This grove is a birthday gift to Matthew in recognition of his passion and enthusiasm for the Caledonian Forest and to say thank you for many wonderful family expeditions in the Scottish Grampians and Cairngorms that might never have happened had he not booted us out of bed, made the sandwiches and put the dogs in the car. May this grove thrive and become ever richer in wildlife for all to enjoy.
To Matthew, here are more trees for your Scottish Spinney to further your dream of a Scottish wilderness of regenerated Caledonian Forest for the benefit of our environment and all future generations.
Donated by Charlotte Proby
15th March 2017
A belated Christmas present to my nature-loving brother! Love from your secret Santa Xx
Donated by Flora Hay
6th March 2017
Happy Birthday, dear Matthew. You are an inspiration to us, your family. We now see the Caledonian Forest and its precious fauna and flora through your eyes and our lives are immeasurably enriched.
Donated by Proby-Dobbs-Hay Clan
15th November 2016
Matthew has always loved wildlife and wilderness, and was delighted with our move to Scotland in 2007. From bagging munros to skiing expeditions and beautiful Christmas walks, his energy and enthusiasm brings our family together in the best of ways, exploring amazing places that we might never have seen without him. His drive and passion has taken us to many wonderful wildernesses from the Mamores to Mallaig, from the Great Glens to Ben MacDui, from Shetland and the Faroes to the heart of the Caledonian forest. Along the way we have been caught up in quadrathlons, triathlons and a deep appreciation of Highland Cows. In the same way, Matthew's interest in the environment and how to best restore, protect, and preserve it, has engaged us all. Reforesting our uplands is one of the crucial ways that we can help restore balance to the UK's delicate ecosystems, preserve soil, prevent flooding, and reduce our carbon footprint by sequestering CO2. The temperate forests that our uplands should support are far richer ecosystems than monoculture heather moorland, both in terms of biomass and the number of species that these forests can sustain. We hope our family grove will become home to a wide diversity of fauna and flora, contributing in a small way to habitat for mountain hare, stoat, red squirrel, pine marten, wildcat, buzzard and hen harrier, to mention but a few. Therefore “Matthew’s Scottish Spinney” is a celebration of Matthew’s love of the outdoors, and is an emblem of his commitment to preserving and improving the environment. It is also a gift from all of his family to show our love for him; 14 trees to represent the 10 members of the Hay-Dobbs Clan and their 4 faithful hounds. May these trees all grow to be as fine as Matthew.
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