In 1989 Bob and Maureen Clark, Directors of Batsford Timber, faced a dilemma. After many years of fencing in the Midlands area as a contractor Bob felt that he needed to diversify the business.
Having been selling timber from a small storage area at the bottom of his garden Bob decided a bigger yard area was needed and after finding a suitable yard space on the Batsford Estate, just outside of Moreton in Marsh, Batsford Timber was born.
Bob related “as many people will know setting up a new venture is tough. We had a small peeling and pointing line as well as a treatment
plant which gave us the advantage of controlling our own production and the materials for our fencing team.”
In 1992 the production line was moved to a new larger site and in 1994 a Morbark pole peeling line was installed, one of the first in the country. Bob worked hard on developing Batsford Timber as a ‘one stop shop’ for fencing contractors as well as offering a range of garden products to the public.
A few years later an opportunity arose to take on a new site on the Longleat Estate in Wiltshire. Bob continues “We took a big leap taking on another site in 1999. We put a lot of work into developing a new shop and office area and increasing the range of products that had previously been offered from the site.”
But just as the new Longleat Depot found its feet disaster struck as a fire in the Creosote and Tanalising plant put paid to the progress that had been made. “After the fire was a very challenging time for the company and it took a few years to fully recover from it” Bob said.
Now things are very different from those early days as Batsford Timber runs two Tanalith E treatment plants and one of the few remaining pressure Creosoting plants in the UK.
Robin Clark, Director of Batsford Timber said “having grown up around the business I have seen the challenges the company has faced, none more so than when it came to replace our Sales Manager at our Midlands Depot who had been with us since the beginning. However we were delighted that Hilary Hool and Morgan Webley, both previously of Tornado Wire, decided to join our team and we’ve really enjoyed the enthusiasm they have bought to their roles.”
As Batsford Timber celebrate their 30th Anniversary (with a company trip to the zoo for all the staff) we wish them all the best and a successful future.