Frequently asked questions

How does my purchase of trees materialize? Can I see them in real life? Will I remain informed on the state of my trees ?
After your trees have been purchased, they will be visible on the account you have previously created. You will be then be provided with the geolocation of your trees thanks to aerial maps and pictures of the forest in which they are, a CO2 absorption meter and a financial meter, which will show the value of your tree investment over time. You may, of course, log into your account at any time. You will also receive a newsletter several times a month, informing you on our work and on the health of your trees. Finally, our forest are always open for you to visit your trees
What proves that I have become a tree owner? Do you provide a certificate?
In the French legal system, a tree is defined as a movable property by anticipation (‘bien meuble par anticipation’). Thus, the movable property laws apply to your new green asset. Just like other movable properties (ie. a chair, a computer, etc.), the invoice will attest of your tree ownership. We will update and show it on your account automatically after your payment has gone through.
How do I locate my trees? Are there any risks regarding their sustainability? Will some trees be logged before they have reached maturity?
Your trees are trackable thanks to their GPS coordinates that allow you to identify the forest territories where the trees you have purchased are located. Your trees are visible on your personal account and you can visit them at all times. Our forests will always be open for you! Nevertheless, in light of potential natural hazards and necessary maintenance, EcoTree reserves itself the right to eliminate certain trees if our forest team believes it is in the best interest of our forest, future harvests and other operations. To summarize, you will contribute to developing an entire forest and you will benefit from the logging revenues proportionally to your initial investment.
What does the price of my tree include? Will I be charged extra fees? Any taxes?
Once you have paid for your trees, no supplementary expenses will ever be required. In addition to forest expertise and maintenance (eg. mushroom treatment, clearing or pruning and thinning), EcoTree and its forestry group also take care of all forestry and land taxes (eg. notarial deeds, property taxes or cadastral fees).
Does my purchase involve planting trees or are the trees already planted?
In the case of a mature tree, it has evidently already been planted. In the case of a young plant however, it depends on the moment at which you purchase it. Indeed, EcoTree respects seasonality and replants only in winter, in order to anticipate at best the demand of the year to come. When demand is too high, a pre-sales system allows those who prefer not to wait to make acquisitions in advance.
What happens to my trees after they are logged off? Do you replant them afterwards?
Once your trees have been cut, they are sold to partner sawmills, which we select according to environmentally responsible criteria. EcoTree's economic model seeks to both transform and control the production chain within France by favoring short circuits and work with local actors. As for replanting after the cutting, our sustainable methods and our commitment to replanting insure the good health and sustainable growth of our forests.
How much time do the trees on offer take to reach maturity and when are they cut off ?
EcoTree offers several tree species of different age classes. In each offer, the age of the tree (except for trees managed in irregular forests) and the expected time left until its cutting are specified.
What is the average CO2 absorption per tree ?
The CO2 absorption capacity of a tree can vary enormously. It depends on the species of a tree, its exposure to light, its growth stage, changes in temperature, the quantity of water available and soil quality. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), determined that the average tree absorbs 10 kg of CO2 per year. Experts have agreed on an average value of 30 kg for our trees.
How can I cut my tree? When is the best time to cut it? Will you do it automatically and without approval?
EcoTree is committed to planting trees in accordance with forest management plans that are in line with the regional guidelines of the CRFPF, thus enabling our silvicultural actions to be of a long-term nature. It is therefore not possible to cut trees arbitrarily without any valid reason justifying such an action. Logging is decided after consulting our forest expert and various local partners. You may refuse but we strongly advise you to comply to the advice of our forest and sustainable development specialists.
May I donate my tree?
As the owner of your trees, you may freely decide what to do with them. You may donate it to a family member, a friend or else a non-governmental organization. You have the possibility to offer trees from your personal account on our website.
What are my obligations to other tree owners on the same land parcel as me?
None, EcoTree takes care of everything. Remember that buying one of our trees is not the same as acquiring shares of a forest fund. You will not have the same legal status, rights and obligations as members of a forestry group.
