When considering investment options, many do not realize that there are eco-friendly, sustainable options for investing in timber.
The Forestry Plantation Investments, marketed by Silvinvest Ltd, are Sustainable and Renewable; this means that a method of plantation management is used that ensures profitability for investors.
We also actively market alternative investments such as; Gold, Farmland and Green Biofuel providing excellent medium and long-term Capital Growth.
The investment is located in Bulgaria in the city of Ruse. The country
is a EU member since 2007. Ruse is a key commercial port on the Danube
river and allows easy and cheap transport of goods by boat to the
heart of Europe.
Most Forestry Investments work on a structure Land Lease contract,
however this Paulownia Investment is one of the few in the business
that sell the land itself as FREEHOLD. This gives more security to
the Investor with the benefit of potential land value increases
being considered for asset appreciation
The trees planted are Paulownia Tomentosa. They grow very well in the
Bulgarian climate. The plantation management company work with
forecast data - expected growth, speed of growth and volume of
harvested timber from a tree. The Paulownia tree species was imported
into Bulgaria about 20 years ago. Similar trees planted 10 - 15 years
ago are really huge. A tree like that has more than 2.5 - 3 cubic
meters of timber and they have been planted as decorative trees. The
forecasts are to get 1 cubic meter raw timber from a tree. Past
performance from a similar Paulownia plantation (8 years of age)
harvest exceeded 1 cubic meter per tree.
4.The timber and its applications
*It is a hard wood - like oak and walnut. It is ideal for furniture
*It has better insulation qualities than any other wood and it does not
rot. That makes it ideal for wooden house manufacturers and parquet
*It grows tall and straight and is ideal for straight beams for building
*because of the size of its leaves the tree produces several times more oxygen than most plants and absorbs more carbon-dioxide.
5.Planting and growing the plantation
Tree planting takes place in early spring before the leaves come out. By
the end of the first year most of the trees reach 2.5 - 3 meters
high. But what is most important is the roots to go as deep as
possible. The deeper the roots get - the faster the tree grows.
Pruning trees from the bottom in the beginning of the second year and
by the end of it they are nearly as high again as the rest that have
not been cut. And it is because the roots are as deep as the rest.
The first year is extremely important to water the plants everyday -
in summer twice a day!
Pruning is very important to get high and straight trees. From the
fourth year the trees need only to get thicker.
6.Security of plantations
Surrounding the plantations with fences and provide a land guard. The
ground between the trees is regularly cleared from grass to prevent fire
There are two lawyers that deal with the company registrations and
prepare all necessary paperwork.
*Registration in Bulgaria: The lawyer fills in all necessary application papers for the company registration. As these forms go directly into the Bulgarian company registrar they need to be completed in Bulgarian.
A translator translates them all to the client before he signs them.
Then they are deposited with the registrar. A bank account is opened forthe new company and all payments the client needs to complete will go through it.
*Registration when the client does not come to Bulgaria: The lawyer
fills in all necessary application papers for the company
registration. All forms are emailed to the client and he has to print
them out and go to the nearest Bulgarian embassy in the investors
Country of Residence and sign them there. All expenses at the embassy
are chargeable to the investor.
Then the investor sends the forms to the Plantation Management team by
mail. Once the forms arrive the Bulgarian lawyers they are deposited
with the registrar and the company account is opened. In this case
there are additional Power of attorneys to let the management company
represent the investor before the registrar and deposit the papers on
the investors behalf and register the company bank account.
Once the company is registered and the money is paid the land title is
transferred to the investors new company. This is done with a local
Notary. The title deed is written by the notary and both the seller
and the buyer need to sign it in front of the notary. The notary
signs it as well and then he deposits it in court where the title is
transferred to the buyer. It takes from 2 days to 2 weeks sometimes.
If the client (as the owner of the company) cannot be present he can
be represented using power of attorney to buy his land on his behalf
and transfer the title to the newly formed company.
Option 1 - The whole amount is paid by the client when he signs the
contracts and the papers for the company. When paying in this way the
seller will allow a discretionary discount on investment. Details
available by request.
Option 2 - With deposit and installments - 30 % deposit is paid at
signing the contract. The rest is divided into 35 equal monthly
installments due the 1st of every month. The legal transfer of the titlewill be done after the last installment is paid! Many investors prefer
this option because they do not pay all the money at once. The investor
can sign the contract and get things started without visiting
Bulgaria at the start, Investors can plan their visit to a time that
suites them best and see their plantation already planted and grown.
Option 3 - Only with installments - as option 2 but without the 30%
deposit. The seller does not offer this option all the time! It is
available only from June to December for plots that will be planted nextyear March - April! This allows the clients account to accumulate at
least part of the money necessary for planting!
10.Power of attorney
Two types of power of attorney:
*necessary for bank accounts
*necessary for registering the company and transferring the land title