We are delighted to present the Winter 2017 Bidwells Timber Price Database.
The report collates data returns from 75 sales transactions covering almost 615,000 cubic metres of timber traded predominantly in Scotland as well as Northern England and Wales, during the period April to September (inclusive) 2017.
With a standing value to growers of over £14 million, the results provide a reasonable snapshot of timber prices achieved in the private sector during the reporting period.
When compared to the returns in our first report (October 2016 to March 2017 inclusive) there looks to be little significant change in prices paid, but this picture is perhaps not being backed up by current reports of supply shortages and increasing upwards pressure on standing sales values.
Clearly, the range of prices being achieved for individual lots of similar average tree size is vast, and this will depend on factors such as species, timber quality, location and ease of working. In order to arrive at a more rounded and reliable view on the subject, a greater number of samples would obviously be desirable, allowing more in-depth analysis of the figures to be carried out. There is a lot of coniferous timber being felled in the private sector, and this sample reflects only a small proportion of it!
We hope you find the report interesting. We produce this on a sixth monthly basis and new contributors are welcome. All information is treated in the strictest confidence.
If you have anything you would like to discuss resulting from the publication please do not hesitate to contact us.