'Green Gold - One Thousand Years of English Land'
26 March 2012
Category: Bespoke Rural & Land Research
A fascinating insight into the history of English land by author Peter Clery.....
Smiths Gore is delighted to support the publication of ‘Green Gold – One Thousand Years of English Land’ by Peter Clery. This fascinating book is essential reading for farmers, landowners and anyone interested in the history and current and future use of land in England.
Investing in farmland has produced better returns than gold, according to Smiths Gore. It also provides nearly two-thirds of our daily food, while gold sits inert in a vault.
£100 invested in gold in 1980 was worth £339 after 30 years, while the same investment in land would be worth £1,077 – more than 3½ times as much.
Please download the attachment to see the graph demonstrating gold investments versus land investments
One of the issues with investing in land has been availability – being able to buy investment-quality land in the right location. Traditionally, investors have bought land with long-term sitting tenants, in the hope of getting a secure rental income and also an increase in the capital value of the land when the tenant leaves and the owner gets vacant possession.
With new ways of farming the land, such as through Farm Business Tenancies and contract farming agreements, owners can decide how much risk they want to take in terms of generating income – from low to high. This makes owning land a much more flexible proposition than it has been in the past.
Most of the return from land is from increases in its capital value – with income being a smaller contributor. This is likely to continue in the future.
Demand for land is strong, from both farmers, house buyers and investors, and the outlook for farm commodities is very positive, so the demand is likely to continue.
Green Gold – One Thousand Years of English Land tracks the 1,000 year history of English land from the tax-gathering skills of the Anglo-Saxon Earldomen through to the current day of the Common Agricultural Policy. The official launch of the book will take place at The Farmers Club on Wednesday 28 March.
This publication is available from Phillimore & Co. Publishers at £20 + £4.50 p&p; ISBN 978-1-86077-730-1; email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Sharon Hamilton at Smiths Gore.
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