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What are cookies?

A cookie is a small file, typically a jumble of letters and numbers, downloaded on to a device when the user accesses certain websites. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user and a user's device. The use of cookies is commonplace and cookies are important in the provision of many online services.

Benefits of cookies

Cookies allow a web application to respond to you as an individual. By gathering and remembering information about your preferences, the web application can tailor its operation to your needs, likes and dislikes.

What legislation covers the use of cookies?

The Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 is the UK legislation that covers the use of cookies.

The rules are essentially designed to protect the privacy of internet users – even where the information being collected about them is not directly personally identifiable. They are intended to prevent information being stored on people’s computers, and used to recognise them via the device they are using, without their knowledge and agreement.

What cookies are set when you visit the Green Tree site?

The platform on which the greenTree site is built is called Wikidot. Wikidot stores cookies on your computer to help the Green Tree website admins track which pages are most popular on the site, which country visitors come from, the number of visits per month and other anonymous statistics.

The shop is built with a platform called Ecwid. When you browse the Green Tree shop and buy our products Ecwid stores your user details in a cookie on your computer so that, for example, you do not need to login again to the shop if you are on the same computer as before, and the contents in your shopping bag are remembered for the next time you visit the site.

Your credit card details are NOT stored in cookies.

Do I have to give my explicit consent to cookies being stored on my computer?

No. If you continue to use the Green Tree website you give 'implied consent' to the cookies we use being stored on your computer. If you do not want to give this implied consent you have 2 options:

1. Navigate away from the Green Tree website. We will be sorry to see you go but we respect your decision.

2. Disable cookies. The method to do this will depend on your browser. For your particular browser you can see the methods of disabling cookies at the links below:

By disabling cookies you might be affecting some of the functionality of the shop on the Green Tree site, or some aspects of the website itself. It might affect other websites too.

Managing cookies and more information

Your web browser will let you specify which cookies you want to keep on your computer. Most browsers allow you to 'trust' certain websites by accepting cookies from them, while avoiding cookies from other sites. The All About Cookies website has a handy guide which explains how to mange your cookies:

If you have any concerns at all about the information that is collected or how it is used, please do not hesitate to contact us. We, and the website and shop developers, will be happy to give you the information you need to be confident in using the Green Tree website and shop.

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