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Donation and subscription of trees

Green Life Changing Program:
  • Your card will be charged in Euro when submitting your donation.
  • If you want to transfer money via bank instead of using your card for a tree donation, you can choose to either transfer using Norwegian kroner or Euro as currency. It costs EUR 10 per tree or NOK 100 per tree.
You can! We offer a monthly subscription on donation trees, so you can reduce your carbon footprint over time, and help impoverished farmers in East Africa to better secure their livelihood and survival.

If you are a new donor, you can register here to setup your subscription. If you are an existing donor, sign onto your account and go to the menu "Donate Trees > Monthly Tree Subscription."
If you start a monthly subscription on trees, you can sign onto our website at any time and access the menu "Donate Trees > Monthly Tree Subscription" and turn the subscription On/Off with a single click.

You can also change the monthly withdrawal day, number of donation trees, and which payment method you want to use in the same form.

How are the donation trees secured?

Trees can be harmed by fire, insects, locusts, or another force majeure. Better Globe Forestry (BGF) and their partner farmers who plant your donated trees are constantly monitoring potential dangers, run risk assessments, and create policies to minimize all known risk factors around the tree planting. The safety of the trees and to strengthen their ability to grow are top priorities.

Here is a short list of what BGF does to reduce the risks:
  • BGF has operational experience since 2004 and plants trees that are well fit for the environment and can withstand drought, insect attacks, and withstood even the huge locusts swarm early 2020.
  • The trees are planted on different plantations located far away from each other and on the land of more than 15,000 partner farmers (year 2020).
  • The trees are cared for, monitored, and planted in a way to minimize the risks of fire, disease, and pests.
  • It is in everyone's interest that the trees grow well and survive. They have a huge impact on the environment to counteract erosion and to convert dry areas into arable land. Partner farmers and BGF's social enterprise want the trees to grow and be healthy, as they yield profit when harvesting fruits and leaves from the trees, and when they are cut and sold. The trees help mitigate our carbon footprint and might help reverse climate change.
Better Globe Forestry (BGF) is a pioneer in dryland tree-planting and now a leading expert in conducting forestry in the kind of climate and terrain in which the plantations are located. The company has gathered experience since 2004, and even publishes a high-quality tree-planting magazine (Miti) to help anyone interested in earning money through forestry. Miti Magazine acts as an information hub and is a platform for the exchange of forestry knowledge between forest professionals, farmers, entrepreneurs, tree customers, ecologists, nature lovers, and others.

BGF is well equipped to meet all foreseeable challenges. The species they work with grow naturally in dry environments and are all drought resistant. As an additional measure, the company has spread its plantations geographically to limit any potential disruptions.

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  • No trees have been stolen so far from Better Globe Forestry (BGF), since they started their operations in 2004. They have guards employed who guard the areas 24/7 (mainly from animals).
  • The employees who work at the plantations live on and around the area and are the first ones to discover any looting of trees. Good business at the plantation means good business opportunities for the local community.
  • It is in the best interest for the partner farmers to safeguard their share of the profit from the trees and make sure no one steals them.
  • BGF has agroforestry agents employed who regularly check the trees at the partner farmers' land and keep reports and stats updated.
Parts of Africa can be politically unstable. Better Globe Forestry (BGF) only conducts business in politically stable regions. Hypothetically, anything can happen.

BGF has established itself in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania (as of 2021), where stability has been commonplace for a long time. More countries in Africa are also moving toward greater stability. BGF aims to contribute to this immensely positive development with its mission to counter poverty and corruption through transparent, sustainable, and socially responsible business principles.
Better Globe Forestry (BGF) continuously follows the ITTO market reports and analyzes, although their reports do not specifically follow the Mukau or Giant Lira tree, which are the main species BGF plant. Mukau is also of a significantly better quality than the "African mahogany," which is referred to on ITTO's market reports.

