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The Robert Burns Grove




Join us in planting a Grove of native trees in honour of Robert Burns - acknowledging his love of and connection to the land he celebrated through poetry and song.

He was a great patriot and his love for Scotland has kept alive the belief that we are a Nation of Worth and Honour:

"The Cotter’s Saturday Night."

"From scenes like these, old Scotia’s grandeur springs,
That makes her lov’d at home, rever’d abroad…"

"O Scotia, my dear, my native soil!
For whom my warmest wish to Heaven is sent,
Long may thy hardy sons of rustic toil,
Be blest with health, and peace, and sweet content.”

He was a lover of Nature, feeling compassion for all forms of life.
The trees will encourage a return of wildlife to a natural habitat.
Robert Burns among other things wrote about the mouse, the wounded hare and the deer:

"My Heart's In The Highlands"

“My heart's in the Highlands, my heart is not here
My heart's in the Highlands a-chasing the deer,
A-chasing the wild deer and following the roe
My heart's in the Highlands, wherever I go!”
The violet's for modesty, which weel she fa's to wear."

He was a lover of Nature, and could easily identify Scotland's wild flowers.
The trees will encourage a carpet of flowers to thrive under their shelter.
He wrote, mentioning only a few, of bluebells, the daisy, hawthorn, woodbine, lilies, and the primrose:

"The Posie"

"The woodbine I will pu' when the e'ening star is near,
And the diamond draps o' dew shall be her een sae clear!
The violet's for modesty, which weel she fa's to wear -
And a' to be a posie to my ain dear May! "

"The hawthorn I will pu', wi' its locks o' siller gray,
Where like an aged man, it stands at break o' day;
But the songster's nest within the bush I winna tak away -
And a' to be a posie to my ain dear May! "

Ah, the songster's nest.
He was a lover of Nature, and mentioned many birds.
The trees will encourage a return of birds both large and small to their natural habitat.
Some of the birds which Robert Burns mentions are the linnet,
blackbird, the lapwing, the thrush:

"The Birks Of Aberfeldie"

"The little birdies blythely sing,
While o'er their heads the hazels hing,
Or lightly flit on wanton wing
In the birks of Aberfeldie! "

He was a lover of Nature, and what is more apt for this project than
his love of trees.
Without tree the landscape has little life.
Without trees the landscape is bare.
Without trees the landscape is silent.

One of his enduring legacies was to write a poem titled,
"The Humble Petition of Bruar Water to the Noble Duke of Athole."
This poem is written from the point of view of the river which argues
that its banks need decorative and protective foliage. Burns called the river
"exceedingly picturesque and beautiful" but it needed trees and shrubs.
This suggestion was later acted upon by the Duke.
He encouraged the Duke of Athole to do what "Trees for Life" is doing,
reforestation:

"Would, then, my noble master please
To grant my highest wishes,
He'll shade my banks wi' tow'ring trees
And bonie spreading bushes.

The sober laverock, warbling wild,
Shall to the skies aspire;
The gowdspink, Music's gayest child,
Shall sweetly join the choir;
The blackbird strong, the lintwhite clear,
The mavis mild and mellow,
The robin, pensive Autumn cheer
In all her locks of yellow.

Here shall the shepherd make his seat
To weave his crown of flow'rs;
Or find a shelt'ring, safe retreat
From prone-descending show'rs.

Let lofty firs and ashes cool
My lowly banks o'erspread,
And view, deep-bending in the pool,
Their shadows' wat'ry bed:
Let fragrant birks, in woodbines drest,
My craggy cliffs adorn,
And, for the little songster's nest,
The close embow'ring thorn! "

We know, for certain, that Robert Burns would be behind Trees for Life's important work.
Let us make the Robert Burns Grove worthy of Scotland, worthy of the man himself and worthy of his love of Nature.

David Sibbald
www.robertburns.plus.com


Our grove

The donations total of £1,855 will plant a grove of 369 trees!.

Please click here to make a donation and write a dedication for this grove via our secure server:

We can also take your donation by phone: tel. 0845 458 3505. Thank you.


A big thank you to . . .

