Forest Products - Clifton Moor - Head Office


A.W. Jenkinson Forest Products was formed in the mid-1960s when founder, Allan Jenkinson, took the initiative in collecting unwanted sawdust from the mills around Penrith in Cumbria using a single tractor and trailer. He then transported the timber by-product to the area’s farms where sawdust was, and still is, in great demand as a bedding product for cattle sheds.

This incisive, original approach with its positive environmental drive, has characterised the work of Allan and his team in the intervening years. At each stage of growth the business has identified a niche, fulfilled its requirements and then developed further to provide a better service than the competition. Soon, the locally available supply of sawdust was outstripped by demand and A.W. Jenkinson was working ever further afield. New opportunities opened up as uses were identified for bark in garden mulch and peat-free compost preparations. Scrap and recycled wood is shredded and cleaned for board manufacture and, more recently, has become a key fuel for environmentally-friendly carbon neutral power stations.

Today A.W. Jenkinson Forest Products and its associated businesses handle over 2 million tonnes of roundwood, chips, sawdust, bark, green waste and other timber co-products each year, collected from forestry sites, sawmills and other wood processing industries throughout the UK. A.W. Jenkinson’s services link forestry, sawmilling, wood processing, building and demolition sectors with the demands of pulp, paper and panel manufacture, energy generation, agriculture, horticulture and amenity markets in an environmentally responsible cycle that makes maximum use of the world’s dwindling resources.

A.W. Jenkinson’s organic growth has been founded on strategic development; listening to customers, identifying trends and then providing efficient, original solutions that fulfil the emerging demands of a series of fast developing market sectors.

Material Processing at Clifton

Raw ungraded bark arrives at A.W. Jenkinson’s Clifton site in Cumbria from a variety of forestry and sawmilling sources carried by the Group’s fleet of specialist chipliner and walking floor units.

On arrival at AWJ, material is loaded into an automated screening system which removes stones and both ferrous and non-ferrous metals (which are sold for scrap). It then separates the material into four grades; fines, small, medium and oversize. Fines enter the Group’s high quality peat-free compost product stream, oversize material is re-chipped and has contaminants removed before being re-screened. Finally small and medium grades of bark are loaded into Clifton’s automated bagging line where they are packed in branded sacks for many of the UK’s leading retailers.