(PRWEB UK) 1 July 2011
Land Investment Firm, TW Hammerson have revealed soaring values for farmland in the UK, with an increasing demand for farmland in Africa.
UK Farmland has been the outstanding performer this year, with a reported year on year growth of 11% towards the end of the first quarter of 2011. In the first quarter of 2011 alone, this type of land had risen by 3% with this trend looking to continue throughout the year. (Figures sourced from Knight Frank Farmland Index)
The announcement has been confirmed by land investment firms who have seen a rising number of traders and investors looking to buy farmland, which now stands at nearly £6,000 an acre, the highest it has ever been. Land investment firm, TW Hammerson revealed that this type of investment has outperformed a number of other asset investments over the last 10 years.
Speaking at their Hertfordshire head quarters, the managing director of TW Hammerson has put farmland’s great performance down to a couple of unique trends, “Looking at how other investments have performed, we can see that markets such as the FTSE 100 or even the property market can be particularly volatile. From economic downturns to natural disasters, they can all affect the performance of those markets. Land investment and farmland investment is different, and that’s something that a lot of traders missed out on at the time.”
“With soaring land prices due to overpopulation in the UK, coupled with the rise of commodity prices, wise investors have turned to land and farmland for a long term and more sustainable investment – 11% growth in the last year alone proves that. Not only that but this unique situation has seen a significant amount invested into African farmland as well”.
The trend of investing in African Farmland started with Middle East Investors. Fearing food shortages and food security, Saudi based investors have been ploughing capital into African farming projects for a number of years now.
The effect this has had on the market has been staggering as investment in African farmland has been growing. TW Hammerson’s Managing Director believes this is linked to the increasing cost of living, “The sharp rise in commodity prices has seen companies and governments take to African farmland in a bid to curb soaring food prices. We have a case where the world’s population is rising, with a growing middle class in many wealthy countries and this is placing a large demand on land especially as food prices have exponentially risen.”
To stay on top of these growing markets and trends, many investors from all over the world have turned to land investment firms such as TW Hammerson who offer off plan land available for investment.
About TW Hammerson:
TW Hammerson are a home counties based land investment firm who specialise in land investment and farmland investment. They acquire and sell strategic land sites throughout the UK, Europe and the rest of the world in a straightforward and secure way to all individual investors.