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©Adam Harrower,The Botanical Society of South Africa


Are hedge trimmers just not going to cut it for your green-fingered friends next year? Then consider buying them a tree with Cocomo and The 1000 Precious Tree Project. Located in a gorgeous spot on South Africa's Garden Route, Cocomo Restaurant doesn't just pride itself on first-class pizzas, but it also offers the chance to adopt a tree for ZAR150 in someone's name and contribute towards the goal of restoring indigenous forests on selected properties in the area.


You could alternatively get your nature loving friend annual membership with The Botanical Society of South Africa, which is a proud partner of the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI). Botanical Society membership makes a great festive gift and grants your loved one free access to all SANBI botanical gardens all-year-round. And while you're signing them up as a member, consider joining the Botanical Society family and supporting their work by making the Botanical Society your beneficiary on your MySchool/MyPlanet card.

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Or is the lucky recipient more of a hands-on guy or gal? If that's the case then stock them up with some great gardening gear from Soil for Life. From vertical planters to bug houses, the organisation sells everything that anyone could ever need to keep their garden in tip-top shape, and the best part is that all of the funds raised in their shop go straight back into their work teaching people in local communities to grow healthy plants and food.