Frequently Asked Questions

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TreeTime is a non-profit organisation that empowers users to capture carbon, promote biodiversity and protect native forest with certainty, starting from a $3NZD donation.

Through the app, you will be able to plant and protect real trees in New Zealand. Each donation will fund the planting of one tree, or the legal protection of a parcel of native land. If you fund the planting of a tree through the app, TreeTime will source a seedling, and plant it with permanent legal protection.

You will receive a unique identifying code for your tree, or BarkCodeTM, that will show you on a GPS embedded map exactly where your tree is planted. You will also 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.

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 are planted in the right environment for that particular tree species, and contribute to fighting climate change.

What TreeTime offers over private planting is;
1) Expertise – Our trees have been chosen in consultation with ecologists and foresters, and are professionally grown and maintained;
2) Planting in a country conducive to large scale forest planting and a strong rule of law (assurance your tree will be protected);
3) Economies of scale, meaning everyone can plant a robust tree through the app at a more affordable price than doing it themselves.

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.

TreeTime, like all non-profit organisations, does incur some administrative costs. We not only strive to keep these at a minimum but ensure that our annual accounts are published to show where your donation has gone. Any unused amounts are carried forward in the accounts to meet future costs associated with your tree.

Your donation of NZD$9 does plant one tree and the BarkCodeTM that is allocated to that tree is your assurance that the majority of your donation has been applied to the planting of the tree. To get your tree planted and growing involves: land cost, nursery costs, planting costs, and tree maintenance (such as weeding to ensure survival of the tree).

TreeTime has an exclusive license to use patented software that utilises drone technology in order to take accurate photos of your tree and deliver these to your app. Each tree contains a different geo-locator relative to the exact longitude and latitude of the tree, and this is used to formulate a unique BarkCodeTM associated with your tree. Our server uses these BarkCodesTM to ensure that you as the user receive photos of your tree.

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.

TreeTime will plant a range of native trees, including Kauri, Rimu, Totara, Puriri, Kowhai, Manuka, Kanuka, and all species of Beech!

We only plant the natives which suit the local ecology of the planting site. This decision is made in conjunction with landowners, ecologists, and iwi if applicable. Once we have allocated your tree a site, we will allocate a species once they are confirmed.

Don’t worry, while all of our trees are unique, they all have a similar sequestration potential and overall benefits to the environment! The more species we can plant, the more variety of flora and fauna we can support.

While planting new trees is imperative to curb the effects of climate change, it is equally important to protect existing native forest. This is to ensure that the CO2 stored is not released, and also to protect the unique ecosystems that have formed.

By protecting native forest, you are paying for a permanent legal covenant to be placed over the title of the forest. This means that the native forest can legally never be cut down by anyone, at any point in the future.

Using our drones you will be able to see the grove you have protected! While you won’t have ownership over the land, you’ll be able to say that you’ve protected that forest forever.

TreeTime’s carbon capture trees are canopy native species. What this means is that they will grow very tall and have a large sequestration potential.

Smaller shrub trees such as manuka and kanuka don’t grow quite as high but provide added biodiversity to the site. Also, shrub trees are faster growing than the canopy trees. Because they establish themselves earlier, they nurse the canopy trees by providing shade and other benefits.

In the overwhelming number of cases, never. 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 be assured that the legal status of the tree will be protected in perpetuity.

TreeTime does of course reserve the right to remove certain trees if they pose a danger to the surrounding environment, but your tree is most unlikely to be affected and if it is we will replant it for free. This will only be done in consultation with ecologists and forestry consultants, and in rare events. Check out our terms and conditions for more detail on this.

Your tree will be planted in New Zealand. This is due to the favourable planting conditions of the country, and where the TreeTime team is based. The mild temperatures and lack of extreme weather events will ensure that your tree has the best chance possible of standing forever (or at least for your lifetime and your grandchildren after you!).

TreeTime will ensure that our trees are suitable for each particular planting site, and that they will promote the relevant biodiversity considerations for that area.

In terms of carbon capture, as the Earth has one atmosphere, it does not matter where on Earth trees are planted in the battle against climate change, only that they are planted and CO2 is sequestered! Every country is in this together.

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.

Naturally, tree-planting is a lengthy process and requires patience. TreeTime will ensure that trees are planted as quickly as possible; however, a conservative stance is taken so that seedlings are only planted when they are strong and healthy enough to survive outdoor conditions.

During the time period before planting your tree, we will source the land and prepare it for planting (weeding etc). We will also consult with ecologists to ensure that the right trees are being planted for the local geographies of the site.

There is a limited planting window between June and August each year. As a rule of thumb we aim to plant your tree within one year of donation, but depending on the time of the year, we may take a little longer.

TreeTime differentiates itself based on transparency and user-friendliness. When you donate to fund a tree with us, you can see where your donation goes and that your tree meets requirements of longevity and additionality. TreeTime’s financials will be publicly available online.

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 biodiversity and carbon, allowing you to view the amounts of carbon you have captured with reference to everyday activities, such as transport, eating and even getting into space!

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.

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 consistently ranks in the top 3 countries 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.

In order to calculate your tree’s CO2 sequestration, we take the total CO2 that will, we estimate, be sequestered by your tree over the first 30 years and divide this figure to calculate your average daily sequestration.

The amount of sequestration we associate with each tree will be shown in the ‘my tree’ section of the app and updated daily. In order to calculate your total CO2 sequestered, the app will automatically add up the individual amounts sequestered by each tree you have planted.

Sequestration figures are extracted from a number of sources including both mature plantings with actual carbon data, and the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industry’s carbon lookup tables.

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