Southfields Forestry Ltd is Southland-owned and operated.
Craig is Southland born and bred and grew up on a farm near Lorneville. He learned his farming and forestry skills on the farm first established by his grandfather Cecil Milne, a well-known Dalgety stock agent and a Ranfurly Shield winning Southland rugby player.
When Craig’s dad Keith sold off the majority of the farm when he was younger, Craig found his interest turning to trees. Running his own flax shelter belt business from the age of 16, he went on to work in Forestry on completing school in 1996.
Craig completed a Forestry Management degree in 2000 and worked in a management role in the Hawkes Bay Beech Forest industry for a couple of years. Being young and having a hankering to see the world, Craig took a break to explore working on farms in the UK then as a Captain and Project Manager around the world for super yachts.
He kept his hand in forestry helping to manage the forestry block at Lorneville.
On returning home to Southland from the OE in 2011, Craig once again went into Forestry Management in silviculture which lead to harvesting.
He saw the need for a dedicated forestry consultancy in Southland, and with the ability to get the best prices for wood from any avenue, he established Southfields Forestry Ltd in late 2016.
Since working with a small family run portable sawmill whilst in Hawkes Bay Craig has dreamed of owning his own. At the start of 2018 he made this dream a reality and we have since been cutting timber for joinery inside and out, sleepers and slabs for feature pieces. One of which we have in our own kitchen.
"I was impressed with the tidy job they did, Craig has got an impressive team behind him that know how to get the job done with minimal impact on the environment."
"We have worked with Craig and his team with our farm forestry. Craig and the team have done logging on the farm. They were well organised and we were very happy with the harvesting and log prices achieved.
Craig is our first choice for planting and silverculture.
We have also had their portable sawmill on site and were very pleased with the timber cut."
Erne Hill Ltd
Ian & Heather Smith, July 2018
"Craig Milne has worked on our 200 acre plantation over the last few years, while working with Craigpine and now with his own company, Southfields.
We are very pleased with the working relationship we have with Craig. Craig has organised planting, spraying, releasing, pruning, measuring, and logging of our forest and we are very pleased with the results. His knowledge of all areas of forestry are valued by our committee."
Rural Women NZ Forestry Scheme (Southland) Inc