How will I receive the returns of my investment?
You will receive the returns of your investment once your trees have fulfilled their ecological purpose and have been logged off. At that point, you will be notified by EcoTree and the generated financial gains will be fully transferred to you. This is why EcoTree asks you to provide us with your RIB and the account details of a trusted third party.
What will happen to my investment in case of death or if you cannot reach me? Why do you demand that I appoint a trusted third party?
In accordance with the general rules governing inheritance, your investment will go to your right holders, unless otherwise specified (e. g. by a testament). In order to preserve the rights you have acquired over the cutting of your trees, EcoTree requires you to designate a trusted third party on your personal space, whom we will contact if we are unable to reach you.
How can one estimate the resale price of trees? Do you guarantee the investment's performance?
The resale price of a tree is determined by multiple economic indicators (wood prices, supply and demand) and the quality of the forest's yield. The latter is currently rising sharply, and the yield quality results mainly from good forestry management, which EcoTree and its forestry group guarantee. Rather than providing you with the full set of figures on which our analysis is based, we invite you to take a look at the numerous official reports that attest to the tremendous potential of forests. Wood is a particularly safe investment, as the France Bois Forêt Timber Sales Price Index shows. Such indicators will give you an objective idea of the returns you can expect, but that EcoTree, nonetheless, cannot guarantee.
How do you pay yourselves given that your prices are reasonably low?
EcoTree is first and foremost a social and solidarity player which aims to raise awareness on the current state and problems of French forests. Our prices are low because EcoTree's profitability comes with the volume of sales. EcoTree makes money on the initial price of the tree.
Are my assets conditioned by the financial health of EcoTree? What would happen to my trees if your company were to close or to go bankrupt?
This is a legitimate question. It is as relevant for an entrepreneur as for an international investment bank declaring bankruptcy after a global financial crisis. The key point with EcoTree is that you are the owner of your trees from the date of purchase. We thereby apply the French legal principle of movable property by anticipation (‘bien de meuble par anticipation’). Legal precedents have been constant on the matter. The buyer of a movable property by anticipation is vested with the right on the property sold as soon as the sale is concluded (CA Rouen, 28 September 2005, No. 03/00014, JurisData No. 2005-285674). In addition, EcoTree owns a forestry group that manages the forests for sale. A 60-year lease is set up between the forestry group and EcoTree with commitments (forest maintenance, transfer of wood ownership, etc.) in exchange for a rent. If EcoTree were to go bankrupt, the buyer of the forestry group would be obligated to respect all of the commitments of the lease. Your assets are therefore totally unrelated to the financial health of EcoTree. In any case, EcoTree is doing very well and does not intend to stop here. New institutional investors have joined EcoTree, demonstrating the group's sustainability today and its potential in the future.
I would like to stop using EcoTree now, can I get back my invested starting capital? When is it interesting to sell my trees?
EcoTree is not intended to ensure the liquidity from its investors forest assets before the end of a revolution (a life cycle of a tree). Indeed, unlike a financial product, the value of the investment lies in our long-term commitment to good forest management. It is therefore essential to consider this investment as a long-term investment without a liquidity guarantee mechanism. The investor may nevertheless decide at any time to transfer his assets to a third party, except for legal persons whose transfers are supervised. The investor may transfer his property rights to any other third party of his choice. Once the designation of a beneficiary has been notified to EcoTree, the initial rights and obligations of the investor will be transferred to the beneficiary. EcoTree may also offer you to buy your trees back within 6 months of the date of purchase. In general, it must be said that a tree acquires its capitalized value at the end of its life cycle, when it is cut. Only time can allow you to bear the fruits of your investment. Naturally, EcoTree will notify you at the best time.
What is the difference between a tree subscription and a classic purchase?
