Goldcrest Land & Forestry Group is a business that brings over seventy years of professional experience in the forestry and rural sector into a nimble, independent partnership.
The partners have a reputation for sound advice, clarity of thought and care for the client’s objectives. Combining the skills of rural surveyors with forestry knowledge offers an ideal blend in the current climate. Whether it is in market brokerage, valuation or asset management the team have the breadth of know-how to help you achieve success.
The GOLDCREST Land & Forestry team have been instrumental in a significant proportion of forestry-related property sales throughout the last four decades.
We broker the sale of woodlands and forestry, residential farming and sporting estates as well as bare land for planting, carbon credits and renewable energy assets including wind, hydro and solar assets.
We are embedded in the rural land markets with an unrivalled understanding of the sector, the relationship between demand and supply and its consequent impact on successful sales.
From the outset of a sale through to completion, we advise and provide independent recommendations and support. Our individually tailored and targeted marketing maximises sale opportunities to genuine and reliable purchasers, a key part of the service we offer. We work closely with the client’s lawyer throughout the process to ensure the conveyancing process runs smoothly and efficiently.
We take pride in providing a bespoke, high quality service to our clients. We also understand that a sale can be particularly poignant and challenging and handle every negotiation in a sensitive, considered and professional manner.
GOLDCREST Land & Forestry Group has a number of retained clients, for whom we offer a bespoke acquisition service, finding and identifying suitable properties which meet their objectives. Our extensive knowledge and understanding of land ownership across the UK allows us to identify buying opportunities that may not be widely promoted or where vendors wish to sell discreetly.
Our assessment of a forestry project will usually include discounted cash flows to illustrate the projected income and expenditure over time. For new afforestation schemes this would include possible grant support and the potential for income from the rapidly developing market for carbon sequestration. In the case of existing forests, the key consideration may be the income from harvesting mature crops. We have close ties with the internet-based timber market while our solid grasp of up to date price information allows us to make timely and appropriate decisions.
Rural estate acquisition can be complex with the assessment and valuation of multiple assets. Existing and future management regimes need to be addressed and understood as part of the process. The market is small but varied and our unsurpassed understanding of this niche sector is invaluable in helping purchasers find the right property and buying it at the correct price.
Having initially identified a suitable property, assessed it and provided detailed recommendations, we would then negotiate with the vendor on the buyer’s behalf and advise on a formal offer. As part of this service, we consider the holistic picture, taking into account the ownership structure, tax issues and other factors affecting the property and liaise with client’s lawyers and accountants to coordinate a smooth and successful purchase.
We are a small, nimble and highly motivated team. Our ability to move quickly, adapt and think laterally are important attributes in what is an increasingly competitive market.
The professional team at GOLDCREST Land & Forestry Group are all members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and recognised as Registered Valuers with one member a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Foresters.
Valuations may be necessary for family reasons, probate, financial lending, fund management or assessing market value for potential sale or acquisition. We are fully qualified to provide Red Book Valuations for forestry and land assets, in accordance with RICS regulations, regardless of size or purpose.
We understand the combined factors of location, access, constraints, liabilities and potential opportunities that are all part of drawing together the comprehensive analysis that underpins a valuation. Our blend of experienced foresters and surveyors are ideally placed to provide these assessments.
GOLDCREST Land & Forestry Group has decades of experience managing forestry interests for owners. Every investment needs appropriate management but for many, forestry is a new asset class or one that is outside an investor’s experience. GOLDCREST offers the reassurance of a knowledgeable and independent guide taking the time to understand the owner’s objectives, needs and wishes in designing a woodland management plan.
We understand how to ensure the investment’s successful performance, from overseeing the design of a new planting scheme and the proper marketing of timber to scrutinising budget forecasts and performance as well as making sure any ongoing maintenance work is sensible, appropriate and conforms to a high standard.
Owners have varied objectives and desire different levels of involvement. These are discussed, allowing for as much, or as little, hands-on input as preferred. It is important to us that you enjoy the experience and get as much out of it as you would hope.
Strategic planning and an understanding of the opportunities available is a key part of the asset management we offer. From renewable energy and sport to recreation and tourism, we liaise with the client’s other advisers to fully appraise proposals for alternative use.
We offer this tailored service both to new investors and existing forest owners.