Sawmill site includes two water-powered mills, the
Sawmill and the Turning
Mill. The Sawmill dates from the 1820s and had
recently fallen into disrepair when BCT became owner of
the site in 1999. The Sawmill is a Grade A listed
historic water mill and BCT carried out a major
programme of re-construction and repairs to restore the
Mill and bring it back into operation.
|BCT has operated the
Sawmill since then with David Duncan as sawmiller, to
cut local timber for a wide range of uses. Most of the
timber is pine and larch extracted from the Commonty
Pinewoods by BCT. This is used to produce tree stakes,
posts, rails, boards and other products for
BCT’s own use in its land management and other
projects. When the Sawmill was first restored, BCT
supplied local oak timber cut at the Mill for the
building of the Scottish Parliament. The timber was
used for the flooring in the main Chamber around the
Presiding Officer’s Chair.
BCT gratefully acknowledges the grants
received from Historic Environment Scotland enabling vital
repairs to the mill.
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