Tuesday 25 September 2018

We can build a solid economic future on wood

While many sectors still struggle to claw their way out of the recession, forestry, it has to be said, finds itself in rather robust good health. In the summer of 2010, when the country was perhaps at its lowest ebb, timber prices were at an historic all-time high.

While they have since fallen, prices for all categories of timber remain strong. Our construction industry may still be in the doldrums but we operate in a global marketplace and world demand for timber shows no sign of abating.

Furthermore, until very recently, thinning almost invariably cost money and we counted ourselves fortunate if we could make the operation break even.

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