Laura Murdoch, Jacqueline Collier, Rosemary Rounce, Rosemary Rounce-Rigou, Deborah Ann Barnum, Susan Payette, George Montalbano, S Byrom, Yvonne D. Zumalt, Deborah Barnum, Margaret D. Edwards, George Montalbano, Rosemary L Rounce, Karen Richmond, Marie T King, Mr Harold MacFadyen, Deborah Barnum, Mr S Byrom, Peggy Edwards, RT Robert Burns and The Ladies Of The Lair, Rose and Alexandria and members of RT Robert Burns, Rose, RT Robert Burns, Rose and Alexandria, all her friends at RT Burns, Alexandria & Nicholas Horyski, Suzie Weller, Diane, Alexandria, Nicholas and Michael, Sandra (Alexandria) Horyski and Nicholas in Canada, Rosemarie and Sandra Horyski and ALL of RT BURNS, the Findhorn Community, Deborah Ann, Deborah Barnum, Nan and the Girls, Deborah Ann, Anonymous, Sandra (Alexandria) Rosemarie Rounce and all the members of RT Burns Group.


Dedications:


In memory of my dear dad, David Murdoch, who instilled a love of poetry,Scotland and its flora and fauna.Also to offset my recent travel footprint


Much loved and missed dad x


These Trees, in celebration of Robert Burns Birthday are for the
Beautiful, Rose Marie Rounce,
always Gracious Teresa King,
Exquisite Kathleen Proctor-Moore,
Brilliant Gari Glaysher
and a true son of Scotland, Gerard Butler.
Love and Hugs, Deb


We dedicate this tree in the year 2013, in honour of Robert Burns birthday on the 25th January.
RT Burns Club


In Memory of 'The Greatest Scot' Robert Burns. We dedicate this tree on the 21st July 2012, in remembrance of his far too early death, on the 21st July, 1796.

RT Burns Club


Dedicated to the talent and efforts of Rose Marie Rounce,
David Sibbald, Teresa and Keith King, Peigi Edwards and the one in a million, Gari Glaysher.
Merry Christmas, and a Happy, Healthy 2012
Love & Hugs
Deb


Dedicated to Allan Scott-Douglas, who sang beautiful Robert Burns songs at the Gerard Butler Fan Convention in Las Vegas last weekend. Allan played Burns in a show last summer and I'm sure he did a fabulous job of it.


    To the good folk who are striving so hard to Save Gillies Hill.
    "Now's the day, and now's the hour ... "

    Best wishes for Gerry Butler and his Family from George and Donna Jean Montalbano and family.

    To commemorate the passing of
    the writer and producer of the production
    - Robert Burns, Scotland's Radically Enlighted Poet -
    which was performed at the Edinburgh Festival in the year of "Homecoming" 2009.

    These trees are planted in recognition of “The Radicals” who in this significant year, the Year of Homecoming, presented at the Edinburgh International Festival Fringe the production:

    “Robert Burns – Scotland’s Radically Enlightened Poet”

    Taking our inspiration from the four words inscribed on the mace of the Scottish Parliament:

    Wisdom - Justice - Compassion – Integrity


    May the efforts of Trees For Life in the regeneration of the Caledonian Forest help to reconcile Man’s dominion over Nature… aye, it’s comin’ yet for a’ that…

    “Wi’ plenty o’ sic (such) trees, I trow (trust),
    The World would live in peace, man;
    The sword would help to make a plough,
    The din o’ war would cease, man;
    Like brethren in a common cause,
    We’d on each other smile, man;
    And equal rights and equal laws,
    Would gladden every isle, man.”

    From “The Tree of Liberty” by Robert Burns

    In gratitude and fond memory of Wallace Allen Shaw (31.1.34 – 19.12.10)

    www.livingphilosophy.org.uk/


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    I dedicate this to all the wonderful people of Scotland for allowing me to visit their breathtaking country and for being so wonderful while I was there, to Robert Burns for his beautiful poetry and also to Mr. Gerry Butler for inspiring me to visit his home.

    Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year to all!

    Delene

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    A very Merry & Blessed Christmas to the Phabulous
    RT BURNS CLUB - ALL THINGS ROBERT BURNS AND SCOTLAND. Most especially Rose, Alexandria, Janice, Teresa, Keith, The Incomprable Gari Glaysher,and all the members.
    Love
    Deborah Ann

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    For my mom.