As its name suggests, the 'Tree' Subscriptions option allows you to acquire trees automatically every month without having to take care of it or even think about it. Simply fill in an online order on our website and you're done. As its name suggests, the tree subscription allows you to acquire trees automatically every month without having to take care of anything else. The subscriptions allow EcoTree to anticipate demand and to build forest engineering and management plans that are as efficient and as environmentally friendly as possible over time. That is why we encourage this form of tree purchase. With a tree subscription, you will have exclusive access to original and sometimes rare species, or to trees with particularly short cutting horizons. You will further have access to exclusive articles on our blog; and each year of loyalty is rewarded with an additional tree (one for every tree in your subscription).
Which trees will I acquire each month with a subscription? Who chooses them and with which criteria?
EcoTree's forest manager, Vianney, composes the subscribers' tree baskets every month, based on the new forests acquired by EcoTree, the availability of species and their use for biodiversity. Its expertise and originality promise beautiful baskets. Please note that our subscribers are prioritized when it comes to original and sometimes rare species, or to trees with particularly short cutting horizons.
Do the trees chosen for me every month with the subscription exactly match the previously fixed amount?
Not necessarily, as it is impossible to reach the correct amount every month. It would be a shame not to let you enjoy a variety of beautiful trees because they exceed the amount of your monthly payment. This is why EcoTree makes sure the annual sum of your payments corresponds to the value of the trees picked for you over the year. Thereby, the value of your tree portfolio with a subscription will always be higher than or equal to that of a portfolio consisting of classic one-off purchases.
With my tree subscription, I have noticed that the value displayed on my personal space is not always in line with the amount of my investment. Why ?
The idea of ​​the subscription is to propose a combination of different species that do not always cost the same. We therefore add trees to your portfolio that are sometimes more expensive and sometimes cheaper than your monthly investment. But don't worry, EcoTree makes sure the annual sum of your payments corresponds to the value of the trees picked for you over the year. Thereby, the value of your tree portfolio with a subscription will always be higher than or equal to that of a portfolio consisting of classic one-off purchases.
Can previously purchased trees be added to a trees subscription?
Your past purchases cannot be part of your tree subscription, but the ecological and patrimonial impact of a tree acquired on an ad hoc basis is equivalent to the one acquired through a subscription. Of course, both will be visible on your personal account.
Can I end my tree subscription at any time?
You are free to stop your subscription at any time, just let us know by sending us an email. We will then send you a cancellation form by email. The withdrawal of your subscription will be effective no later than three working days after the return of the form. You will of course remain the owner of all your trees acquired up until the withdrawal date.
Puis-je offrir un abonnement et comment faire ?
Une fois que vous avez souscrit un abonnement, vous pouvez tout à fait décider de l’offrir et cela quand vous le souhaitez. Pour ce faire, il vous suffit de vous connecter à votre espace personnel puis de vous rendre dans l’onglet « Abonnements ». Ajoutez votre bénéficiaire, puis sélectionner l’abonnement que vous souhaitez offrir. Vous devrez alors choisir d’avertir le bénéficiaire en lui adressant une carte cadeau par mail ou en choisissant de l’imprimer vous-même pour la remettre par vos propres moyens. Notez que pour prendre possession de son abonnement, votre bénéficiaire devra saisir le code cadeau indiqué. N’hésitez pas à relancer votre bénéficiaire (un mail est vite passé à la trappe ou en en spam, et une carte cadeau imprimée se perd facilement). De notre côté, s’il n’a pas saisi son code cadeau, nous avons prévu de le relancer trois fois (dans la mesure où vous aurez renseigné son courriel), tout en vous avertissant aussi à chaque fois.
Puis-je offrir un abonnement en cadeau à de jeunes enfants qui ne sont pas encore en âge de posséder un compte personnel EcoTree ?
Absolument ! Soit vous désignez l’un des représentants légaux et offrez l’abonnement en renseignant son adresse email ; soit vous pouvez garder cet abonnement sur votre compte et dès lors que ces enfants seront en âge de disposer d’une adresse email, vous le leur transférez à partir de votre espace personnel (dans la rubrique abonnement). Pour mieux matérialiser ce cadeau, vous pourrez éditer une carte cadeau au moment du transfert.
