UK forestry now ripe for investment says industry report

By Gavin McEwan
Horticulture Week
November 23, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Over £111 million of forestry property was sold in the past year, 40% more than in 2016, according to the latest annual UK Forest Market Report. According to the report, prepared by Tilhill Forestry and forestry agent John Clegg & Co, the market has this year returned to growth after a quieter 2016, with 87 forest properties sold for a total of £111 million, compared to a five-year average of £104m a year. The industry is providing investors with annualised returns of 10.7%, and continues to outperform most other asset classes, the report says, adding that it benefits from strong political support due to the industry’s economic contribution, green credentials, carbon sequestration and biodiversity.

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