For easy comparision, if we say the mukau tree has the same price (Export sawnwood price) as the African Mahogany; the price of the high-quality mahogany trees BGF plants was €160 in 2010 and about €340 in 2020 (there are about 3 trees in one cubic meter. €1028/3=€342 per tree). Connecting virtual card to bank account
BGF does not believe that mahogany prices will be at a standstill for the next 15 years. The trend seems to continue where the demand is higher than supply, which means the timber price will increase. This will have an even more positive impact to all partner farmers and BGF's social enterprise.
The answer is no. Our forestry partner Better Globe Forestry (BGF) has investigated the possibility of insuring trees, but the quoted insurance premiums are too pricey to be commercially or economically viable. Insurance would only cover the donation price, which would be non-beneficial for anyone as no trees could be planted, nor would there be any money for BGF's environmental and social program.

BGF therefore works actively to reduce risks in a variety of ways to make sure the trees grow up. To mention a few, they:
  • have plantations and thousands of partner farmers in different geographic locations,
  • are continuously working on improving the quality of the seedlings they plant, and
  • are working toward the goal of planting twice as many trees as have been sold.

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We take protection of our customer data and our own business tools very seriously.
  • Your personal data is kept safe at our dedicated servers located in the most secure environment. The servers and databases are backed up every day.
  • We use high graded SSL certificate from DigiCert Inc on our website, which also validates that the website really belongs to Trees4Cars AS in Norway.
  • Data you register with us like name, city, phone number, and email are securely encrypted when transmitted on our website.
  • We save your data to provide you with proper services and to validate your tree donations.
  • Your password is hashed and encrypted and cannot be retrieved.
  • We do not collect and save your card information. If you enter or save your card with us, the card info is saved with our certified merchant account provider. We only receive a reference number to the card.
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When you sign onto Trees4Cars' website, you can find all your donated trees, payment receipts, and donation certificates under the menu "My Trees."
Each tree donation certificate is unique and validates the number of trees you donated. The tree certificate will not be available for print until the countdown of days left has reached zero (0). The delay is caused by a 14-day grace period and a time frame for processing the tree seedling.
When the countdown of days is over, your unique tree certificate will be available for download. It is in pdf format. Note that if the pdf document does not open in a new window, it most likely has been auto downloaded and you need to search your default "Download" folder to open it.
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Better Globe Media Inc. (BGM) is a media company located in Florida, USA, who mainly covers articles and news about our forestry partner Better Globe Forestry and its tree projects in Africa. It also publishes news from relevant partners that are involved in selling trees or have influence on the tree business.
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Tree plantations

Better Globe Forestry (BGF) plants mainly two different mahogany trees: BGF also plants Teak, Moringa, and Acacia Senegal (Gum Arabic).

BGF started establishing tree plantations in 2004 and began collaborating with partner farmers in 2016 in Kenya. The work with partner farmers spread to Uganda in 2018 and in 2020 there were more than 15,000 partner farmers involved in Kenya and Uganda. BGF plans to establish operations in Tanzania by 2024.

We only plant trees in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania, as we look at those as political stable countries.
Land grabbing refers to large-scale land acquisitions mainly by powerful multinational companies and other private and public investors that buy or lease farmland to produce agricultural commodities. Usually they exploit poor communities and governments, where bribes are common, and they operate in legal gray areas. The locals are often forced to move away from the land they have lived in and that usually does not go well. Squatters invade the land and do harm towards the commodities.

Our forestry partner, Better Globe Forestry (BGF), has a very different approach for leasing land. BGF:
  • leases land in semi-arid areas unsuitable for economic activities and with smaller populations;
  • involves everyone from the local communities and up to government level to make sure all parties work together;
  • contributes to schools and childrens' education for locals;
  • provides jobs for locals that boost their economy;
  • funds microfinance banks which makes it easier for locals to start their own business and improve their life quality and financial independency;
  • trains local farmers on how they can grow trees among their food crops to increase their income;
  • initiated the Green Initiative Challenge with KenGen and Bamburi Cement Limited to promote environmental awareness and tree planting at schools; and
  • provides water catchment systems for schools.
BGF has three plantations (in additon to a pilot plantation) and has no goal to add more leasing contracts for more land. BGF instead works with thousands of partner farmers to improve their ability for sustainable farming and stand up against land grabbing.
Many people boycott tropical timber for climate change reasons and choose to buy plantation wood instead to save the rainforest. Trees are harvested different ways; some are used for pulp production, while others for flooring, decking, moldings, furniture, etc.

