Frequently Asked Questions

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TreeTime is a non-profit organisation that empowers users to capture carbon, promote biodiversity and save the world in the process, starting from a $9NZD donation.

Through the app, you will be able to plant real trees in New Zealand. Each donation will fund the planting of one tree. We call the tree you have funded ‘your tree’. Once you fund the planting of your tree through the app, TreeTime will source a seedling, grow it at one if its nursery partners, and plant the tree on land owned by TreeTime.

You will receive a unique identifying code for your tree, or BarkCode™, that will show you on a GPS embedded map exactly where your tree is planted. You will also be able to monitor the seedling/nursery stage, as well as receive regular photo updates of your tree in order to track its growth. In addition to the above, the Carbon Dioxide (CO₂) feature of the app will update you daily as to how much CO₂ your tree we estimate has sequestered.

There are many. First, we offer additionality. This means that without your contribution, your tree would not be planted.

Second, TreeTime is a non-profit based on transparency. You will be able to view the status of your tree through the app, and follow its journey from a small seed all the way through to a large tree! Once your tree is strong enough to be planted, TreeTime uses patented drone software to deliver photos of the exact tree via the unique BarkCode TM associated with that tree on your app.

Third, using economies of scale we can plant your tree and maintain it for 50 years or more without any additional contributions from you for only NZD$9. Because TreeTime takes no profit margin, the future planting price may change subject to fluctuations in underlying costs.

Fourth, New Zealand enjoys mild climate conditions, with severe weather events being a rarity. The temperature seldom rises above 30 degrees celsius/86 farenheit, and forest fires are extremely uncommon. Trees planted via the TreeTime app will have the best chance of survival as anywhere else in the world.<

Finally, our trees have been chosen in consultation with ecologists and foresters, and are professionally grown and maintained. You have the assurance that your contribution is assisting in both rapid carbon capture and promoting biodiversity.

Unfortunately, despite our best efforts there is always a small risk of mortality when a forest is planted. We have built this into anticipated costs, and if your tree is one of the unlucky few affected it will be replanted at no cost to you.

TreeTime’s founders are passionate about mitigating the severe effects of climate change and limiting CO2 emissions to the greatest extent possible. We created the app in order to facilitate a global effort to save the planet! As such, the shareholders have put in place legal safeguards to ensure that no profit is ever paid out, and any surplus reinvested into tackling climate change.

Further, TreeTime engages a major accounting firm to prepare accounts and ensure all payments are arms-length and made at market rates. These accounts will be publicly available on our website so that you can see where your money has been allocated. If you want to know more, feel free to get in touch.

The tree that TreeTime users can see on their screen is the tree that their donation has funded, and it remains unique to their profile on the app. Their tree cannot be claimed to anyone else as the BarkCode™ is unique to them and their tree.

In the legal sense, the Tree Time Foundation Limited owns the trees, so neither the tree supporter nor anyone else can come onto the land and cut it down. This is also because the trees are legally covenanted so that they cannot be felled, by TreeTime or anyone else (i.e. are permanent forests).

TreeTime strongly supports the planting of trees, whether done through the app or done privately, providing they contribute to fighting climate change. What TreeTime offers is

1) Additionality (assurance that your donation equates to an additional tree);

2) planting in one of the strongest rule of law countries in the world (assurance your tree will be protected); and

3) economies of scale, meaning you can plant a robust tree through the app at a more affordable price than doing it yourself.

The TreeTime vision is predicated on transparency. If you donate money with TreeTime towards mitigating the effects of climate change, you can see how your money is spent. This was the vision that resulted in the TreeTime app.

Not only will you be able to see the exact planting location and photos of your tree on the app, TreeTime will also publish its financials on our website for all to see. Further, TreeTime operates out of New Zealand which constantly ranks top in the world in business transparency. Finally, the TreeTime founders have extensive legal experience, so you can have comfort that all local regulations are being complied with.

TreeTime differentiates itself based on transparency and user-friendliness. When you donate a tree with us, you can see where your donation goes and that your tree meets requirements of longevity and additionality.

TreeTime is also passionate about providing a user-friendly interface, making tree-planting accessible and enabling everyday people like yourself who are concerned about the environment and its impact on their lives and that of their family to contribute towards mitigating climate change.

We also aim for the TreeTime app to be educational by providing information on CO2, and allowing you to view the amounts of CO2 you have sequestered with reference to everyday activities, such as transport, eating and even getting into space!

Absolutely not. Once we plant your trees, we will register a covenant on the title of the land prohibiting the felling of the tree. What this means is that the tree can never be legally cut down, by TreeTime or anyone else. Due to the strong rule of law in New Zealand, you can have a high level of assurance that the legal status of the tree will be protected in perpetuity.

Your tree will likely be planted in the South Island of New Zealand. This is due to the favourable planting conditions of the area. The mild temperatures, year-round rainfall and lack of extreme weather events will ensure your tree has the best possible chance of survival or at least for your lifetime and your children after you!.

As the Earth has one atmosphere, it does not matter where trees are planted in the battle against climate change, only that they are planted and CO2 is sequestered!

Absolutely not! We encourage planting as many trees as possible. Every tree planted is a step in the right direction in the battle against climate change.

TreeTime uses economies of scale to plant and maintain trees at a far lower cost than it would be for a consumer to carry out the activity individually.

The vast majority of your donation will go towards the initial planting of your tree, including land and surveying costs, nursery costs and planting costs.

TreeTime makes a small provision for administrative and maintenance costs, such as weeding, and for relaying your photos in the future. The software process is fully automated, so the only costs involved with photographing your trees is for a single TreeTime employee to periodically launch our drones over our forests and relay that footage to our server.

We also make a small provision for the very few trees which unfortunately don’t survive the planting process. This is to ensure that consumers like yourself receive an additional tree in this scenario.

Once your tree has survived the first 2-3 years post-planting, there is very little maintenance required. This is because the trees are planted permanently, so there is no need to prune the trees or do anything else that would traditionally prepare a tree for harvesting.

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