An East Sussex family farm has diversifiedtheir farm and boosted profits with the addition of a sawmill to the mix.
If it had not been for a chance windstormsome 15 years ago, Alex Gingell may never have discovered a way to make hisfarm profitable.
With a large mortgage in front of him, afamily to feed, and meagre farm profits supporting both, Alex worked his tractof land from dawn until dusk. When a large storm system swept through, leavingscores of trees down across his land, Alex attempted to turn a disaster intoopportunity and sell the trees to the sawmills around him. He found that theywere unwilling to pay much for them, so Alex hired a fellow with a portableWood-Mizer sawmill to come and cut them all for him, then sold the lumber tolocal builders and made a good return.
That was the beginning of Alex Gingellscareer as a sawmiller. He now owns two Wood-Mizer sawmills, an LT40 and a newWM1000 for cutting big logs. Although the majority of his day is spent on thesawmill, he has refined his farming system so that the two work together toprovide his family and employees with a comfortable income. Alexs son Harryjoined the company recently, and they are quite pleased with business. Jump inthe Land Rover for a tour of the farm and sawmill here – http://youtu.be/tbwICgDu6Sc