Forestry Statistics 2012 - Finance & Prices

Financial return from forestry investment

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Returns to investors in forestry are made up of sales of timber (standing or felled), sales of other goods and services, increases in the value of the woodland (from annual increment or market factors), and the net income from subsidies (e.g. planting grants) less taxes. The investors' costs are made up of employment costs and other purchases.

Estimates of the overall return from commercial forestry are produced annually in the Investment Property Databank (IPD) UK Forestry Index, available at www.ipd.com/OurProducts/Indices/UnitedKingdom/UKForestry/tabid/1012/Default.aspx. The index is calculated from a sample of 140 private sector coniferous plantations of predominantly Sitka spruce in mainland Britain. The IPD UK Forestry Index is outside the scope of National Statistics.

The index shows a total return of 21.6% per annum for the three year period 2009 to 2011, and an annual return of 34.8% for 2011 (Table 8.2). This contrasts with the negative returns experienced earlier in the decade.

Table 8.2 IPD UK Forestry Index: Returns from forestry, 2002-2011

Period ending

Index (1992=100)

Annual % return

3 year return

(annual average %)

2002

105.3 -4.7 -2.9

2003

106.7 1.3 -1.5

2004

116.5 9.2 1.8

2005

133.3 14.4 8.2

2006

160.7 20.6 14.6

2007

211.4 31.6 22.0

2008

226.2 7.0 19.3

2009 

251.4 11.1  16.1

2010

301.6 20.0 12.6

2011

406.7 34.8 21.6

Source: IPD UK Forestry Index

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics

Figure 8.2 IPD UK Forestry Index: Returns from forestry

Figure 8.2 IPD UK Forestry Index: Returns from forestry

Source: IPD UK Forestry Index

Note:

1.  Data collected for the IPD UK Forestry Index started in 1992

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics

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