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Can Money Grow on Trees? Woodland and forestry investment seminar in The National Forest

Tuesday, 22nd February 2011

Making Woods Work, the woodland economy development project being run for the National Forest Company, has organised the seminar to highlight the potential of investing in woodlands, for people who work in financial advisory or land management sectors.

The event will include presentations on business and investment opportunities within forestry, timber marketing and prices and forest certification.

Forestry has the potential to offer a return for anyone looking for an ethically responsible home for their money. Woodland investment has a proven track record with a keen interest being shown in recent years. Diversifying woodlands and facilities for specialist user groups can deliver income streams and business opportunities in addition to timber.

Ben Scotting, the Making Woods Work project manager, says: ‘Timber is a commodity but it is an infinitely renewable one, so there is always a growing resource from which to harvest and a marketable freehold property to sell on at any point. Forestry is a viable option for those who are concerned that their money is working both financially and environmentally.’

For anyone with land within The National Forest, which covers 200 square miles of Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire, the National Forest Company offers financial support for woodland creation. Nearly eight million trees have been planted since the Forest began in the early 1990s.

Trees have many varied advantages when they are growing and when used as timber: they provide shelter and food for wildlife and birds; they are good for the planet, acting as a carbon ‘sink’; woodland is an attractive and healthy environment; and timber has the lowest energy consumption of any commonly used building material.

The seminar on 25 February is free of charge and takes place at Rosliston Forestry Centre, Rosliston, near Swadlincote, Derbyshire. The wood-fuelled Centre has many facilities on site including eco-friendly business units for local companies and attractive self-catering timber lodges.  For more information or to book a place at the seminar contact Glenis Johnson at the National Forest Company on 01283 551211 or email gjohnson@nationalforest.org.uk.