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    These trees are dedicated to the memory of Phyllis and Tom Wright from Essex. Phyllis was an accomplished poet who had much in common with Burns, writing about everyday life and observations. Tom was an accomplished painter and Calligrapher. They shall be greatly missed and are together at last.
    With Love
    Arthur,Theresa,Rosemarie and Michael Rounce and Teresa and Keith King.
    These trees are dedicated to all those who kindly donated raffle prizes for our RT Burns Club, Burns Cottage Event on the 24th July 2010.
    Teresa and Keith King,Reg Tait, Anne Gomez, Kathleen Procter-Moore, Sarah Crome, Anne Caluwaert, Kirsten Easdale, Michael and Janice Rounce,
    Margaret and Tom Morrall, Donald Kay, Dave Elliot, Gari Glaysher, Jose Maria Porto Fayos, David Sibbald, Peigi McCann and artists From Our Hearts For The World charity album. Also Alan Grier of ProMUGS, Scottish Gemini, Robert Burns Gifts.
    With much thanks.
    RT Burns Club

    These trees are dedicated to my friends and officials at RT Burns Club:

    Alexandria Horyski - Reg Tait - Teresa King Anne Macpherson - Geoff Crolley.
    With Love And Thanks
    Rose
    This tree is dedicated to all those who attended our RT Burns Club, Burns Cottage Event, 24th July 2010. You all made it a very special night to remember.

    Thank you.
    RT Burns Club

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    To Gerry Butler and Family.

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    Dear Gerry Butler and Family,
    From George and Donna Jean Montalbano and Clan. May you always enjoy the Caldonian Forest with all its wonderful trees, etc. etc.

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    This tree is dedicated to
    Deborah Ann Barnum in thanks for all her wonderful support and kindness. Thank you Deb.
    Love Rose and Alexandria

    This tree is dedicated to Karen Richmond for all her wonderful support and kindness. Thank you
    Karen.
    Love Rose and Alexandria

    In conjunction with the RT Burns Cottage Event, 24th July
    2010

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    This tree is dedicated to Alexandria, Nicholas and Michael Horyski, to commemorate their visit to Burns Cottage and Scotland 2010.

    This tree is dedicated to Reg Tait, CEO of RT Burns Club, in thanks for all his hard work and support for RT Burns Club, Burns and Scotland.

    This tree is dedicated to Geoff Crolley and his tireless campaigns for a Burns Corridor and The Robert Burns International Airport and in thanks for all his work for RT Burns Club.

    This tree is dedicated to all the wonderful members of The RT Burns Club in thanks for their great support.
    Love Rose and Alexandria

    These trees are part of the 37 trees donated to The Robert Burns Grove by RT Burns Club for their RT Burns Cottage Charity Event, 24th July 2010.

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    We dedicate this tree, to the Lovely Lassies kindly performing at our RT Burns Cottage, Charity Event, 24th July, 2010.
    Anne Gomez - Irene Rice - Peigi
    McCann and Sarah Crome.
    And Another tree is dedicated to the Lovely Laddies Performing too.

    Callum Cooper - Robert Mac -
    Donald Kay - Keith James King -
    Jamie Rogers.

    A Big Thank You.

    With Love

    RT Burns Club
    wwwrtburnsclub.com

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    I dedicate this tree to a very special sister and lady, Marie Teresa King. Thank you for all your generosity and support and for all you do for others.
    Love Rose
    I dedicate this tree to a dear friend and lady, Deborah Ann Barnum.
    Thank you for all your generous and wonderful support.
    Love Rose
    These dedications are in conjunction with the RT Burns Club Cottage Event, 24th July.
    Raising funds for The Grove.

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    For Rose Marie who works so hard for a cause she loves.

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    These trees are dedicated with sincere gratitude to Rosemarie Rounce, Alexandria. Peigi McCann, David Sibbald and all members of the RT BURNS CLUB - ALL THINGS ROBERT BURNS AND SCOTLAND. Wishing you much success with the ‘RT Burns Cottage Event 24th July’. Love & hugs Deb Ann

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    We dedicate these trees to Lin Glaysher, wishing her a very Happy Birthday. Also to husband Gari Glaysher, for all they both do for charity.
    Thank You.
    With Love
    From the Rounce/King family.
    In conjunction with the RT Burns Club Cottage Event, 24th July 2010, Raising Money For The Robert Burns Grove.

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    This is dedicated to my father and mother, Harry & Hilda MacFadyen who were a great inspiration and whose work ethic drove me on to better my lowly start in life.

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    To Rose Marie and Lady Alexandria founders and creators of
    RT BURNS - ALL THINGS ROBERT BURNS AND SCOTLAND
    And all the members who love and revere dear ?Rabbie?
    ??Amang the trees, where humming bees
    At buds and flowers were hinging, O,
    Auld Caledon drew out he drone,
    And to her pipe was singing, O.

