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How Much Money Does a Woodland Timber Investment Make?

For many years, investors have been enticed by woodland timber as a complementary asset. As soon as you own land, trees simply grow naturally – you don’t need to collect rent. And unlike numerous other types of real estate (in addition to farmland), it doesn’t involve much organisation.

Timber has a relatively low association with real estate and with the stock market. What’s more, when you own woodland timber, you own land that you have the benefit of being able to see, touch, fish, hunt – and even build another property – on.

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The Fundamental Finances of Owning Woodland Timber Land

Aside from land inflation or the possibility your timber woodland will turn into a master planner shopping centre or subdivision, its prime source of revenue is the sale of mature trees to be pulverised and then marketed for building or something else. Typically, trees mature in roughly 20 years.

You could see yourself earning a decent income, but this depends on what kind of trees cover your woodland and what the market’s looking like when selling the timber. You could make roughly £300 to £1,500 per acre, which would work out at about £40 annually in income across 25 years.

The land isn’t free, and sometimes, there’s a little maintenance required together with several property taxes. It’s also not unusual to see harvests on woodland timber in the 5-6% bracket.

The Disadvantages of Managing and Owning Woodland Timber

Perhaps the biggest problem with owning timber woodland is the revenue from the natural growth of trees at the same time – when they’re mature and chopped down. And you won’t get rent invoices each month. Instead, you receive an invoice after 25 or so years. As a result, this means a considerable liquidity problem. Because the trees are becoming thicker and larger, you won’t make much profit until the trees are cut down.

As well as managing land or having someone do it on your behalf, another problem with land investment comes from mother nature – insects, forest fires, storms, and disease.

Granted, these are serious issues, but being impacted by a natural disaster won’t automatically destroy your revenue entirely. A fire won’t wipe out every single tree and there’ll still be profit in the woodland timber, as a little of the internal tissue may still live. While the disease may destroy trees, it won’t destroy the life that already exists – and the soil won’t be affected directly.

If you need help with a timber woodland project, Lockhart Garratt has years of experience creating and designing new public woodlands, one of which included Penny Wakefield Community Wood. The project involved designing and implementing a 6ha community woodland to act as mitigation for a 30ha logistics development near Coalville in the National Forest.

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