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Fund Web - Money does grow on trees

4 Feb 2014

Forestry produces a good level of return for sophisticated investors who can afford to wait

Forestry News

UK timber imports increase dramatically

17 Jan 2014

The full scale of the unexpected and dramatic turnaround in UK timber product imports has been laid out in the Timber Trade Federation’s (TTF) latest statistics bulletin.

Forestry News

Timberland’s Towering Potential

13 Dec 2013

In times of inflationary peril, hard assets have been shown to outperform in bubble after bubble. Real estate in particular has always been an extremely effective inflation hedge, given that there is limited supply and nearly constant upward pressure on prices over the long-term thanks to population growth.

Autumn Statement 2013: Families will pay an extra £3bn inheritance tax by 2018

5 Dec 2013

Updated figures published with the Autumn Statement show a sharp rise in anticipated death duty revenues, while new measures will make the tax harder to avoid

Forestry News

BSW Timber welcomes Welsh Minister to Newbridge sawmill

29 Nov 2013

The Minister’s visit yesterday marked the latest phase of a multi-million investment programme for the mill. During the past five years, BSW has invested more than £6m in the site which has boosted annual timber production to 150,000m3 of sawn timber each year, mainly for the UK’s construction, fencing and landscaping market.

Forestry News

FIM's Forestry Market Update November 13

28 Nov 2013

FIM's update on the current timber market.

Forestry News

Savills plc : Most active year yet for Forestry - Savills UPM Tillhill Forest Market Report launches

19 Nov 2013

This year's Forest Market Report, launched jointly by Savills and UPM Tilhill, states that the UK's forest market has never been more active than in the last twelve months, with Scottish sales leading the way and significant growth in Wales

Renewables News

View the acts on facts video about wind energy

7 Nov 2013

View the acts on facts video about wind energy

Forestry News

FIM fund property has planting scheme approved

6 Nov 2013

Work by UPM Tilhill ecology experts to monitor the behaviour of a pair of Golden eagles will lead to a better understanding of the interaction between new woodland creation and the potential loss of open ground to golden eagles in Scotland.

Renewables News

FIM advises John Laing on the refinancing of Carscreugh wind farm in Scotland

25 Oct 2013

John Laing has completed the refinancing of the 15.3MW Carscreugh onshore wind farm located in Dumfries and Galloway, South West Scotland.

Forestry News

Global sawlog prices trending upwards

22 Oct 2013

Sawlog price trends around the world were mixed in the 2Q/13, with prices increasing in log exporting regions of North America and Oceania, but declining in Europe, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly. The GSPI Price Index rose 5.1% from the 1Q/13 to the highest level since 2011.

Forestry News

Forestry sector in softwood planting warning

22 Oct 2013

SCOTLAND’S £1 billion forestry industry will come under threat from a lack of softwood if the Scottish Government does not raise support for planting, the sector’s trade body has warned.

Renewables News

Increasing risk of power blackouts in the UK

18 Oct 2013

There has been a lot of speculation recently about the increasing risk of power blackouts in the UK. When respected figures such as Alistair Buchanan, formerly the chief executive of Ofgem is worried about potential power cuts due to the closure of ageing power plants, dwindling gas stocks and a failure to build enough new generating capacity, then the situation is getting serious.

Forestry News

Campaign urges UK consumers to buy homegrown wood products

15 Oct 2013

A new campaign is aiming to encourage consumers to buy wood products – from furniture to fuel – that were grown and processed in the UK. Grown in Britain, launched on Tuesday, will label products from British woodlands and encourage the growth of indigenous industries such as sawmills, forestry and wood treatment.

Forestry News

UK Forest Fund now one of the largest forest owners in the UK.

15 Oct 2013

Following the conclusion of the latest fund raising, FIM Forest Fund I LP is now one of the largest forest owners in the UK. The LP raised a further £19.1 million, increasing the value of the portfolio to over £60 million. It now owns 9,851 hectares of highly productive commercial forestry and is harvesting some 220,000 tonnes of timber per annum.

Forestry News

FIM Services reaches GBP 0.5 billion milestone of funds under management

14 Oct 2013

Despite the excellent returns from UK commercial forestry over the past three years, FIM believes that there is no better time to be investing in UK forestry. As evidenced by the IPD Forestry Index, and even before allowing for the significant tax advantages applicable to UK forestry, over three, five and ten year periods the asset class has delivered superior returns to equities, gilts, rural, and commercial property.