The timber market for the start of 2019 looks to be remaining buoyant, with a strong demand for all products. Log prices are currently at 2018 prices which themselves were up over 30% on 2017, softwood biomass is particularly in demand and prices continue to rise. It is extraordinary that we are receiving the same price for biomass as we were for softwood sawlogs only two years ago. The strong market is not restricted to conifers and we have also seen significant price increases for oak sawlogs and hardwood firewood.
There has not been a better time since the 1980s to bring woodlands into management and make a good return on your investment. And with improved planting stock the length of the next rotation could be greatly reduced.