Nadine de Chenu
January 21, 2020
We often hear about the importance of diversification and how businesses need to add additional strings to their bow in order to profit and grow. One such area which can often be forgotten is the diversification of land and specifically the use of trees within the setting. Traditionally we think of putting land to use by the way of farming with the growing of crops or grazing of animals, or by selling land for development, however the use of trees can provide many other options available to landowners whilst continuing to help the environment.
In these times of increasing economic pressure, we examine how trees and woodland might help diversify income, both in terms of generating additional income and reducing costs. Here at the Tree and Woodland Company we feel that trees and woods are often regarded as an unproductive asset by both farmers and landowners - this really isn’t the case! Here are some simple ways you can benefit financially from the use of trees on your site.
Timber - Forestry can be the forgotten asset in many landscapes but with market demand increasing thanks to the building industry it’s an all too often undervalued resource. Certain markets utilise lower value forestry products, increasing utilised timber and decreasing waste from felling operations.
Favourable Government grant schemes for felling and replanting offer woodland owners the option to make positive returns on their assets and bring woodland back into productivity. With the UK timber prices regularly rising year on year and with demand increasing, ensuring you’re making the most of your forestry landscape makes economic sense.
Fuel - For those landowners with existing mature woodland on site, it may be an untapped source of timber, firewood or biomass either for personal use or for sale. Alternatively, planting a new woodland offers the opportunity to utilise less productive areas of the landscape and can really add value to the site. A mixed broadleaf and coniferous woodland could see firewood production after 15 – 20 years.
It’s always best to have a clear woodland management plan to guide any felling or replantings and here at the Tree and Woodland Company we’re able to advise you every step of the way.
Recreation - Mature woodland can provide a backdrop for income generating recreational activities such as glamping, adventure experiences and forest schools. As well as providing an amazing place to visit you’re also supporting the local environment and helping to promote learning about nature. Careful planning is vital, however, to avoid damaging the woodland habitat. Specialist teams such as the Tree and Woodland Company are able to provide comprehensive management plans for your ventures.
If diversification seems like the way forward for your business, you don’t have to go it alone. Contact us for tailored advice on planting and managing trees to meet your business goals, as well as the potential grants and funding available to assist you.