In a recent @farmersjournal article they described a forestry fund seeking to purchase 18,000 hectares
Green Belt is always seeking new investment opportunities to present to our clients, both new and old. Across Ireland, the UK and Europe we explore and examine forestry and forestry related investment options offering a range of returns suitable for all risk appetites.
Please keep in touch with us to stay informed on all exciting projects. Our focus is to provide a number of investments utilising various models and vehicles to make the returns most attractive and efficient. This includes providing a platform for 'retail investors' - those regarded by the central bank as unqualified.
Green Belt has an excellent track record in sourcing and manging forestry investments for both individuals and groups across the world. In Panama, we successfully established 1,800 hectares of Teak in 2005 and sold to a pension fund in 2013, providing returns of 12 - 14% to all our clients.
Similarly, we have purchased blocks of forestry and planting land across Ireland and the UK for individuals providing management services to maximise the financial returns for each investor.
Dendrophobia is the fear of trees - it's hard to imagine why you might be but everyone is different and isn't that what makes the world interesting?
At Green Belt we want to help you get over your fear - we'll introduce you to a tree, you can get to know it and soon, you might even embrace one - but we'll draw the line at tree hugger!
Once your fear is conquered, you might then realise that forestry is an incredible asset and one that offers strongs returns on investment, is a hedge versus inflation and is consistently less volatile than traditional equities. It also benefits greatly from favourable tax treatment.
Call Maurice on 087 675 3097 or email to learn more on how to make your life easier.
Green Belt have a number of investment opportunities available for people loking to invest into a safe, secure commodity which offers strong returns consistently.
Green Belt is Ireland's largest private forestry group and as such, offers opportunities to those interested in either becoming involved or expanding their involvement in forestry. Below we have highlighted some options to consider. Further information is available on all Green Belt's services:
Green Belt European Forestry Investment: Green Belt is investing €25+ million into semi mature forestry plantations across Europe offering expected returns of 8% over a 15 year term.
We are inviting investment into a first closing of €10 million which will be used to acquire carefully selected plantations across Ireland and other carefully chosen jurisdictions.
With clean title, adequate infrastructure to manage the plantations and direct access to sawmills and markets, these plantations will return revenues from thinning and harvesting operations which will be managed by Green Belt.
Using a structured limited partnership formed by industry experts, this investment will be regulated by the central bank of Ireland and will be independently audited through the FSC.
To learn more of this investment, read the attached downloadable document and contact Maurice Ryan. This is an exciting investment into an asset class that is a hedge against inflation, is treated favourably for tax, is non volatile and consistently outperforms traditional equities and stocks.
Tax Free Capital Growth
Your forest will appreciate in value annually tax free. By the time the forest reaches 15 years maturity your thinnings will be ready for use as fencing stakes, pulp or woodchip. From year 15 onwards the thinnings become more valuable and the uses for your timber become more variable as your trees mature. A well-managed crop of Sitka Spruce should be ready for clearfell after 30-35 years, depending on the site, and at today's prices should yield a return of over €8,000 per acre (excluding the land) at clearfell. Longer term broadleaves should yield considerably more.
Annual Tax Free Income
Farm forestry will generate a tax free income which is paid annually. The premium rates will depend on the species planted and classification of land. This annual tax free premium is payable for a period of 20 years.
Generous Grants Mean No Capital Investment
When you decide to plant your land; there is a grant to cover the planting costs. In nearly all cases it is sufficient to cover everything from planting to establishment to fencing. This means you are acquiring a substantial asset without the need for a personal capital investment. As the forestry earns continually throughout its life, there is no opportunity cost with establishing a plantation. For many it is an ideal earner, with a generous pay-out at clearfell.
Green Belt Ltd is Ireland's largest private forestry company - Green Belt was established in 1982 since then it has seen substantial growth and currently ranks as the largest and most progressive private forestry company in this country - managing in excess of 300,000 planted acres.
Green Belt manages forestry plantations for all the main Pension Funds in Ireland along with many corporate investors. As well as doing the bulk of private planting for farmers, Green Belt also purchase land for an increasing number of farmers and investors who are diversifying their portfolios and farm holdings.
Maurice looks after the planning and implementation of thinning operations across the Southern areas of Ireland. Maurice aims to maximise short and long term value in his clients plantations through efficient and high quality thinning and harvesting. Please contact him directly to see how Green Belt can improve your crops earning potential.
Green Belt Ltd is Irelands largest private forestry company
Green Belt was established in 1982 by Tim O’Brien and Mossie Ryan, both qualified and experienced foresters.
Since then it has seen substantial growth and currently ranks as the largest and most progressive private forestry company in this country - managing in excess of 320,000 planted acres. Included in our clients are all the main pension funds in Ireland as well as many corporate investors.
At establishment phase, Green Belt operates a 4 year management contract which is specifically designed for farmers. We will undertake to establish a forest for you, the farmer or investor, utilising the grant paid by the Forest Service. This contract relieves you of all the risks in establishing your plantation and leaves you free to concentrate on your main farming activities. In most circumstances the grant covers establishment costs. The premium is available for the forest owner for 15 years, at an average value of €206 per acre per annum.
As forest owner you always own the land and timber. Green Belt works with you to enhance the plantation and maximise the potential returns from your forestry.
Our inital priority is to see the plantation through to year 4 establishment. From that point Green Belt would like to work with you through to maturity and manage your plantation to achieve the maximum return from your timber.
Semi Mature Forestry:
With many forests now having reached 20 years of age, there are no longer premiums available for these plantations (old schemes ran for 20 years). Many of these farmers are now considering selling on their assets and potentially reinvesting into new land to farm the premiums. As a result, there is ample opportunity to acquire high quality semi mature forestry plantations. The term to maturity is much reduced, thus the returns can be very attractive - in the region of 5% - 7% per annum, compounded. Green Belt source, negotiate and manage these plantations on your behalf. Annual reports and a detailed program of activity keep you informed of your investment. Many indigenous and international investors work with Green Belt to improve their portfolio. A long term proven track record and excellent reputation has made us the clear choice for forestry management in Ireland, the UK and Europe.