Giving the gift of trees helps communities to help themselves.
Trees provide food and shelter. They are also a source of fruit and nuts, leaves and pods for fodder, bark for medicines and resins for chemicals. Trees also have roots which can be used for flavourings, fibres for making ropes, twigs and branches for kindling as well as wood for building construction, carving and making charcoal.
Many native African trees are capable of 'fixing' nitrogen through nodules on their roots. Such trees can be planted to assist the growth of crops (agro-forestry) and prevent soil erosion.
You can give and plant trees through Oxfam - and you can do it as a gift on someone else's behalf via the Oxfam Unwrapped charity gifts scheme. It can all be done quickly and easily online - just visit the Oxfam Unwrapped website for more details.