Results

2019 was a record year for us since Grow For It planted 124 hectares of forest, which will absorb 1600 tonnes of CO₂ a year in the years to come. See the list of results year by year below.
RESULTS FOR 2019
2019 was a record year for Grow For It!

2019: In February, we signed an agreement with Eden Reforestry Projects to plant 24 acres of mangrove forest in an area called Antsanitia in Madagascar. Read more.

2019: Framework agreement with TROFACO on planting 70 hectares of school and flat plantations in Uganda. The plantings are carried out by TROFACO and CIDI (Ugandan NGO). Monitoring of Uganda 2017 plantings as well as  overseeing the beginning of the plantings.

2019: Collaboration with Primus Motor / Bigum Consult to investigate the willingness of selected companies to achieve CO₂ balance for their activities through their CSR obligations. Karina Green Bro conducted surveys of Danish companies in Vietnam.

2019: Fyns Trælegetøj donates funds for a 12 hectare “socio-economic” tree planting in Vietnam. The forestry is carried out in a collaboration between Danish Forestry Extension (the foreign branch of the forest growers) together with a Vietnamese forestry association and local forest farmers.

2019: House Doctor donates funds for a 12 hectare “agroforestry” test plant in Nepal. The forestry is carried out in collaboration between Danish Forestry Extension (the foreign branch of the Forestry Association) and a Nepalese forestry association as well as local farmers.

2019: Hedeselskabet talks about their latest initiative called “Firmaskoven” in areas within the EU. We are pleased that Hedeselskabet has adopted our original idea of ​​Firmaskoven.

2019: Peter Esmann joins the Board of Directors. Peter is now in charge of the contact with Eden Reforestry Projects and contributes to handling our e-mail account.

2019: External assistance from Dagný Björk Kristjánsdóttir. Dagný’s thesis at Bigum Consult, was the most beautiful little video about Grow For It and tree planting, as well as a presentation about gift cards. The gift card option was implemented on our website.

2019: Establishment of Asset Group to help run the association. Stig Lindén-Søndersø handles our Facebook account. Pernille Selch Holm is in charge of corporate gift sales. Christine Lindgaard Bæk is responsible for our design. Grethe Pihl Jensen joins the Board of Directors and handles company contacts as well as emails.

2019: New website with design guide by Christine Lindgaard Bæk. Re-design by Grethe, Daniel and Kristian Strøbech, who also established a brand new webshop.

2019: At the end of August 2019 we have received 63 lifetime donations and 171 gift cards and GO-FOR-IT packages with a donation of at least 200 kroner.

2019: The active group has been greatly strengthened. Luisa dos Santos Bay Nielsen, Maria Voss, Troels Ravn Klausen, Nathalie Risvig Hansen, and Renè Hougaard have all become part of the community.

2019: In September, Jens’s climate speech was held at “Break for Climate” in Copenhagen. The speech dealt with Grow For It, SkyClean and green marine fuel NH3. Later in the year, we held presentations at the Implement climate conference. Both resulted in multiple donations.

2019: In October, all trees in Uganda were planted through TROFACO, and the agreed photo documentation was provided. A total of 54 hectares of forest and 16 hectares of school plantings were planted with 700 trees per hectare = 42,000 trees in total.

2019: In November we entered into an agreement with Eden Projects. Throughout 2020, 4 hectares of mangrove forest are planted each month on a site dedicated to Grow For It. We have an option to increase the number if necessary – and it will become necessary.

2019: In November a part-time secretariat was established to handle larger activities and advise companies in normal working hours. We could no longer handle the tasks after four o’clock and on the weekends.

2019: In December we received reports and documentation on the 2 * 14 hectare model forest plantations in Nepal and Vietnam respectively. The forestry association in Nepal and DFE have announced that they would like to reforest in 2020.

2019: By year-end 2019/2020, we had received a total of 107 lifetime donations. All the smaller donations totaled DKK 79,000. Grow For It transferred a total of DKK 980,463 to tree planting in 2019. Primarily to Uganda and Madagascar as well as the 2 model plantings in Nepal and Vietnam.

2019: At year-end 2019/2020, Grow For It had 415 contingent paying members. 404 people had paid at least 200 kroner.

2019: In 2019, you, our donors, have planted 60 hectares of forest in Uganda, 36 hectares of mangrove forest in Madagascar, 14 hectares of forest in Nepal and 14 hectares of forest in Vietnam. A total of 124 hectares of forest, which together will absorb 1600 tonnes of CO₂ per year in the years to come.

2019/2020: By the end of 2019, you, our donors, have already paid for another 69 hectares of forest to be planted in 2020. The distribution is currently. 48 hectares in Madagascar, 16 hectares in Uganda and 5 hectares in Nepal.

RESULTS FOR 2018
The annual milestones for Grow For It presented at the Annual General Meeting in May 2017 have been fulfilled in 2018:

2018: In January we had enough members and donations to maintain our §8A approval at SKAT (donations to Grow For It can be deducted from tax), in which we received 108 donations of 200 kroner from employee Christmas gifts.

2018: We are in the process of researching selected companies’ willingness to achieve CO2 balance for their activities through their CSR obligations. CSR = Corporate Social Responsibility.

2018: Chronicle in Information and article in Natural Energy gave great visibility and caused the number of donations to explode. Read the chronicle here.

