UKTC Archive

Re: FC sell off?

Subject: Re: FC sell off?
From: Luke Steer
Date: Nov 24 2008 16:20:38
We'll have to wait and see won't we although I'm sure that the Govt will try 
to maintain all the public benefits that they currently provide.  Maybe 
they'll dedicate them for open access under the CROW Act (is it Section 16?). 

Traditionally woodlands hold their value well.  We are a timber importing 
country and there is a strong market for 'hobby' woodlands.  Many long term 
investors will find woodlands attractive.  There are also tax advantages; no 
inheritance tax or I think corporation tax.  

Personally I'm not in favour.  The FC provide loads of access land, tourist 
destinations, mountain bike trails etc.  Private owners may try to maintain 
some of those but I doubt that they'll be maintained at the same high 
standard .  After all the FC has been drawing down from the public purse for 
the last few years because they haven't been able to maintain their estate on 
the revenue they get from timber sales and their other enterprises.  

As Bill would say: Ho Hum.

Regards

Luke Steer  BSc.(Hons), Dip.Arb.(RFS), F.Arbor.A. MICFor.
Chartered Arboriculturist

Treescapes Consultancy Ltd.
Melbourne
17 Millans Park
Ambleside
Cumbria
LA22 9AG

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From: STEPHEN SHIELDS <STEPHEN.SHIELDS@xxxxxxxxxxx.GOV.UK>
To: UK Tree Care <uktc@xxxxxx.tree-care.info>
Sent: Monday, 24 November, 2008 4:11:11 PM
Subject: Re: FC sell off?


Tahir wrote 
<<I'm sure plenty of financial institutions can think of wheezes
that'll 
make this a viable proposition (there are armies of underutilised 
dealmakers out there at the moment), if previous sell offs are anything

to go by it'll be hugely undervalued at sell off time anyway.>>

And what will happen to the less commercially viable sites?  Including
some that provide the most amenity and conservation benefits.  Will
these be snatched up be wealthy individuals and used as private
'woodland gardens' with restrictions on public access, or will they be
left to degrade into sycamore and rhododendron woodlands? 

Steve




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