Our story

By doing things differently Arbor Forest Products has grown to become one of the largest independent timber importing businesses in the UK.

Always putting the customer first

Since 1951 we’ve continuously built relationships with our customers and suppliers by responding to their needs.

We’re a family business, and we treat our staff like family. That’s why so many of our colleagues have stayed with the business for decades, building their expertise and moving with the times to help us succeed against some of the industry’s giants.

Fraser Dunn

Quality products and quality processes are what drive our passion.

Fraser Dunn

Purchasing Manager

1960s: The Beginning

Purchase of land at New Holland was the first step in our growth, enabling us to increase our stock holding and start shipping timber directly from Sweden, so we could offer a consistent supply to our customers.

1980s: Adding Value

We began manufacturing softwood to ensure quality products. Customers trusted our service and expertise and were keen for us to supply manufactured products as well as the raw material. We built a sawmill and more storage sheds to facilitate this second growth stage.

1990s: Seizing Opportunities

Arbor Forest Products is able to identify and quickly take advantage of new opportunities, and we became the first UK company to bring in Russian cargo outside the Soviet Timber Trade Federation. The dock was completely refurbished to cope with increasing tonnage and is now the largest of its kind in the UK.

Arbor Forest Products timber

2000s: The Game Changer

We extended our product lines and began manufacturing MDF, providing a complete multi-product offering. Continual investment and a focus on customer-centric processes allowed us to eliminate minimum order requirements by delivering all our products on one vehicle – our revolutionary Warehouse on Wheels service.