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Autumn newsletter 2011
this issue...
Our Nurseries
See how our trees start life and
how they are planted
...
From Start to Finish
We pride ourselves on our care & management of investors’ trees,
our customer service and the fact th...
Taking GPS coordinates...
Investing at every stage..
We believe that by constantly
investing and reinvesting in
the best a...
Transporting & catagorising...
MINAET certification Log classification
Every delivery we receive is cross During the proce...
Centre block
The most valuable part of the log
is the centre block. The size of this
depends on the thickness of the
logs....
An Investor’s StoryWrittenby Barry Worby
Barry Worby explains why he invested with Ethical Forestry
“I was looking to inve...
SIPPs
Can you afford to ignore the facts?
77% of Britons are retiring with their pensions providing
an income of less than...
Acacia before first thinning harvest
For more information on our ethical investments or to speak with an advisor, please c...
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  1. 1. Ethical Times tm Autumn newsletter 2011 this issue... Our Nurseries See how our trees start life and how they are planted Taking GPS Points How we register investors’ trees and build our Tree Management Database Harvesting trees See how the trees are harvested and transported for processing Our New Timber Mill The bespoke processing plant for preparing sustainable logs for sale New Costa Rican head office springs into life. Welcome to the Autumn 2011 newsletter. We are pleased to announce the recent acquisition of the new Costa Rican head office based in the San Carlos region. Meet an investor... Barry Worby explains why he invested China The latest figures on China’s high demand for timber Supporting The Community Programme Caretakers take residence This hub houses our offices & milling production line, which has been specifically designed to process sustainable logs from our plantations. San Carlos will also be the location for the region’s new nurseries, housing up to 100,000 new trees at any one time. Robert Brown, our respected expert on greenhouse development and management, and head of Ethical Forestry Costa Rica, is overseeing this project. The constant reinvestment and development of San Carlos extends further than the commercial requirements of our business. We are also investing into the wellbeing of our employees (currently 42). We are focused on building a positive work environment that ultimately leads to esteemed jobs and an organisation that resonates positively. As part of our Support The Community Programme, new caretakers’ houses are being built on the San Carlos site. Geri Brown is overseeing staff training seminars covering a multitude of topics from health & safety to personal money management. As a consequence of our caring employment philosophy, word has spread quickly throughout the region creating a flurry of people enquiring when jobs become available, confirming our ethos is working. Investors often ask us many questions regarding the planting, GPS points, harvesting and processing. Inside we share with you a typical Ethical Forestry day starting at the nurseries, harvesting trees and ending with the final sawn lumber. We are also asked by investors if they can see investor case studies. As you will no doubt appreciate, this has proved a difficult task due to investor confidentiality. Fortunately, Barry Worby, a recent investor, shares his story about why and how much he invested. We hope you enjoy the newsletter and always welcome valued feedback. Thank you, the Ethical Forestry Team. For more information on our ethical investments or to speak with an advisor, please call us free on 0800 075 30 10 or visit www.ethicalforestry.com
  2. 2. From Start to Finish We pride ourselves on our care & management of investors’ trees, our customer service and the fact that we manage the whole process from seed to saleable lumber. The Nursery... Rapid growth... The average height of a 2 week old sapling is 6 inches, whereas a 6 week old tree is approximately 2ft high. Each individual greenhouse houses around 50,000 seedlings at any one time. The careful selection of genetically pure seeds ensures all of our trees get the best start in life. Preparing the land... Planting. Prior to planting... Angie Fernandez, our head forestry engineer, studies a plantation map with the plantation caretaker and forestry engineer. Before any young sapling can be planted, the ground is cleared of potentially competing foliage to ensure the saplings are unhindered during the first stages of growth. Planted with care... Each sapling is carefully planted by our government approved forestry engineers.
  3. 3. Taking GPS coordinates... Investing at every stage.. We believe that by constantly investing and reinvesting in the best available equipment ensures we give investors the best service possible. Identifying each tree... Every tree that we plant is given unique GPS coordinates and registered on our tree management database. Harvesting trees. Checking before harvesting... Before any tree can be felled on our plantations, we check the GPS coordinates to ensure we are harvesting the correct tree. Assessment Before any tree is harvested, the GPS coordinates are referenced to our tree management database. Prior to felling, the clearance is checked by our forestry engineers. Trunks are cut into the ideal length to optimise the returns for the trees being felled. The logs are stacked ready for transportation to our timber mill.
  4. 4. Transporting & catagorising... MINAET certification Log classification Every delivery we receive is cross During the process of classification, checked against the MINAET certificat each log is individually measured and issued by our government approved catagorised in piles of similar size. forestry engineer. Awaiting processing Catagorised logs sit on the patio awaiting loading into the hopper - the first stage in turning them into sawn lumber. The first stage... Logs are loaded into the hopper and automatically dropped into the feeder. Each log is rotated by eye to ensure the most timber is extracted from each log.
