Fence posts made from North Wales timber are keeping sheep safe thousands of miles away in the Falkland Islands. Every year a consignment of 4,000 fence posts weighing 20 tons is trucked from Ruthin to Portsmouth on the first stage of an 8,000-mile journey to the South Atlantic, reports the Daily Post from North Wales.
From there the cargo is shipped to Port Stanley on a journey that takes three weeks before Falklands’ farmers use them to fence in the islands’ half-a-million sheep.
The fence posts are specially steam-treated by Clifford Jones Timber to prevent any contamination of the delicate eco-system in the Falkland Islands.
Using timber from sustainable forests, mainly in North Wales, they are made at the Clifford Jones Timber plant in Brickfield Lane, Ruthin, which processes 100,000 tons of timber each year.
“It’s a special consignment which we fulfill every year” said Jones.
The Clifford Jones Timber company is the UK’s largest manufacturer of fence posts, making four million a year.
It prides itself on using every scrap of the 100,000 tons of sustainable timber which comes through its gates each year, making mini-logs from fence post off-cuts.