A Grove of trees in the Scottish Highlands
The Partnership Grove for
Bonnie and Claire
25th August 2007

Bonnie and Claire grove

Although we are celebrating our Civil Partnership in a fairly low-key and informal manner, a few people have asked us if we have a gift list: the short answer is no, we don't! We have been together for over six years now and already have all of the typical household items traditionally given as gifts. We honestly can't think of a single thing we want or need... at least not for ourselves.

We have instead chosen to set up a grove of trees in the Scottish Highlands. We both love nature, we think trees are brilliant, and there are not enough of them. Planting more of them is a good idea for many reasons. Trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. They provide shelter for a wide variety of woodland creatures. They last far longer than any typical wedding gift such as a toaster or a kettle, and can be enjoyed by many more people and animals. Also, what would you prefer to look at? Trees or concrete? Admit it: trees are great.

We would like to ask anyone who wants to get us a gift to please consider buying us a wee tree to plant in our grove! It costs 5 to plant one tree and we have set up the grove with its first eight trees. We'd love for it to be bigger and would like to visit it one day, once the trees have been planted. It would be great to watch our trees growing old with us!

Thank you. We're looking forward to seeing you in August!


Bonnie and Claire xxx

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25th August 2007

To Bonnie and Claire: may all of your wishes and dreams come reality in your married life ! With love, Laura & DGH Wishing you many years of happiness together! with love from Rhiannon & Di xx Best Wishes for a lifetime of love and happiness together. Love from Mary-Ellen, John, Louise & wee John. Bonnie and Claire - this is such a lovely idea from 2 very lovely people. I can't think of anything more romantic than watching your grove grow as you grow together! We wish you both all the love and luck in the World and we're looking forward to seeing you on the day and toasting your partnership! Love and hugs, Karen, Phil, Connor and Sophie xxxx Bonnie and Claire, Wishing you much love,peace, and happiness from the states. May your combined love always stay well-rooted, blossom, and branch off into the hearts of the surrounding people in your lives. You two are awesome and talented ladies. Peace, Love, and Soul Andi Bonnie and Claire you are such a strong, beautiful, joyful couple and I am just insanely happy that you two are finally able to legally declare the union we have all watched grow and bloom all these years. Congratulations you two and may every happiness be yours in your future together. Bonnie & Claire May each and every tree planted to celebrate your union grow as strong as your love for each other. May the sun shine everyday in your hearts. All our Love. Eddie & Emma-Leigh What a fantastic idea! We hope you have a great day and wonderful life together. Dan, Sammy & Holly Matchett. To you both, have a wonderful day and a happy life together. All our love and best wishes from Verity, Simon and Evie. Xxx Helping to plant and nurture trees is a wonderful idea, in so many ways. And, as a token of celebration of Claire and Bonnie's partnership, it's perfect. Lots of love to you both, always. David and Julie Dear Bonnie & Claire, Words can't express how happy I am about the fact that you are going to be a married couple. I've been there since almost the very beginning, and it has been a pleasure to see you both grow and mature as individuals and as a couple. I hope the following years see all of your dreams realized. I love you both. xxx What a wonderful idea. Love to you both x x May your life together be full of happiness & pine martens! Wishing you love, health and happiness together. Have a wonderful day - see you for the BBQ! Love from Hazel, Andy, John and Alice Dear Bonnie and Claire, Congratulations on your marriage, we wish you all the best for a very happy future together. Thank you so much for inviting us to share in your special celebrations. Love from Sarah, Tony, Taryn and Daniel xxxxx To Bonnie and Claire Wishing you a long, happy and prosperous life together Sarah Beth x Claire and Bonnie, Congratulations to you both on your wedding day! Here is to many more years of shared and continued happiness; best of luck to such a wonderful couple! - Stacy and Kurt

Donated by Laura and DGH, Rhiannon and Di, Mary-Ellen, John, Louise and wee John, Karen, Phil, Connor and Sophie, Andi, Taryn Reiner, Eddie and Emma Leigh, Dan, Sammy and Holly Matchett, Verity, Simon and Evie, David and Julie, Kacy Tittle, Emma Carey, Stella Alvare

Your grove of trees

The trees in this grove will be carefully planted in protected sites in the Scottish Highlands where they will create homes for wildlife and forests for the future.

Scots pine against a summer blue sky.
Twinflowers in bloom on pine woodland floor.
A Scotch argus butterfly on common ragwort.
Bonnie and Claire's grove
Trees in this grove: 81

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