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    These trees are dedicated to Robert Burns with heartfelt gratitude For a that and to whom it led me.

    We donate and dedicate these trees to the Robert Burns Grove
    in honour of the patriotic and talented Scottish actor
    Gerard Butler, whose deep wish is to portray Robert Burns on film, may this soon be realized.
    With Love
    RT Robert Burns and
    The Ladies Of The Lair.

    We donate and dedicate this tree to our talented friend and member screenwriter Janet Thompson Deaver, who has written an amazing screenplay on the life of Robert Burns. May Janet be in Scotland soon and realize her dream, as she so deserves.
    Love Rose and Alexandria
    and members of RT Robert Burns

    I donate and dedicate this tree in the Robert Burns Grove in thanks to my wonderful friend Alexandria Horyski, Canadian Ambassador For The Homecoming and RT Robert Burns co. founder. Thank you for all your support and hard work.
    I also dedicate a tree to her wonderful son Nicholas Horyski in thanks for all he does for the environment and for being an amazing young man.
    May you both be in Scotland soon.
    Love Rose

    We donate and dedicate this tree in the Robert Burns Grove to eminent Burnsian, Dr.Gerard Carruthers from the Centre For Robert Burns Studies, Glasgow University in thanks for a wonderful interview.
    RT Robert Burns

    We dedicate these trees in the Robert Burns Grove to all the amazing members and Honorary Members of RT Robert Burns for all their wonderful support. Thank you.
    http://uk.rottentomatoes.com/vine/journal_view.php?journalid=100004715&view=public
    Roll on 2009
    Love Rose and Alexandria

    I DEDICATE THIS TO A WONDERFUL TRUE FRIEND ROSEMARIE ROUNCE WHO HAS GIVE SO MUCH TO OTHERS, YOU HONOR US SO MUCH WITH YOUR RARE FRIENDSHIP.
    Angels lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble
    remembering how to fly
    Rosemarie you've been an angel
    Such support, an aide, a crutch
    A friend, not just in fair weather but foul
    And I'm grateful ever so much
    Dedicated to Rosemarie Rounce from all her friends at RT Burns, Alexandria & Nicholas Horyski

    I donate and dedicate these trees to the Robert Burns Grove
    in honour of the patriotic and talented Scottish actor
    Gerard Butler, whose deep wish is to portray Robert Burns on film, may this soon be realized.
    With Love,
    Suzie Weller, Texas Gramma

    For my father, Donald Walter White, to take root in Scotland in honor of our family's "roots." From Diane.

    I dedicate this tree in honor of my wonderful friend Rosemarie Rounce for her birthday. Happy Birthday dear Rose!!!
    A friend gives hope
    When life is low
    A friend's a place
    Where you can go
    A friend is honest
    A friend is true
    A friend is precious
    My friend is You

    When it comes to friends
    There's lots of them about
    But you're the very very best
    Of that, there is no doubt
    Happy Birthday Rosemarie

    Have a most wonderful Birthday Rose

    Hugs and love always

    Alexandria, Nicholas and Michael


    We dedicate this tree in the Robert Burn's Grove in honor of DEREK ACORAH'S BIRTHDAY - JANUARY 27TH!!!

    Through the brightness of his kind soul and kind heart Derek has touched so many people's lives here and in the spirit world. He has given so much of himself to others and never turns away a cry for help.

    With this key in sight
    many doors are opened,
    many dimensions.
    An angel comes with
    a silver platter and a crown,
    with food for the journey.
    "Go in Peace" he says
    the journey is long
    but the Light is Bright.
    and the Might is on you
    and the river is calming

    Derek is the angel for us all. He truly holds the key and opens the door to the Spiritual World to the many lost souls.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEREK!!!

    Warm regards from

    Sandra (Alexandria) Horyski and Nicholas in Canada
    OFFICIAL HOMECOMING SCOTLAND AMBASSADOR


    Rosemarie and I and ALL of RT BURNS dedicate this tree to SCOTTISH FIRST MINISTER ALEX SALMOND in honor of the recent announcement for the ROBERT BURNS film staring Scot GERARD BUTLER.

