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5342.42 acres, Llanbrynmair Forest, Mallwyd, Welshpool, Powys, SY21, Mid Wales
Under Offer - Offers Over £27,500,000

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  • Exceptional scale
  • Highly productive commercial forest dominated by Sitka Spruce
  • Entering production phase with excellent long-term revenue forecast from timber sales
  • Access on to A458 and other public roads
  • Excellent internal network of roads and tracks
  • Fishing rights on Llyn Coch-hwyad (not owned)
  • SSSI and various biodiversity areas and potential for habitat restoration
  • Option Agreement for wind energy development with significant revenue potential (subject to planning)
  • About 2,162 hectares (5,342 acres) in total
  • For sale as a whole

CLOSING DATE FOR OFFERS: TUESDAY 3 DECEMBER 2019
A rare opportunity to purchase one of the largest privately owned commercial forests in Wales.

Location

Llanbrynmair Forest is situated in Powys in Wales 22 miles west of Welshpool.

The principal access to the property is off the A458 which links Dolgellau and Machynlleth in the west with the Marches town of Welshpool some 22 miles to the east.

The upland areas of Wales are one of the most important regions for commercial forestry in the United Kingdom and support a significant volume of forestry activity.

The region is well known for its good growing conditions for commercial conifer species and for competitive timber prices.

The area benefits from good transport links to a range of timber markets, which actively buy all grades of commercial timber and support a well developed base of harvesting companies and contractors.

Description

Description
Made up of a number of individual plantations brought together into a single ownership, Llanbrynmair is one of the largest privately owned forests in Wales and provides a very rare opportunity to acquire a large scale commercial forest complex.

The property has a registered title area of about 2,162 hectares (5,342 acres). There are small areas of managed woodland outside the title boundaries therefore the management database area is 2,165 hectares.

The planted area sits on a plateau area around the central hill, Carnedd Wen (523m) with nearly 9 miles separating the north and south gates. The terrain is steep on the valley sides, flattening on the plateau, lying between 170m to 523m above sea level.

The forest was established over multiple phases with the first commercial planting taking place in 1960 and the most recent replanting in 2019. The primary commercial species is Sitka Spruce which accounts for 70% of the total area and is aged from 0 to 59 years old, with a weighted average age of 32 years.

Growth rates vary across the site determined by soil type, and are recorded at up to Yield Class 24. The weighted average Yield Class is 14m3/ha/pa for spruce and 1,000 hectares are recorded as YC14 or above. There are areas of slower growth timber on the plateau and there is likely to be scope to improve some of these plantations over the restructuring phase as the benefits of precision plant breeding allow increased growth rates. There are some areas of deeper unflushed peat that provide opportunity for habitat restoration.

There are two areas of timber felling currently ongoing under standing sales contracts and this timber is reserved out of the sale, with a contract end date of 31st May 2020. The purchaser will take on liability for restocking the felled areas which total 92 hectares.

One of the key investment attributes of this site is that timber harvesting only commenced within the last five years therefore the forest will have timber at production age regularly over the next 20 year period offering sustained income from tree felling. Broad estimates suggest the harvested volume of timber will be in excess of 550,000 tonnes over the remainder of the first rotation. The current standing sale in the Gwrachen area of the property is averaging 560 tonnes per hectare at an income of around £39,000 per hectare.

The sporting rights are included in so far as they are owned therefore cover most but not all of the property, and are currently not exercised.

Access
The forest covers an extensive area and therefore benefits from numerous access points. The current owners have upgraded a number of tracks to service various recent timber operations and there is now a principal northern and southern access suitable for timber extraction, as well as a number of minor tracks, some capable of light timber traffic and others for management purposes only.

The northern access A is off the A458 at grid reference SH926136. The southern access E is off a minor public road at grid reference SH950045.

The north western part of the forest known as Moel Groes accesses separately (access H, grid reference SH893102) over a minor public road that runs between the A458 and Llanbrynmair village.


Acreage: 5342.42 Acres

Directions

From Welshpool take the A458 west for 22 miles. The property entrance is located on the left hand side of the road marked with a For Sale board as access A.   The entrance has a livestock gate which should be kept closed at all times. The property can be found on OS 1:50,000 Sheet 125 at Grid Reference SH926136. The nearest postcode for the access A is SY21 0PA.

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