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Forest Market Report

Since 1997, Tilhill Forestry have been compiling a database of commercial forestry sales. This now contains details of some 1,400 transactions of forests over 20ha in size which are primarily stocked with conifers. The Report includes publicly recorded sales and where possible, off market sales. Tilhill Forestry have advised investors on a high proportion of these transactions.

The 2014 report shows that it was the second busiest year on record and that £82.85m of forestry property was traded, representing some 13,390ha. This is over seven times the value traded in 2000.

Overall, Scotland remains the biggest market with over 77% (by value) of the properties traded, with England (15% ) and Wales (7%) some way behind. The market showed a 30% increase in the number of transactions from 2013, although the average of a transaction is smaller. 2014 saw a smaller average property size  coming to market.

Typically properties sold at, or over guide price, often substantially, with 61% of the properties traded at or above their guide price, and only 14% falling below guide. (The remaining transactions were off market or without a guide price). One exceptional sale went through at 230% of the guide price.

The average price paid per stocked hectare in 2014 was £6,190, which represents an annualised growth rate since 2002 of 12.8%.