Will ‘Woodland’ Make Your Wedding Gift List?

14 Aug 2015

Grappling for the perfect gift can be difficult when many couples are already set-up for married life before they begin. But The Woodland Trust has come up with an unusual solution for the nature-loving couple.

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If you are looking for a more meaningful way to celebrate your marriage than a toaster or set of saucepans, then a dedication of woodland with the Woodland Trust is the perfect solution.

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With traditional wedding gift lists becoming less relevant for couples tying the knot, increasing numbers of newlyweds are looking for a more unusual way for friends and families to mark their special day.

The popularity of asking wedding guests for a gift to help the happy couple set-up home has been steadily declining as the number of couples living together before they get hitched goes up.

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The gift of nature
Imagine having a piece of woodland dedicated just to you; a unique place you can visit whenever you choose - to watch grow and change over the years. Your area of woodland will be a special place where wildlife will flourish, it’s a picnic spot for you and your partner and a playground for your children.

Your loved ones can contribute to your fund to dedicate an area of woodland in 50 different woods across the UK. You can also fund the planting of trees at Woodland Trust sites and even have your own bench or grove marker in your dedicated area.

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Trees: a wedding present for life
Individual tree dedications can also be added to a gift list as a less costly option for guests and for couples looking to give something back; a dedicated tree makes a meaningful and special wedding present. Each tree is dedicated once only and can be visited for free at any time. You’ll receive a certificate, information about your chosen wood and a map showing the area where our dedicated trees grow.

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Unique wedding gift bears fruit for newlyweds
Hanna and Nick Chamberlin’s unusual wedding gift of an acre of woodland is treasured by loved ones who visit the couple’s special place on their behalf.

The couple live in Australia but were keen to return to the UK to be married among family and friends. Instead of a traditional wedding gift list, the couple chose to ask for donations towards a dedication of an acre of ancient woodland at Duncliffe Wood in Dorset. The extra gifts they received meant they could also fund the planting of 75 trees at one of the Woodland Trust’s newest woods – Heartwood Forest in St Albans.

The groom, Nick, explained: “While we dream of one day owning our own piece of woodland, we thought that dedicating an area of ancient woodland would be close enough and a beautiful way of having a lasting memory of our wedding day which could be shared by friends and family for generations to come.”

The newlyweds were joined by their wedding guests the day after the wedding for a walk in Duncliffe Wood and their acre of woodland has provided a focal point for family and friends to visit since their return to Oz.

The couple have even had a jar of blackberry jam posted out to them by Hanna’s brother, who was inspired to make jam from the berries he picked at their dedicated area.

“The treatment of forests in Australia has made us even more appreciative of the woodlands in the UK and, particularly, the work being done by the Woodland Trust to preserve woods for the public,” said Hanna.

Interested in organising a dedication of woodland or trees? Call expert advisers at the Woodland Trust 0330 333 3300 or visit woodlandtrustshop.com/bridesonline

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