Investments in sustainable and commercial forestry that aim to deliver social, environmental and economic impact

Investments in sustainable and commercial forestry that aim to deliver social, environmental and economic impact

Forestry investment with Gresham House

Commercial forestry is a sustainable real asset that diversifies an investment portfolio, providing exposure to potential increases in both the price of timber and the underlying land.

Gresham House has been managing commercial forestry assets on behalf of institutions, endowments, family offices and private investors for over 40 years.

As at 30 September 2022, we manage £3.4bn (€3.9bn) of client assets in the UK, Europe and Australasia, making us one of the largest global forestry asset managers by value, and the largest in the UK. Exchange rate as at 30 September 2022.

Our forestry investments involve the ownership of freehold land on which commercial timber is grown and harvested.

In line with Gresham House’s ESG commitments, this is done in a sustainable manner, making forestry a green investment. In certain markets we specifically grow forests for the purpose of carbon sequestration.

How to invest in forestry

Why invest in Forestry?

Forestry has proven an attractive alternative asset for long-term investors, as it provides the opportunity to benefit from the value of a naturally growing commodity and the security of ownership of the underlying land.

This allows for:

  • An income stream from timber harvested from the forest
  • Long-term capital appreciation in a sustainable and tax-efficient* manner
  • Portfolio diversification through uncorrelated returns to more traditional asset classes
  • Inflation protection
  • Reduced volatility

* Subject to individual circumstances and under current UK taxation laws. For further information about IHT, income tax and capital gains tax treatment please visit our tax-efficient investments page

Over the next 30 years, Gresham House expects global timber consumption to rise by an average of 3.1% per annum, driven by increasing urbanisation and rising GDP per capita.

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How can I invest in Forestry?

Investors can access forestry investment in two ways:

Gresham House Forest Charter

As a leading forestry investor we take our responsibilities to sustainability and governance very seriously.

As highlighted in our Global Timber Outlook paper, a sustainable and long term timber supply is crucial to enabling the world’s transition to a lower carbon, sustainable model, through concrete and steel’s continued replacement as building materials.

Our Forestry team is focused on the management and delivery of long term, sustainable timber production. However, there is recognition that both forest development and timber production can and should be done in an even more sustainable and environmentally sympathetic manner – and that forests and tree planting can make a significant contribution to global net zero carbon and biodiversity targets. This means that forest management will change.

The Gresham House Forest Charter sets out our verifiable commitments and targets relating to sustainable forest management.

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UK Forestry investment fundamentals

Forestry is a proven asset class which has delivered compelling real returns for institutional, family office and private investors.

Key attributes include:

  • Asset-backing
  • Independent certification as a sustainable and socially responsible investment
  • Potential for returns with minimal correlation to mainstream asset classes (but positive correlation to inflation)
  • We expect global demand for timber to increase substantially

In our latest UK Forestry Investment Fundamentals paper, released in April 2022, we go into more detail about the benefits, drivers and risks inherent in forestry investment.

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