Green­fin­gered gifts with a warm glow

The Daily Telegraph - Gardening - - Gifts For Gardeners -

Gar­den­ers will love these thought­ful, well­made presents safe in the knowl­edge they are help­ing a good cause, says Ruth Mason

As we are bom­barded with ever more “stuff ” aimed at the gar­dener who has ev­ery­thing, it be­comes in­creas­ingly ap­peal­ing to many of us to shop around char­i­ties and other good causes for green-fin­gered gifts. There are many ways to go about this: the ob­vi­ous route is to pick a char­ity and visit their on­line shop. As you can see from even the small se­lec­tion here, many non-hor­ti­cul­tural char­i­ties of­fer imag­i­na­tive green gift ideas.

To take a less di­rect route, if you reg­is­ter at Ama­zon Smile, 0.5 per cent of each pur­chase price is do­nated to a char­ity of your choice.

Or to look at it an­other way: do you have a gar­den­ing friend who would pre­fer that you spent your money on the needy rather than a gift for them­selves? You could

Sweet Syrie rose

send a gift of gar­den­ing equip­ment to a fam­ily over­seas. For ex­am­ple, the Save the Chil­dren on­line shop of­fers a Gar­den­ing Pack, £29, which con­tains tools, fer­tiliser and seeds, to help a fam­ily sup­port them­selves. The same char­ity also of­fers four tree saplings for £12, that you can send in your own name or some­one else’s.

The char­ity says: “This gift rep­re­sents a do­na­tion to our hunger re­duc­tion work and could help pro­vide a fam­ily with nu­tri­tious food.”

There are 10 char­i­ties rep­re­sented on this page. Some, such as the Royal Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety and the Na­tional Trust, of­fer an enor­mous range of so­phis­ti­cated gar­den-cen­tric mer­chan­dise, but equally fa­mil­iar names such as the Royal Na­tional Lifeboat In­sti­tu­tion and Bar­na­dos in­clude green-fin­gered gifts in their on­line of­fer­ing. Happy shop­ping. An out­stand­ing climb­ing rose, ‘Sweet Syrie’, £14.95, was named for Syrie Barnardo, wife of Thomas, to mark the 150th An­niver­sary of the char­ity. 0870 603 9090; shop.barnar­dos.org.uk

SealSk­inz beanie

Trust the Royal Na­tional Lifeboat In­sti­tu­tion to know a good hat. This cosy beanie, £28, has a ca­ble knit outer with mi­crofleece lin­ing and is 100 per cent wa­ter­proof, wind­proof and breath­able. 0300 300 9916; rn­lishop.org.uk

Won’t Grow seed mix

The Wildlife Trusts ben­e­fit from sales of this en­ergy rich “won’t grow” bird food, from £17 for 6kg, for­mu­lated to en­sure seedlings won’t sprout un­der your feed­ing sta­tion and in­vade the gar­den.

Le Laboureur work coat

Great Dix­ter – first stop for style con­scious gar­den­ers – stocks this tra­di­tional French work­ers coat, £119.99, in 100 per cent wool. Get the Fer­gus look, with or with­out the bor­ders.

Ex­quis­ite Crea­tures wall calendar

But­ter­fly Con­ser­va­tion will ben­e­fit if you buy this 2017 wall calendar, £10.99, fea­tur­ing Christo­pher Mar­ley’s jewel-like ar­range­ments of in­sects in kalei­do­scopic bug man­dalas.

Flamingo wa­ter­ing can

020 8332 3123; shop.kew.org

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