Jim Wilmer & Sons also harvest first and second crop thinnings. We carefully choose machines most suitable for working different types thinnings sites and have vastly experienced operators available. Thinnings needs to be a very balanced operation.  Thinning the crop too much occurs windblow.  The right balance of what is taken out needs to be right.  We pride ourself in leaving a first class site with no skint trees or damage to route plates. 

Harvesting Thinnings

When harvesting thinnings, the choice of machine is essential. We mainly use our John Deere 1070E with a JD 414 harvesting head. This machine is the very narrow to manoeuvre through the forest causing minimal damage to standing trees and tree routes. This machine is very effective for doing first and second crop thinnings. We also use John Deere 1270E harvesters for second thinnigs to cope with larger trees.

Forwarding Thinnings

For forwarding thinnings we mainly use our small John Deere 810D. It manauvors through the forrest effectively also causing minimal distrurbance to other standing trees because of its narrow width.  We also use our John Deere 1110E forwarder in second crop thinnings which carries a larger load capacity.

Top Quality Harvesting & Forwarding

We at Jim Wilmer & Sons work very hard to ensure our harvesting sites are run as efficient as possible. Our three site harvesting managers as well as Jim and David Wilmer, go round each site to ensure quality and target levels are being reached. We pride ourselves on the presentation of our harvesting sites and always meet deadlines such as orders for boats and demand of product sizes for our customers.

Minimizing Environmental Impact

During site operations a close eye is kept on our impact on the environment by our staff and Site Managers. Water courses are protected by means of minimizing crossing points and implementing buffer zones. Regular thatching to brash mats help lower the risk of diffuse pollution.

Crop optimization

All of our harvesters run the latest computer software available with fully operational optimising programs to ensure correct crop productivity. Our operators are fully trained to use them and set them up to their maximum capability.

Accuracy & Calibration

All operators carry out daily length and diameter checks and calibration to ensure accurate measuring according to the provided specification sheets.

Health & Safety

We are active members of the Forest Industry Safety Accord and Jim Wilmer is a member of the FISA Steering Group, working towards improving safety standards in our industry. Working closely with FISA helps our managers with Health & Safety information and literature which can then be passed to our staff through toolbox talks and regular update training. All staff complete site specific risk assessments and method statements before work commences on any new site and are trained with our company policy & procedure manual on induction to the company and receive regular update training. This covers topics such as; lone working procedures, emergency contact numbers, FISA Safety Guidelines and many more. Every employee at Jim Wilmer & Sons is fully trained and certificated in first aid. Our company employs the services of Citation Ltd specialize in Health & Safety and look after our companies health & and updates training. A 24 hour advice helpline service is also available to us.