Plantations that are made of a single species and well trimmed can be a problem for diversity and cannot harbor a variety of wildlife. They are generally more susceptible to disease and insect attacks and need extensive chemical support.

With that said, plantations are really the most effective way to secure and get most value out of the trees — including carbon capturing, and to encourage planting and replanting on a regular basis — keeping the world green for decades. Even centuries.

Fast-growing trees on plantations can provide a lot of jobs. Duties like tending the nurseries, planting the trees, trimming and maintaining the trees, followed by a fast cutting rate, all supply factories that need a constant input to keep people employed. Without plantations, unemployment and regional instability would increase.

Plantations can help save high-value forests and reduce the pressure on cutting native forests. They also help the land to recover after a disaster, man-made or natural, as trees will be replanted. They stop erosion and develop the economy in the local society.

Our forestry partner, Better Globe Forestry (BGF) is specialized in planting high quality mahogany trees for our customers, but that is not the only species they plant. BGF plants different tree species, where some provide multiple uses throughout their lifetime. Here are a couple of them:
  • Acacia senegal produces gum arabic, a natural gum with a unique chemical composition, that solidifies once tapped from the stem and can be harvested for various commercial applications, such as food, medicine, and printing.
  • Moringa is known as a miracle tree and has many incredible properties. There are claims that moringa treats or cures 300 diseases. One can use the leaves to make moringa powder that can be capsuled, and one can also use the seeds to extract and produce oil.
BGF does not convert native forests into plantations but is instead the only privately owned forestry company that has specialized in planting trees in semi-arid areas. BGF makes a green "oasis" in areas known for draught and little life.

BGF understands the need for biodiversity and are not increasing the number of plantations to satisfy an increased market demand. Instead, BGF uses thousands of partner farmers to plant trees on their own land. Biodiversity is maintained, and farmers can plant mahogany trees and moringa trees on their farms among their existing food crops. They all work together, and the food crops become so much more sustainable by utilizing all the qualities from the trees, as they:
  • provide shadow for the crops,
  • protect against wind,
  • hinder erosion,
  • sustain water, and
  • keep the soil moist.
The trees provide additional income sources for partner farmers and secure their farming in better ways than before.

We are proud to say that BGF has conducted sufficient research to ensure they manage their plantations and tree planting with their partner farmers in a balanced, sustainable, and economical manner.
Tree seedlings
Better Globe Forestry Ltd (BGF) is our forestry partner in Kenya that grows the tree seedlings you donate, and with help from partner farmers, takes care of them so they grow into big and strong strees.

BGF was incorporated in Kenya in 2004 and in Uganda in 2009 with the vision to eradicate poverty and corruption in Africa. Its mission, through Social Entrepreneurship, is to plant as many trees as there are people on this planet, and thereby finance a sustainable implementation of the vision.

BGF's core expertise lies in commercial dryland afforestation and in-depth knowledge of living and environmental conditions in semi-arid areas. As such, it is well positioned to anticipate and mitigate effects of climate change in East Africa, in a commercially sustainable way.

BGF's plantations are divided into two categories:
  • classic tree plantations on leased land, and
  • Trees planted with partner-farmers on their land, with wide spacing to allow intercropping with food crops.
The advantages of working with partner farmers are obvious:
  • no cumbersome lease agreements or land deals,
  • no investment in heavy machinery,
  • farmers can continue to farm their land for food crops grown alongside the trees, and lastly,
  • farmers are many.
In 2020, BGF worked with more than 15,000 partner farmers, and employed 170 members of staff, and 300 - 400 casual workers, depending on the season. As a policy, BGF offers career opportunities to young graduates of local learning institutions such as Eldoret University and Londiani Forestry College.

BGF has quarterly published the MITI magazine since 2009, which is the most successful and authoritative tree business magazine in East Africa. MITI is used as reference material by foresters and other scientists, farmers, tree customers, students and all those in the tree, timber and related industries.
Miti magazine
Better Globe Forestry plantation

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