Environmental Minister, Màiri McAllan MSP, was welcomed to James Jones & Sons Lockerbie site yesterday by David Leslie, Joint Managing Director and Rob MacKenna, General Manager South Operations.

The Minister was shown the award winning new visitor facility, whilst discussing a range of topics surrounding how the company is supporting the rural economy and contributing to Net Zero. Specifically, decarbonisation, new planting and investment into research and development was on the agenda. The company’s approach to staff development and attracting talent into the Forestry and Timber sector as well as its commitment to the local community was also covered in combination with the economic benefit of the site and timber industry overall. Following discussions, which included a presentation on James Jones & Sons, the minister was shown around the Lockerbie 3 sawmill, the most advanced log processing facility in Scotland.

Speaking about the visit, David Leslie, Joint Managing Director, said "We were delighted to welcome the Minister to our Lockerbie site yesterday and to have the opportunity to discuss topics that are paramount to the success of the industry. We have a strong commitment towards our green credentials, supporting the local community and investing in innovation and staff development, whilst focussing on producing our only naturally renewable resource, Timber, that has always been a fundamental part of our Group ethos and strategy."