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Our Forestry team is focused on the management and delivery of long-term, sustainable timber production and wider afforestation.
Investment in forestry diversifies an investment portfolio and provides exposure to potential increases in the value of timber, carbon credits, natural capital and underlying land value.
We have a multi-decade track record investing in forestry as a source of natural capital and are the UK’s largest forestry asset manager. Our forests and tree planting can make a significant contribution to global net zero carbon and biodiversity targets.
As a leading forestry investor we take our responsibilities to sustainability and governance very seriously.
The Gresham House Forest Charter sets out our verifiable commitments and targets relating to sustainable forest management.
A sustainable and long-term timber supply is crucial to enabling the world’s transition to a lower carbon economy, as highlighted in our Global Timber Outlook.
Our forestry investments involve the ownership of freehold land on which sustainable timber, carbon sequestration and other natural capital opportunities can be created, managed and optimised.
Forestry has proven an attractive alternative asset for long-term investors, and a haven for in times of macroeconomic downturns, underpinned by the biological growth of trees, low correlation to mainstream asset classes, and timber acting as a strong inflation hedge. 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:
Investors can access forestry investment in two ways:
To be provided with information you must:
* Client Financial Information FormSuitability assessment
Our forestry team acts for the purchaser, negotiating the purchase and closing the transaction. We provide investors with detailed reporting and recommended woodland management.
Direct ownership of forestry assets, when outside of a collective investment scheme, is not regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.
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Please download our Terms of Business. By completing and signing this form you grant Gresham House permission to act on your behalf in the acquisition of forestry assets.
Sustainable forest management is the practice of managing forests in a way that preserves their ecological, social, and economic values and functions for the present and future.
It involves the responsible management of the natural resources within the forest, preserving the health and integrity of the forest ecosystem while also optimising the benefits to society.
This includes activities such as planting and replanting trees, controlling pests and diseases, reducing the impact of forest operations on the environment, and ensuring local communities are consulted throughout the process.
Sustainable land management refers to the use and management of land resources in a way that meets the needs of present generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs.
This includes ensuring that natural resources such as soil and water are protected, and restored where possible, to ensure ecosystems can continue to support long-term human land use requirements such as food and timber production. It also involves the integration of environmental, social, and economic considerations in land use decision-making and the promotion of practices that contribute to the long-term well-being of both society and the planet.
Natural capital is the stock of all natural resources, including water, air, soil, minerals, plants and living organisms, and the habitats that support them, such as forests, wetlands and grasslands, which deliver value to society through the provision of ecosystem services.
Over the past 36 years, Forestry has produced a double digit compound annual growth rate, making it the best performing investment relative to other major asset classes 1 as well as alternatives such as commercial real estate (CRE).
In this whitepaper, we take an in-depth look at these two asset classes providing a comparative analysis, covering:
1. In this paper, we compared US Forestry, US Commercial Real Estate, High Yield Bonds, Investment Grade Bonds, Global Equities, US Equities, Commodities and Gold (July 2023)Request a copy
Forestry is a proven asset class which has delivered compelling real returns for institutional, family office and private investors.
Key attributes include:
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.