A valentine’s gift that lasts forever

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Gareth Mitchell, founder of Tree2mydoor getting in the mood for love!

Gareth Mitchell, founder of Tree2mydoor getting in the mood for love!

This week’s guest post is by Gareth Mitchell, founder of tree2mydoor.com

Gareth set up Tree2mydoor in 2002 and the company won its first national award at the “Gift of the Year Awards” in July 2004. Gareth’s dedication and commitment to Tree2mydoor has meant the business has grown rapidly, whilst attracting a happy and loyal customer base.

Gareth hopes to create, and be involved with, companies and initiatives that improve the environment and help improve society in the future.

With Valentines Day this weekend, now is the time to give that perfect personalised gift that will last a lifetime. Why not skip those gifts wrapped in packaging that ends up in the bin and buy your loved one a small tree gift? Match your natural gift to their star sign to complement the tree’s abilities and help your loved one grow along with the tree – they’ll be certain you’ve given this year’s present plenty of thought.

Follow this guide to choose which one is perfect for your partner and you can’t go wrong this Valentines Day, or any time you give a gift:

Water (Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces)

Grey Willow – the Tree of Enchantment or Witches Asprin‘s: for inspiration or eloquence. In Celtic mythology there is belief that the world hatched from two eggs hidden in the boughs of a Willow.

ElderThe Tree of Fairies drives away negativity and carries protective qualities – instruments made of Elder protect the home of negative influences. Persuades maturity through influence, increases contentment, evokes accomplishment and offers discrete help.

Crab Appleperfect for Valentines, the Tree of Love is synonymous with love; it encourages poetic inspiration, healing and establishes stability.

Ashis renowned for its healing properties, particularly in child health. New born’s were given a spoon of Ash Tree sap to aid a healthy start to life. The Ash Tree is sacred and also linked to positive enchantment.

Silver Birch (Water and Air) – the Lady of The Woods is said to be protective; symbolic of new birth, fertility and purification.

Air (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius)

HazelThe Tree of Knowledge was associated with wisdom, inspiration and individuality. It was thought eating hazelnuts invoked new skills and knowledge.

Scots Pinefor direction and detoxification of negativity. The Scots Pine evokes foresight enabling one to look forward, not back, while enabling purification to cleanse the soul.

Beech (Air and Earth) –represents deep wisdom and can formulate future ways. The Mother of the Woods or Beech Queen offers protection and nurturing, enabling the bearer to release fixed ideas and make wishes reality.

Earth (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn)

Oakgives strength of vision and backbone for overpowering situations, producing great clarity for judging future events. The Father of the Woods enables courage, strength, solid protection, health and inner strength.

English Yewrelates to fortune, change and continuity. The Tree of Change is the seed of new beginnings, the guardian to the door of rebirth and the death of the old.

Fire (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius)

Rowan (Mountain Ash)helps to lift emotions and allow the body and mind to relax while abating stress and tension. The Tree of Life controls all senses while protecting and healing with its magic and psychic powers..

HawthornThe Marriage Tree, represents true love, partnership and commitment. It is an ancient tree of protection that also enables happiness while acting as a guardian and cleansing force.

Hollythe strongest protective herb, traditionally hung around the home to protect from evil spirits. It is thought to also aid rest and sleep and symbolises dream magic. Its properties also enable courage and wisdom.

About the Author ()

I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. Ann says:

    what a lovely idea and so cute.
    I have been busy making fabric evelopes and cards. Would love to post them, but not sure if they would get lost and if the Post Office can sort fabric envelopes. I have also been recycliong some of my old clothes into bags thanks to some of your ideas.
    Thanks for sharaing and have a nioce day.

  2. Nothing more solid and lasting than a live present, to symbolize solid and lasting love.

  3. Poppy says:

    I would seriously love to buy more trees, but we don’t have anywhere to put them. The apples trees we were given at Christmas appear to be surviving well in their mega pots, but there really isn’t anywhere we could sensibly place anything else 🙁

    Great idea though for those that can.

  4. Alea says:

    I love this idea. I have received trees for my birthday, but never Valentine’s Day. I think I may need to drop a hint…

  5. Mrs Green says:

    @Ann: Hi Ann, your fabric envelopes and cards sound really lovely 🙂 (But as you say, not sure they would go through the postal service!). I’m glad you’re using some of the ideas from the site 🙂

    @nadine Sellers: Lovely idea, isn’t it? And how many of us have carved our names into trees as a teenager along with our current crush to see that love grow 😉

    @Poppy: I think I could just about squeeze one more tree in, but we’re getting full up too. I have four trees in pots which I might need to plant out this year. Ho hum.

    @Alea: 😉 good luck with that, Alea and Happy Valentine’s Day

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