J’offre un abonnement Arbres, proposez-vous une carte cadeau à remettre en mains propres ?
Nous avons bien sûr prévu cette option. Au moment où vous décidez d’opérer le transfert de l’abonnement (à partir de votre espace personnel, dans la rubrique abonnement), il est vous est proposé d'éditer une carte cadeau. Vous choisissez l’image qui vous convient le mieux parmi les différentes proposées, vous écrivez le message que vous souhaitez et il ne vous reste plus qu’à imprimer. Notez que pour prendre possession de son abonnement, votre bénéficiaire devra saisir le code cadeau indiqué.
Puis-je offrir mes arbres et comment faire ?
Depuis votre espace personnel, vous pouvez décider d’offrir n’importe quel(s) arbre(s) de votre portefeuille et cela quand vous le souhaitez. Pour ce faire, il vous suffit de vous connecter à votre espace personnel puis de vous rendre dans l’onglet « Cadeaux ». Ajoutez vos bénéficiaires, puis procédez vous-même à la sélection que vous souhaitez offrir. Vous devrez alors choisir d’avertir vos bénéficiaires en leur adressant une carte cadeau par mail ou en choisissant de l’imprimer vous-même pour la remettre par vos propres moyens. Notez que pour prendre possession de leur(s) arbre(s), vos bénéficiaires devront saisir le code cadeau indiqué. N’hésitez pas à relancer vos bénéficiaires (un mail est vite passé à la trappe ou en en spam, et une carte cadeau imprimée se perd facilement). De notre côté, s’ils n’ont pas saisi leur code cadeau, nous avons prévu de les relancer trois fois (dans la mesure où vous aurez renseigné leur courriel), tout en vous avertissant aussi à chaque fois.
May I offer trees to young children who are not old enough yet to have an EcoTree personal account?
Absolutely! You can either send the tree gift to a legal representative of the child, or keep the gift on your account until the child is old enough to have an own email address. You can then proceed to the transfer in the gift section of your personal space. You also have the possibility to create a personalized gift card when sending a gift.
Do you propose to send gift cards along with the tree gifts ?
We have of course provided this option. At the moment you decide to transfer a tree in the gift section of your personal space, you are given the possibility to create a gift card. You can select a picture among different choices, insert your text and then print out your gift card! Please note that to take possession of their tree(s), your beneficiaries will have to enter the indicated gift code.
Are you planning to expand your offer to other regions of France?
The EcoTree initiative only makes sense if our offer extends to all French forests in difficulty and whose sustainability can be improved. With this in mind, EcoTree wishes to extend its offer to the entire French territory.
What happens if my trees fall or get sick? How can unforeseen events affect me or put me at a disadvantage compared to my neighbors?
The purpose of the EcoTree concept is clear: by financing trees, you participate in the development of a whole forest, and you benefit from the product of the cuts made on this area, in accordance with the general terms and conditions of sale. Even if something happens to your trees, EcoTree will make sure that all investors benefit from the harvest according to the formula set out in the general terms and conditions of sale.
What happens in the case of a forest fire?
Considering the current location of our forests (Brittany, Sarthe, Île de France, Limousin), the risk of forest fires of natural origin seems rather low. In any case, our teams are on the ground every day and ensure the sustainability of the forests.
What happens in the event of a storm?