  5. 5. Centre block The most valuable part of the log is the centre block. The size of this depends on the thickness of the logs. The larger the log, the larger the extracted core section. The final product... 1: A pre-sawn log 2: The centre block 3: Off cuts used for the wood packaging industry Off cuts The off cuts removed when extracting the centre core are planed and sold to the wood packaging industry.
  6. 6. An Investor’s StoryWrittenby Barry Worby Barry Worby explains why he invested with Ethical Forestry “I was looking to invest some money. I looked at the buy-to-let market but with property being so high in price still, plus interest rates being so low, it was not a good investment at the time.” “I also looked at stocks and shares plus possibly ISA’s (recommended to me by an IFA) but the country/world is/was in such an unsettled state they were not an option. I sat at my computer and thought laterally, I came across Ethical Forestry. I also found other companies selling a similar idea but Ethical Forestry seemed better to me. As I am 53 years old, I am not ready to retire but looking at my pensions I would have had a very basic, in fact almost breadline existence. I decided to invest into the Accumulator for this purpose but not through a pension scheme for several reasons. I have also invested an additional amount that will bring me an increasing income from year 4, which will reduce the amount of daily work I need to do, so I can get on with the things I like doing. My last investment was a gift to my two daughters. I invested into the Accumulator, which will hopefully help them in their life and I can enjoy (I hope) watching them spend, invest or save the money while I am still alive. So many people leave money to their children when they die so they are not here to watch them use the money.” China’s Timber Demand Continues to grow During the first half of 2011 China imported 20.75 million cubic metres of logs worth US$3,918.7 million, up 25 percent in volume and 35 percent in value over the same period last year. Of the total, imports of softwood logs were 15.09 million cubic metres, (US$2,319.9 million), up 33 percent in volume and 84 percent in value. Imports of hardwood logs were 5.66 million cubic metres, valued at US$1,598.8 million, up 8 percent in volume and 11 percent in value. As China’s population continues to expand in line with the global population growth (projected as much as 55.88% by 2050 - UN) over the coming decades, the demand for timber shows no sign of abating. Caretakers take residence We are pleased to announce that the caretakers’ residence are now completed on our Cocobolo plantation. The house is located on the top of a small hill overlooking the plantation, a river and wild rainforest adjacent to our plantation. Our Supporting The Community Programme is currently preparing the build of our new caretaker & nursery manager residences on the San Carlos site. We will give you an update in the next newsletter. For more information on our ethical investments or to speak with an advisor, please call us free on 0800 075 30 10 or visit www.ethicalforestry.com
  7. 7. SIPPs Can you afford to ignore the facts? 77% of Britons are retiring with their pensions providing an income of less than £2,000 per year! SIPPs have been around for some time but have gained in popularity in recent years. This has gathered momentum since A Day (the biggest shake up in pension rules for more than a decade), with the result that SIPPs have entered the mainstream. SIPPs (Self Invested Personal Pensions) are revolutionising the way investors are saving for retirement. More than half a million people have switched, with record numbers transferring every day. As the market has grown, it has also changed, with the result that there are different types of SIPP available The SIPP is popular because:- It is a simple structure There are generous tax benefits You control your own destiny There is freedom of investment (but watch the rules) It is now easier to make substantial contributions Most people are eligible for one (even babies) It’s an ideal way to build wealth over the long term in a tax free environment As the market has grown so it has also changed - as markets always do, with the average fund value dropping. Once, the SIPP was the preserve of the high net-worth individual and whilst that segment of the market continues to grow, the growth in smaller funds is significantly greater. Since the main objective of “simplification” was to get more people to take responsibility for their retirement, this development is unsurprising. Did you know you can use your SIPP to buy Ethical Forestry hardwoods and still take advantage of the tax benefits? You can transfer as many pensions as you wish. All of the following are okay to transfer: • Personal & stakeholder pensions • Other SIPPs • Protected rights pensions • Retirement Annuity Contracts (RACs) • Additional Voluntary Contribution Plans (AVCs) • Free Standing Additional Voluntary Contribution plans (FSAVCs) • Executive Pension Plans (EPPs) Between your 55th and 75th birthdays, you can normally take up to 25% of your SIPP as a tax free cash lump sum, and use the remainder to provide a taxable income before your 78th birthday. Picture the day you finish working. You will finally have the freedom to do what you want, when you want. But will your private pension(s) provide you with enough? The shocking statistic is that 77% of Britons are retiring with their pensions providing an income of less than £2,000 per year! Making the most of your existing pensions has therefore never been so important. There are a number of different types of SIPP; care should be taken in selecting an appropriate structure and you should seek the advice of your Independent Financial Adviser. However, if you don’t have a financial adviser, Ethical Forestry are happy to recommend one to you. F
  8. 8. Acacia before first thinning harvest For more information on our ethical investments or to speak with an advisor, please call us free on 0800 075 30 10 or visit www.ethicalforestry.com

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