The Robert Burns

Famous Scot Grove

2008-11-17
Add to this 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

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Donations

Remembering Dad and Mum. Beauty of Scotland and the wonder of Trees. Laura
Donated by Laura Murdoch
16/09/2019
Remembering Dad and Mum. Beauty of Scotland and the wonder of Trees. Laura
Donated by Laura Murdoch
16/09/2019
To the poet who also believed in planting trees.
“Let fragrant birks, in woodbines drest,
My craggy cliffs adorn;
And, for the little songster’s nest,
The close embow’ring thorn.”
Donated by Peggy Edwards
27/08/2018
In memory of Dad and Mum … Hearts together in the Highlands.
Donated by Laura Murdoch
12/11/2017
In memory of dear Dad, with love from Laura.
Donated by Laura Murdoch
11/12/2014
Remembering Dad on Burns Day. X
Donated by Laura Murdoch
26/01/2017
For Dad on Burns Night. With love xx
Donated by The murdoch girls
25/01/2016
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
Donated by Laura Murdoch
07/04/2014
Much loved and missed dad x
Donated by Jacqueline Collier
28/01/2013
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
Donated by Deborah Ann Barnum
28/01/2013
We dedicate this tree in the year 2013,
in honour of Robert Burns birthday on the 25th January.
RT Burns Club
Donated by Rosemarie Rounce
24/01/2013
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

Donated by Rosemarie Rounce-Rigou
25/07/2012
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
Donated by Deborah Ann Barnum
23/11/2011
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.
Donated by Susan Payette
17/06/2011
    To the good folk who are striving so hard to Save Gillies Hill.
    “Now’s the day, and now’s the hour … “
16/06/2011
    Best wishes for Gerry Butler and his Family
    from George and Donna Jean Montalbano and family.
Donated by George Montalbano
27/04/2011
    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.

Donated by S Byrom
13/04/2011
    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 – IntegrityMay 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 BurnsIn gratitude and fond memory of Wallace Allen Shaw (31.1.34 – 19.12.10)www.livingphilosophy.org.uk/
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24/03/2011
    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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Donated by Yvonne D. Zumalt
13/12/2010
    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**************************
Donated by Deborah Barnum
30/11/2010
    For my mom.**************************
Donated by Margaret D. Edwards
31/08/2010
    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**************************

Donated by Marie T King
09/08/2010
    To Gerry Butler and Family.**************************
28/06/2010
    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.**************************
Donated by George Montalbano
28/06/2010
    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**************************

Donated by Marie T King
22/06/2010
    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.**************************

Donated by Rosemary L Rounce
22/06/2010
    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
    **************************

Donated by Rosemary L Rounce
15/05/2010
    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 RoseI dedicate this tree to a dear friend and lady, Deborah Ann Barnum.Thank you for all your generous and wonderful support.Love RoseThese dedications are in conjunction with the RT Burns Club Cottage Event, 24th July.
    Raising funds for The Grove.**************************
Donated by Rosemary L Rounce
13/05/2010
    For Rose Marie who works so hard for a cause she loves.**************************
Donated by Karen Richmond
13/05/2010
    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**************************
13/05/2010
    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.**************************
Donated by Marie T King
13/05/2010
    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.**************************
Donated by Mr Harold MacFadyen
13/05/2010
17/11/2008