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    There Once Was A Dream, A Dream That Was Burns

    Once there was a dream that was Burns and you could only say it in a whisper
    To hope and pray that one day a dream could come true and could be realized
    The distant Ancient Highlands would say his name in a whisper and send it along on the north wind, Burns, Burns, Burns

    Can you hear the name from within the distant fog and spread about the moors
    It is a name that history has written within her book with tears of forbidden love that is for sure

    Love and hate we are told indeed go hand in hand, throughout the ages of time they both indeed span
    Burns is indeed a legend, a myth and is truly more than a mortal man
    His words of love, passion have tested time itself, more than he could have ever planned

    He takes his rightful place as a romantic and can be said he was a realist, far beyond his given time
    His words of passion make you dig down within your heart and soul, you say with a gentle whisper, I wish him to be mine

    Many a fair maiden have fallen under his spell, how many through the years, it is hard to tell
    The promise of true love and devotion pulls at your very soul and is part of the very magic of the spell
    Without his words and touch your body feels like a distant empty shell

    So as you drift through the years remember as it nears your time to pass, there once was a dream, a dream that was Burns and it has been realized

    Now that Dream of Burns has indeed been realized and at long last the legend that is Robert Burns shall be brought to the big screen for all to enjoy.

    THERE ONCE WAS A DREAM THAT WAS BURNS......IT SHALL BE NOW REALIZED

    Given with much respect and honor from ALEXANDRIA HORYSKI
    (OFFICIAL HOMECOMING SCOTLAND AMBASSADOR), ROSEMARIE ROUNCE and all the members of RT BURNS


    From the Findhorn Community


    These trees are dedicated to the ever elegant Rose, the lovely Alexandria, the perceptive and precocious Nicholas, the determined Peigi, the delightful David and the princely Gari. These dedicated and gracious advocates of the immortal Robert Burns truly inspire us to embrace all things Burns, and everything Scottish. I am fortunate and proud to call each of you Friend, I love you all, always.
    Deborah Ann

    These trees in Robert Burns Grove are dedicated to the brilliant Spinto Tenor Gari Glaysher and the success of his first CD

    We dedicate these trees to David Cochran Murdoch 1922-2008, who had a love of trees, The Highlands and poetry.
    With happy memories and all our love, Nan and the Girls.

    O chi,chi mi mor-bheana
    O chi,chi mi na coireacham
    Na sgoran fo cheo
    Chi mi na coilltean, na doireachan
    Na maghan bana as toraiche
    Na feidh air lar nan cocireachan
    Falaicht’an trusgan de cheo

    O I will see, see the great mountains
    O I will see, see the corries
    And misty peaks.
    I will see the woods, the glades
    The fair and lovely plains
    The deer at the foor of the corries
    Enfolded in a mantle of mist

    Gaelic song by John Cameron


    These trees are dedicated to the brilliant British Spinto Tenor, Gari Glaysher in honor of the release of his first CD 'Seranata', may many more follow. My wish is that Mr. Glaysher's career and these trees will flourish together.
    Love - Deborah Ann

    To honor Robert Burns:
    "So may, old Scotia's darling hope,
    Your little angel band
    Spring, like their fathers, up to prop
    Their honour'd native land!"


    I dedicate this in honor of Kari and Warren from Sconestone and all the awesome work they are doing with this gesture of paying it forward. I awoke early, as I often did, just before sunrise, to walk by the ocean's edge and greet the new day. As I moved through the morning dawn, I focused on a faint, far away motion. I saw a youth, bending and reaching and flailing arms, dancing on the beach, no doubt in celebration of the perfect day soon to begin. As I approached, I realized that the youth was not dancing to the bay, but rather bending to sift through the debris left by the night's tide, stopping now and then to pick up starfish and then standing, to heave it back into the sea. I asked the youth the purpose of the effort. "The tide has washed the starfish onto the beach and they cannot return to the sea by themselves," the youth replied. "When the sun rises, they will die, unless I throw them back into the sea." As the youth explained, I surveyed the vast expanse of beach, stretching in both directions beyond eyesight. Starfish littered the shore in numbers beyond calculation. The hopelessness of the youth's plan became clear to me and I countered, "But there are more starfish on this beach than you can ever save before the sun is up. Surely you cannot expect to make a difference." The youth paused briefly to consider my words, bent to pick up a starfish and threw it as far as possible. Turning to me he simply said, "I made a difference to that ONE." We keep throwing back the starfish, time and again, realizing that some may wash up to the shore and need to be tossed back into the ocean again. The rewards are realized by recognizing the individual accomplishments. Every so often, we really do make a difference, a life is turned around and that starfish becomes a star Kari and Warren thank you both for making a difference in starting Sconestone From : Sandra (Alexandria) Rosemarie Rounce and all the members of RT Burns Group

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Rain on Scots pine needles.



The Allt an Eoin burn.



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