Give-Back Friday

Give-Back Friday

Children & Trees

This year we’re switching Black Friday up a little bit. We’ve never been ones for following the crowds anyway…

One problem we have with Black Friday is that it drives consumerism. Something we all already have an insatiable need for.
Don’t get me wrong if you’re in need of a new washing machine and you’re able to go and get one at 50% cheaper than at other times then perfect!
But primarily it’s a force to encourage us to buy things we don’t need, simply because we love a bargain.

We believe that it can be a force for good however.
This year especially has been hard on many, and charities are struggling too, both because many have had more pressure this year, and have also not been able to raise the funds they would in a normal year.

So this year from Friday 27th – Monday 30th rather than discounts, we’re giving 10% of the value of every order* to Charity.

It’s really hard to choose from all the amazing ones out there, in the end we decided to keep it simple and support 2 causes that are reasons why Wikaniko even exists.

So we have chosen to support this Give-Back Friday the environment and children.

One of the Charities we’re choosing to support is Action For Children. They have helped many children and families for years, and have helped many children stay safe and fed during the pandemic.

They’re now doing all they can to ensure all children in the UK get a hot meal, present and safe place to sleep this Christmas. Something our own children are lucky enough to take for granted.

The second Charity we want to support is The Heart Of England Forest.
As the name suggests this is a forest in the heart of England , that was started in 1996.

Their aim is to plant a broadleaf forest that stretches across the heart of England -the ancient woodlands of tomorrow. Currently it’s stretching over 4000 acres with over 1.5million trees planted.

But it’s not just a forest they’re all about biodiversity so there are also areas of dedicated heathland, wetland and grassland. It’s an area for anyone to enjoy, and wildlife to flourish.

We appreciate how lucky we are to have a business that has been able to carry on through this crazy year. We appreciate how lucky we are that our children are home and fed, and we appreciate how important outside space has been for all of us this year, and is for all years, and how important trees are for safeguarding the future for all of us.

We thank you for your support this year – and every year. And we hope that being able to give back whilst also getting some super things you need from our website or catalogue will give you an extra reason to smile this weekend.


*10% applies to order value before taxes and shipping.

10 reasons to plant a tree


One small action you can take which has a huge positive environmental impact, is to plant a tree. (or more than one if you can!)

But if you can find space in your garden for one tree, that is amazing.

Here are some (occasionally unexpected)  benefits trees;


  1. They are good for you – Trees have been shown to reduce stress, improve mood and some can even help boost our immune systems
  2. They support wildlife, and biodiversity.  A Single oak tree can support 500 species of insect! Give shelter and food for birds, as well as providing a food source for deer, squirrels and badgers from its acorns. The leaves that fall provide shelter for more insects and a place for fungi to grow.  Doesn’t have to be an oak tree though all trees will provide some nature with a home or food source. And fruit trees provide food for you too!
  3. They absorb CO2. Helping to prevent climate change. A young tree can absorb around 13lb a year whist a 10 year old tree around 48lb.
  4. Better Air quality – Trees also absorb odours and filter particles out of the air.
  5. They’re cool – if you live in a town or city especially trees can help to keep us cool. Tarmac and concrete are very good at absorbing and holding heat, causing the heat in towns and cities to rise. Trees offer shade to homes or gardens or pavements. And they release water which helps to cool the air temperature.
  6. They save water. – Shade from trees slows water evaporation from plants and lawns, meaning they require less watering.
  7. Give us cleaner water. Trees help to prevent water pollution, by allowing the water time to filter through the soil and rocks it allows cleaner water to enter the waterways/reservoirs /ocean and groundwater.
  8. Trees protect. Trees reduce UVB exposure by around 50%  reducing the risk of sun damage to our skin, whilst allowing us more time outside. Especially important for children.
  9. A little privacy or a great cover up. They can cover up a wall or unsightly view, offer privacy and reduce noise levels from surrounding areas.
  10. Valuable in the community. Trees can increase property values, reduce crime rates and inspire greater community pride. At the end of the day, we all love trees!

It is best to plant native species, and always make sure you know how big they are likely to get before you plant them (oak trees and beech trees for example can get rather large!)

Make sure to plant them far enough away from the house that they are not likely to cause damage. (rule of thumb is at least its mature height away from buildings)

If you are unable to plant a tree at home you can always sponsor a tree or trees. Or go on a tree planting.

Here are some resources to help

You can sponsor a tree HERE with the World land trust or HERE with Trees for life.

You can help the Woodland Trust by donating HERE