Another Robust Year for Forestry

ForestryTHE AVERAGE price of commercial forestry on the market rose 23% over the last year, according to the latest sector statistics.

The 21st edition of the UK Forest Market Report, produced by Tilhill Forestry and John Clegg and Co, outlined a positive outlook for the ‘robust’ market in its annual analysis, and highlighted its ‘powerful attraction as an investment asset’.

That year-on-year rise in average forestry values takes it to £11,478 per stocked hectare, pushing a 21% increase in the total value of the forestry market.

Commercial forestry transactions worth £126.5m were completed in the past year, with14,235 ha of forestry traded in 2019, encompassing 81 forests, at an average cost £1.56m.

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Opportunities in sustainable timberland

This article first appeared in Personal Wealth, The Edge Malaysia Weekly, on May 13, 2019 – May 19, 2019.

Interest in sustainable and impact forestry investing has been growing steadily over the past two decades, according to a new report by The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) titled “Scaling impact investing in forestry”.

This presents an opportunity for impact investors to push for social and environmental change in the forestry asset class. Continue reading “Opportunities in sustainable timberland”

Agroforestry trials needed to improve farm productivity post-Brexit, report says

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Government support for farmers seeking to integrate trees and agriculture should also be trialled, according to the policy document “Agroforestry in England: Benefits, Barriers and Opportunities” launched today (12 June) by the Woodland Trust and Soil Association.

Agroforestry, the combination of trees and shrubs with agriculture, involves rows of trees through arable crops like wheat, dotted through pasture like parkland, or planted close together to provide cover for plants and animals.

Combining trees and farming can increase productivity, diversify farm businesses, protect soils from erosion, store carbon, increase habitat for pollinators and act as a natural flood defence.

The report, which follows on from last year’s agroforestry conference, was launched at the All Party Parliamentary Group for Agroecology, hosted by Baroness Miller and Kerry McCarthy MP. Continue reading “Agroforestry trials needed to improve farm productivity post-Brexit, report says”