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Story of the Business

The Orielton Mill Partnership grew out of the well-known Pembrokeshire Fish Farms and is run by the same partners, Brian and Margot Bateman.

“Aquaculture ceased to be our main occupation in 2004, when we decided to branch out into timber processing.

We researched the planned development in great depth and travelled throughout Europe to source the best and most modern technology, and have now established a sustainable wood workshop which uses only Welsh-grown timber - soft and hardwoods.” Brian, especially, went literally back to his roots, having trained in forestry many years ago, but then decided to join the Army. After leaving the Royal Engineers, he worked for a number of years in Germany. Having gained practical experience in engineering and road transport of heavy machinery, as well as the building trade, he is now well able to work with all aspects of wood processing. He is also a qualified Scaffold Board Inspector (BS2482).

The Orielton Mill saw yard is located in a secluded and picturesque valley in South Pembrokeshire,on the edge of the old Orielton Estate near Hundleton, surrounded by ancient woodlands and is well off the beaten track, however it is easily accessible via its own private drive, leading past tranquil lakes and green pastures.

“Customers are very welcome to call and discuss their requirements. A quick telephone call to let us know when to expect visitors is appreciated, and enables us to plan our day”.

The Orielton Mill Partnership is able to process logs of up to 1.30 metre diameter and due to the state-of-the-art computer-driven sawmill can produce beams, planks and boards precisely to customers’ requirements. “If need be, we can even cut wood for veneer - this may be of interest to furniture makers!” adds Brian.

Hardwood beams - especially sought after for cottage conversions - are a speciality, and the partnership has supplied everything from mantle pieces for cottage fireplaces to supplying large quantities of timber for renovating chalets in the South of the county. “We even helped to equip our local pub with a solid oak bar, oak beams and skirting boards” says Brian -”we call in regularly, just to admire the timber work!”