Costs of tree planting
TreeSisters tree price as of 1st January 2020 is 40 pence / 50 cents USD per tree. This price is blended across 10 planting projects with costs ranging from $1.50 per tree to 10 cents. Periodically when we bring on new planting projects with sufficiently different costs to that of our existing portfolio, our combined price per tree will change.
The price per tree is low because we plant in some of the poorest countries in the world and we work with organisations who are mastering planting techniques that reduce external costs and increase yield and resilience by working more consciously with Nature’s own processes. Cost may well rise, as we bring on projects in countries with higher costs of living.
It is important to us that we support projects that not only plant trees and restore ecosystems, but who also support the communities who plant for them; restoring livelihoods, dignity and the capacity to access education and health care whilst deepening relationship with the forest.
Cost per tree: 40p (95% funds charitable activities)
Embedded in this price are the trees, the critical people that plant and protect them, replanting if needed and the campaigning we do to inspire ever more people to fund planting. This means that when you donate to TreeSisters, you’re funding social change and ecological restoration.
80% of your donation directly funds our reforestation program - covering seeds, sapling growth and nursery costs, transport, planting, protection and monitoring, reporting and replanting if the first sapling fails in the tropics (fire, flood, drought, disease, grazing, crab predation) and the costs of due diligence, screening, auditing potential new projects, working with existing projects, reporting to the network etc.
15% funds our feminine empowerment and social change work: campaigning and outreach, awareness raising, tree education, leadership training and network building in the global ‘north’ to grow the funding streams that restore more forest
5% supports TreeSisters core costs to curate and deliver the above
Changes to our tree price will happen periodically, as new projects come on and the combined cost of our whole portfolio changes as a result. We’re constantly adapting to changes of costs on the ground in our various planting countries as things like civil war (Cameroon), or major political issues affecting cost of living (Nepal), and exchange rate fluctuations occur, however we strive to keep our costs consistent. This cost increase also gives us a slightly more robust buffer in the face of greater global instability, and supports us in the development of our partnership portfolio.
We are long term committed partners for all our projects. Jobs, livelihoods, children’s education and health care depend upon the wages paid to those who are planting and protecting many of these trees. Yes, the ecological benefits are crucial, but so is taking care of those who live in or near remnant forests of importance, or adjacent to the forests we are growing. For the trees to thrive, people and communities need to thrive. This means making a living via alternatives to timber extraction, and having to sell land for development or farming/industrial interests.
Thank you for your support!
Below are some of the trees your donations fund (from top left to right): Eden - Madgascar Mangroves, Eden - Nepal, WeForest -Brazil, ITF- Cameroon (Mahogany Seeds by EruDef), Project Greenhands - Irrigation at a Tree Nursery in India, Project Greenhands - Seedlings in India.)