A Grove of trees in the Scottish Highlands
The Robert Burns
Famous Scot Grove

The Robert Burns Grove 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,

"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

Add trees to this grove

Peggy Edwards donationTo 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

27th August 2018

In memory of Dad and Mum ... Hearts together in the Highlands.

Donated by Laura Murdoch

12th November 2017

Remembering Dad on Burns Day. X

Donated by Laura Murdoch

26th January 2017

For Dad on Burns Night. With love xx

Donated by The murdoch girls

25th January 2016

In memory of dear Dad, with love from Laura.

Donated by Laura Murdoch

11th December 2014

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

7th April 2014

Much loved and missed dad x

Donated by Jacqueline Collier

28th January 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

28th January 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

24th January 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

25th July 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

Donated by Deborah Ann Barnum

23rd November 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

17th June 2011

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

16th June 2011

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

Donated by George Montalbano

27th April 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

13th April 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 - 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/

24th March 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 **************************

Donated by Yvonne D. Zumalt

13th December 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

30th November 2010

    For my mom. **************************

Donated by Margaret D. Edwards

31st August 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

9th August 2010

    To Gerry Butler and Family. **************************

28th June 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

28th June 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

22nd June 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

22nd June 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

15th May 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 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. **************************

Donated by Rosemary L Rounce

13th May 2010

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

Donated by Karen Richmond

13th May 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 **************************

13th May 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

13th May 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

13th May 2010

17th November 2008

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. ********************************************************** 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 **************************

Donated by 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, Nic

    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. **************************

Donated by Deborah Barnum, Mr S Byrom

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