How does it work?

Who is EcoTree?

EcoTree is a company duly registered by the financial authorities in France (AMF) with offices in Paris, Brest and Copenhagen. We are passionate about forestry and our goal is to make it mainstream to become a tree owner and take part in a sustainable development of forests in Europe. Learn more about us

EcoTree is specialized in sustainable forestry management. We make it possible for everybody to become tree owners. But how is it possible to have thousands of different owners on the same piece of land?

Here is how it works

EcoTree’s structure is based on the French surface property law, created back in 1855. This law enabled French wine producers to sell the vines (the plants), while maintaining ownership of their land.

Vive la France!

This legal distinction of ownership is beautiful when put in the context of forestry because it enables everybody to take part in the tree planting adventure for an entry price as low as €15. When you purchase a tree, the landowner retains the ownership of the ground, while you become the owner of the tree planted in the ground.

“Every customer is both the owner of a tree and has a share of the surface right. As such, each customer benefits from a share of the proceeds from the logging of mature trees in that given forest. So while you own a particular tree in the forest, your financial return is diversified over the whole forest.”

Erwan Le Méné - President

How is EcoTree structured?

EcoTree democratizes and digitalizes forestry. We provide access for everyone to become forest owners through our platform. Our forestry group (or a third party landowner) owns the land, on which the trees are made available for you to buy on our platform.

Questions you might be asking yourself

OK, so here comes some technical stuff… EcoTree is registered as an intermediary in miscellaneous goods by the French financial authority (AMF). Our forests are certified by external forestry experts. Still with us? Good. Because the exciting new is we’re now verified for our carbon calculations too!
Writer George Monbiotand biologist Garret Hardinhave highlighted how vital our connection to nature is in its conservation. That’s why we’re going beyond donations. Our tree owners (like you!) have a lifetime of reasons to stay engaged and passionate about protecting forests.
Our foresters use forestry principles which ensure vibrant, diverse habitats for plants and animals. Part of this involves supporting biodiversity with special projects, like wetland restoration and bee protection. Ultimately it’s all about balance. For wildlife, the environment and communities.
30% of your payment for the tree goes into the sourcing and planting of the sapling. Another 30% is set aside to support the sustainable running of the forest. This might be clearing an invasive species, introduction of bee hives or health checks on the forest as a whole. A forest is a busy place!
We all know trees grow, but did you know that they grow on average 2% in size each year? So it makes sense that a bigger, more mature tree has added value by the time it’s eventually sold to the sawmill for high-quality timber. That 2% profit each year goes to you - you do own it after all!
Because we’re a fully integrated sustainable forestry company, who own and manage our forests directly, we can ensure a high level of control and quality in all our activities. It also means we can give you lots of lovely data, drone footage, news and exciting reports of your trees online.
It surprises a lot of people to hear we selective cut a tree, once its carbon contribution declines. But our foresters ensure the forest is undisturbed when a tree is removed. They also replace the tree and, in essence, assist the natural regeneration of the forest. Why not read our blog article on this too?.

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Risks and precautions

Risks & Explanation
Risks
Explanation
Total capital loss
As is the case of any investment, there is a risk of total loss of capital. It is a legal obligation to specify this.
Insolvency / Bankruptcy
Should EcoTree cease to exist, there is no denying things would get more complicated. It is important, however, to stress that you remain the owner of your trees, whatever the financial situation of EcoTree might be. Moreover, in the context of collective procedure, the liquidator is mandated by the commissioner judge to preserve all of your rights and therefore the maintenance and management of the forest areas. <br> That being said we have absolutely no intention of going under. New institutional investors have recently joined EcoTree, which will fuel future activities, and guarantee the continued healthy development of EcoTree
Lack of liquidity
Planting and owning a tree is a long-term investment. We cut the trees when they are mature, which in most cases means in several decades.
Inflation
There can be a loss of purchasing power in the case of a general and lasting increase in prices. It's important to note, however, that this would also mean that the expected gain would also increase as the price of wood would also rise.
The price of wood
The price of wood may increase or decrease in the future. Looking at historical data we can confirm that there has been a steady increase in wood prices. Since 2004 the average yearly increase has been 2%. Wood is a highly sustainable raw material. It is the material of the future!
Natural hazards
It is difficult to anticipate and prevent natural hazards and risks, even with a sustainable forestry management plan in place. Our forests are all insured.
Tax
Currently there is no tax on the capital gains from the proceeds of cutting your trees. However tax rules can change and even apply retroactively. It is important to consult with your financial & legal advisors concerning any legal and regulatory changes. We will inform our customers should any such changes occur. For our non-French customers, we advise that you check the fiscal rules in your country.

If you would like to know more about EcoTree you are more than welcome to read our Notice of Information or to visit our FAQ