Many woodland owners are not fully aware of the financial potential of their woodlands and how they can make best return from them.
There has always been a reasonable demand for sawlogs, but what we have seen in recent years is a substantial increase in the value of small roundwood and many previously uneconomic woodlands can now make a financial return for the woodland owner.
There are several reasons for this including:
- The introduction of the Renewable Heat Incentive, a scheme open to both domestic and commercial users which contributes towards the cost of heating property using a sustainable resource.
- Firewood values have risen significantly, mainly due to the increasing price of oil, gas, coal and electricity and more people installing fuel efficient log burners in their property as alternative heat sources
- The demand created by some of the largest coal power stations around the country who have converted/partially converted to burning sustainable products including wood chips
- New small local power stations fuelled by sustainable products
- To maximise the financial return and secure other benefits from woodlands, consistent with the owners objectives, woodlands need to well managed and ideally under an approved woodland management plan.
Grants are available through the Countryside Stewardship Scheme to produce woodland management plans, and may be available to help rehabilitate previously neglected woodlands and for new woodland creation and establishment
Accurate measurement & valuation and good marketing of sawlogs and small roundwood is essential, to maximise the value of woodland products. We can often achieve better prices for clients by putting groups of woodlands together for timber sales as well as bulk purchasing of plants and other materials for replanting felled sites.
ADAS Forestry Consultants can advise on all aspects of forestry management.
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