New report findings show 2013 is a record year for Forestry Trade.
Last week Savills and UPM Tilhill launched the annual report in London and Edinburgh, which shows a modest increase in sales and growth on what is already a strong market for commercial conifer plantations. The key findings were:
- 50% more forestry property has been traded in the last year compared to that in 2012.
- £97.3 million in trade, 8.5 times the value traded in 2000.
- Average land value for investment woodland was £7,057.50ha and 17.7% return over the past 5 years.
2013 was a record year!
Values of property and per stocked hectare have also increased with averages sitting higher than that of previous years.
Jonathan Henson of Savills commented on the findings stating, “As the year progressed, an improvement in the economy led to early signs of growth in the sector. This was strongly supported by a number of forestry investment funds and high net worth individuals who have been active at the top end. Both sectors of the market have been aggressively bidding for good quality spruce forests which offer reasonable scale and access to timber markets.”
Initiatives like ‘Grown in Britain’ have also been praised through the report for its movement to promote and encourage the use of quality productive woodland products.
Please click here to download the report.
If you would like more information on the report please call us on 01536 408840.
This Friday (29th November) Justin Mumford will be speaking at the Farm Business Innovation Show 2013, so if you would like to discuss any of the above, or any other forestry topic please do catch up with him.