DEFRA welcomes 'virtual' Christmas gifts offered by nature charities

A recent trend by nature charities to offer 'virtual' gifts such as sponsoring wildflower meadows or a hedgerow is being encouraged by Caroline Spelman, Secretary of State for the Environment, as a way of supporting local heritage or wildlife charities.

"These imaginative gift ideas show just some of the wonderful ways that charities are working to care for our finest landscapes and most endangered wildlife. Buying your loved-ones one of these unusual and thoughtful presents means that they can also play their part in safeguarding our natural heritage," Spelman said.

Some examples of gifts include:

  • The Wildlife Trust is organising adoption schemes to help keep wildflower meadows in bloom. A gift will go to individual Trusts in the recipient’s local area.
  • The RSPB offering the chance to sponsor for £20 a Puffin by helping to provide safer nesting sites on its coastal reserves. A £28 gift will allow the RSPB to plant 10 metres of hedgerow.
  • The National Trust is offering the chance to sponsor a stretch of Devon coastline or restore a mountain footpath.

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