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Investment Drivers

There are a number of fundamentals which underpin the UK forestry market for investors:

  • The UK has excellent growing conditions for commercial species of conifers.
  • There is a large domestic market for timber products, which is not satisfied internally and relies on imports worth £6.4bn per annum.
  • Current timber availability projections show significant shortfalls in supply appearing from about 2030.
  • The UK has a well-developed, dynamic timber processing industry.
  • The UK forestry industry benefits from favourable tax treatment, including on income tax, capital gains tax and inheritance tax.
  • Overall the capital value of land has performed well historically.