2018: By the end of 2018, we had received 221 payments over DKK 200, including 62 lifetime donations. Amount for tree planting DKK 624,000. 437 contingent paying members.

2018: 6 companies chose to donate money for afforestation. And Siemens Gamesa provided the opportunity for employees to choose tree planting as a corporate Christmas gift.

RESULTS FOR 2017
Grow For It’s 2017 milestones discussed during the General Meeting were fulfilled.

2017: Thanks to our 361 members and 127 donors in 2017, Grow For It was approved under Sections 12 and 8A of the “ligningslov” Act. https://www.skat.dk/skat.aspx?oID=2061734.

2017: Donations of at least DKK 200 can now be deducted in tax as charity. Additionally, we have established a solution with MobilePay that allows you to automatically obtain tax deductions. Guidance appears on the website.

2017: Test planting have been conducted in Uganda and Madagascar for the purpose of determining suitable partners and models that our donors can then choose from. The thesis that it is possible to plant trees that absorb at least 10 tonnes of CO2 per year for DKK 7500 (1000 €) has been confirmed through our partners in Uganda www.trofaco.org and in Madagascar www.edenprojects.org/ .

2017: We have been given a platform for social media campaigns, #TreeMission, created by students at the Ingolstadt School Of Management, Social Entrepreneurship.

2017: We have obtained a visually beautiful certificate for our life-time CO2 balance donors.

RESULTS FOR 2016
Grow For It’s overall goal for 2016 was achieved. We had wished for a bigger donation for a real physical afforestation and, in addition, funds for setting up a website. This was successful through three donations. The hedge company donated funds for trees and planting work. Månsson donated 5 hectares of land for this purpose, and Henrik Stiesdal donated funds to establish our website. www.hedeselskabet.dkwww.maanssons.dk and www.stiesdal.com.

The website, designed by Mogens Karlsen and Morten Telling of Moxtell Productions, went live on April 2, 2016.

2016: On June 1, 2016, Denmark’s first corporate forest became a reality: 5 hectares of planted forest, which will absorb 50 tonnes of CO2 annually, balancing the consumption of 15,000 liters of diesel for Månsson’s tractors.

2016: The civil society association Grow For It was officially established on June 3, 2016 with formal association statutes, board of directors, bank liaison and the other necessary legal matters. As a celebration of the event, the board planted 175 oaks and 25 potted plants in connection with Firmaskoven. The Board of Directors of the association Grow For It currently consists of Anne Wolsing, Lars Hedemann, Henrik Stiesdal (Chairman), Jan Thisted, Kristian Strøbech and Jens Thomsen.

2016: On September 18, 2016, Grow For It participated with Hedeselskabet in an Open Agriculture event at Månssons, where we distributed flyers and talked about Hedeselskabet, Grow For It, Firmaskoven, and what trees do well in relation to global warm up.

2016: On September 19, our association was featured on TV Mid-West. Chairman and Vice President spoke about Grow For It and about Firmaskoven: Listen here.

2016: In October 2016, Grow For It started a dialogue with SKAT with the purpose of obtaining Grow For It in accordance with §8a and §12.section 3 of the “ligningslov” Act.

2016: In November 2016, our foreign planting partner, TroFaCo, www.trofaco.org, came back from Uganda and announced that there are large areas that need to be planted with trees.

2016: In December 2016, we received donations for planting in Uganda, which will annually absorb at least 70 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere and bind it in the growing trees. The donations were made by Cibi e Vini, www.cibievini.dk, Fabio Simoncini, Mie Thomsen, Karen & Svend Thomsen and own funds from Grow For It.

2016: In December 2016, we translated all the text on our website into English, so that we can have both a Danish and an English version on the updated website. Likewise, we have begun to reconnect our website with a new media strategy that includes social media.

RESULTS FOR 2015
2015: Afforestation at Lysgård Sø in Herning Kommune. Based on financial aids via a donation from
GrowForIt the forest close to Lysgård Sø was planted and inaugurated in December. Read more.

2015: Afforestation in Cambodia in cooperation with CAFACA. Planting of trees corresponding to 10,000 m2 of forest through donation via Grow For It.

2015: A GrowForIt project concerning climate consciousness. GrowForIt was given 200,000 DKK from
Hedeselskabet for the purpose of examining if companies have an interest in utilizing afforestation as a
means against the global warming. In practice, that can take place by companies balancing their CO2
emission through planting trees capturing what they emit. Read more.

RESULTS FOR 2014
2014: Christmas gift idea in Siemens Wind Power in addition to traditional employee Christmas gifts: Provide 19 trees for groundwater protection and CO2 capture. 12,184 trees were donated, partly by employees and partly by uncollected Christmas gifts, which Siemens management placed on top of the employee Christmas gifts. In 2013 and 2014, a total of 18,689 trees were planted in three national forests in Denmark: Elmelund near Odense, Fløng in Høje Taastrup and Byagervej near Beder.

2014: On May 4, 2014, EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard and Hoge Taastrup’s Mayor Michael Ziegler, together with local citizens and Growing Trees Network, planted the last trees in Fløng Folkeskov.

RESULTS FOR 2013
2013: Christmas gift idea in Siemens Wind Power in addition to traditional employee Christmas gifts: Provide 19 trees for groundwater protection and CO2 capture. 6,505 trees were donated partly by employees and partly by uncollected Christmas gifts, which Siemens management placed on top of the employee Christmas gifts. Read more.