Storms constitute the highest risk for this type of investment; nobody will forget the 1999 storm in Europe. Nevertheless, a well-managed forest (exactly what we specialize in) is perfectly resistant to storms, even the most severe ones. Our forest management practices include the promotion of the diversity of species, natural regeneration rather than clear-cut cutting, the use of edges, the identification of wind corridors and the most recent forecasting models. They all contribute to greatly decrease the risk of storm. If you are interested in this topic, we recommend reading 'La forêt face aux tempêtes'. This book summarizes the results of the investigations and research undertaken after the 1999 storm and the lessons we need to learn. We have taken full advantage of that knowledge. Finally, we have established two additional guarantees for our customers. First, we offer trees on many plots in different locations to dilute the risk. Second, for every purchased tree, we plant three. Last but not least, keep in mind that by financing trees, you participate in the development of a whole forest, and you benefit from the product of the cuts made on this massif in accordance with the general terms and conditions of sale.
Do you offer insurance?
EcoTree and its forestry group are insured for civil liability and in the event that they fail to meet their obligations of good forest management. Our insurance also covers all damages referred to in the Directive 2004/35/EC of the European Parliament and Council, i. e. negative, serious and measurable changes to a natural resource and / or the ecological functions it fulfils, consisting of damage to protected soil, water, species and natural habitats. However, risks related to natural hazards, fire and disease are not covered.
What are EcoTree's commitments in terms of forest management?
EcoTree and its forestry group strive to ensure that your trees grow under the best possible conditions. Our meticulous forest management is overseen by one of our cofounders and forest managers, Vianney, himself. The rigorous maintenance of our forests includes mushroom treatments, clearing, pruning and thinning to ensure your trees are planted in a way that allows their optimal growth. Finally, EcoTree and its forestry group favor a silvicultural approach known as 'close to nature'. In view of this philosophy, we avoid monoculture and favour different age classes within the same forest plot. We further prefer natural regeneration to clear cutting methods, avoid brutal cuts that could damage our soils and favour a leafy / softwood mixture to improve biodiversity and allow for better tree resistance.
Votre sylviculture passe-t-elle par une démarche raisonnée et biologique ?
La forêt est un milieu vivant dont l’intégrité, la stabilité et la prospérité dépendent fortement de la diversité des espèces. Dans ce milieu complexe, l’équilibre est apporté par les animaux, les plantes et les bactéries. De ces vertus intrinsèques découle une conviction : Plus la forêt sera complexe –en termes de mélanges, structures, microcontextes, interfaces – plus elle sera résistante, multifonctionnelle et donc productive à long terme. Consciente de cela, EcoTree a adopté une sylviculture proche de la nature fondée sur un minimum d’ingérence et s’appuyant sur la notion de résilience. En effet, tout ce qui modifie les fonctionnements naturels de la forêt (réduction de la biodiversité ou de certaines guildes, rajeunissement excessif du massif, simplification exagérée de la structure du boisement, réduction significative du bois mort, modification du régime des perturbations, etc.) est suspecté de modifier plus ou moins fortement la biodiversité et le fonctionnement de l’écosystème forestier. C’est aussi pourquoi, EcoTree s’engage à n’utiliser aucun produit chimique dans sa sylviculture. Seuls des engrais naturels sont utilisés lors des plantations. Dans la lutte contre les insectes, EcoTree use des méthodes mécaniques (contre l’hylobe par exemple, panachage d’essences, poses de filets et de niches d’oiseaux, refus des coupes rases) ou biologiques existantes (introduction d’insectes prédateurs des phytophages comme les Coléoptères Carabidés, les Cléridés, les Rhizophagidés, les Coccinellidés, les Diptères Asilidés, les Syrphidés, les Hyménoptères ou encore les Formicidés). Contre les cervidés, c’est un répulsif naturel, le Trico (de la graisse de mouton) qui sera utilisé. Lors des dégagements, le nettoyage est manuel et éventuellement mécanique ; en tout état de cause, pas de traitement chimique au glyphosate. Enfin, si un régime de perturbations anthropiques venait à se déclarer, EcoTree développerait l’approche du régime de perturbations naturelles pensée sur le constat de la résilience de la forêt. En définitive, la gestion d’EcoTree vise à innover en harmonie avec les lois de la nature, et ainsi profiter au mieux de la production naturelle des biens et des services forestiers.

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