Our 150.000 Paulownia trees absorb up to 12.000 tons CO2 a year
The Earth’s population is growing, rainforests are shrinking, and raw materials and resources are diminishing on a daily basis. Timber could soon become a scarce commodity in future. The fact that our climate is changing is undeniable.
Since 2017, we have been growing on our plantations in Croatia approximately 100,000 Paulownia trees (also known as princess or empress trees) on around 300 hectares in ownership. The trees were planted on 100% recultivated fallow land away from Croatia’s coastal tourist spots. We planted the Paulownia trees with our own fair hands and, since then, they have been cared for, nurtured and maintained by our Plantation Manager Tomislav Presecan and his expert team, who will continue to do so for the next few years.
The plan is to plant another 25,000 trees in spring 2022 and add another 25,000 in spring 2023.
In 10 years’ time, when they’re ready to harvest, the trees will have long since been towering above us. Their valuable timber will be sent the short distance to Europe’s raw materials markets, where they’ll be in high demand.
The wood from Paulownia trees is a (bio)logical alternative to other hardwoods and many other types of material that are either unecological or becoming harder to source.
As well as being an alternative to hardwoods sourced from rainforests, Paulownia trees also absorb many tonnes of CO2 over their lifetimes and release oxygen via their huge leaves. 600 Paulownias release 59 tonnes of oxygen per year and can sequester 10 times as much CO2 with their large leaves as a normal timber forest.
in Deutschland: Treevest
in Österreich: treesource
Seit 2017 wachsen auf unserer eigenen Plantage in Kroatien 10.000 sogenannte »Paulownia«-Bäume auf 20 h Agrarland.
We’re working to combat climate change and promote environmental sustainability.
Tomislav Presecan is our Plantation Manager in Croatia. He and his team of 25 are responsible for cultivation work on the plantation. Tomislav is also responsible for managing any seasonal workers as and when required.
Agriculture is a constant, dependable fixture in Arjen’s life. His first experiences of agriculture while training Holland made their mark on his career and shaped the person he is today. Arjen Crul manages the plantation in Croatia and is the main point of contact at NatureVest.
Michaela Aumüller is an administrative all-rounder who supports everything we do at NatureVest. She manages and arranges all our processes from Kilb in Lower Austria with unflappable composure and proven expertise.