A Grove of trees in the Scottish Highlands
Ken Dykes Memorial Grove
In memory of Ken Dykes, beloved husband,
father, grandfather and brother

1936 - 2015


In memory of our dear and wonderful Ken. He loved the countryside, wildlife, Scotland - and trees!


“No tree has ever deliberately harmed a human being,

and yet for thousands of years man has used and abused the tree,

one of the largest and gentlest living things on earth.

We’ve built our homes, our ships and our furniture from mighty trees

that took many generations to mature.

We’ve sat in the leafy shade of a tree on a hot afternoon,

and sheltered beneath its boughs on a wet one.

Its branches have been used to stoke our fires in the cold months of winter,

its leaves and flowers picked to decorate and brighten our houses in spring.

All this and what is their reward?

All it takes is a little thought, a little time and a little respect and man could be enjoying the beauty and reaping the benefits of trees – and a host of other natural wonders – for centuries to come.”

From the book, 'Country Capers', by Ken Dykes - an autobiographical account of his childhood spent in the English countryside during and after the Second World War.

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Happy Birthday Dad. So thankful to have had you in our lives. Think about you every day, love you always. Penny, Rich, Millie and Izzy xxxx

Donated by Penny Bunting

27th March 2017

Thinking of you today, as always. With all our love xxx 26th May 2016

Donated by Penny, Rich, Izzy and Millie

27th May 2016

Happy 80th birthday to our dearest dad and grandad. 8 trees for 8 decades. We love you and think of you every day. Penny, Rich, Izzy and Millie xxxxxxxx 27th April 2016

Donated by Penny Bunting

31st March 2016

Ken was such a wonderful and loving man.

Donated by Ryana Dykes

2nd February 2016

Instead of sending Christmas cards in 2016 we have added trees to Dad's grove. Miss you every day. Love you always. Nel, Rich, Izzy and Millie xxxx

Donated by Penny Bunting

1st February 2016

Carol Geddes donationIn memory of a respected editor and fun-loving friend.

Donated by Carol Geddes

1st September 2015

For Ken, trees, "he was a man who used to notice such things".

Donated by David Alexander

7th August 2015

A mon Ami regrette.

Donated by Fatedest

17th July 2015

In memory of our dear Ken...an amazing character, and an inspiration to us all.

Donated by Vicky and Tony Cooper and Family, Leicestershire

13th July 2015

Beloved brother

Donated by Mrs Bernice Chaplin

6th July 2015

A dear brother of a friend

Donated by Terry Lodge

6th July 2015

Donated by Andy "Adge" Sully

3rd July 2015

With warm memories of Ken Dykes, whose deep love of the countryside will smile on these trees and live on through his wonderful ‘Country Capers’. The Bunting family, Derbyshire.

Donated by Julie, Graham and family, Derbyshire

29th June 2015

To Ken, A great bloke and dear friend for the last 40 years. Wished you'd been able to come to Australia. We'll miss you.

Donated by Laurie and Louise Jacob

18th June 2015

Fond memories of a dear friend - the laughter, the silly puns and mutual appreciation of all things bright and beautiful...

Donated by Georgie Thorne

18th June 2015

In memory of our dear and wonderful Ken. These trees will begin a grove that will grow and thrive - to celebrate Ken's life for many years to come. Always in our hearts xxxx

Donated by Wendy, Penny, Tim, Rich, Hita, Izzy, Amy and Millie

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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.
In memory of Ken Dykes, beloved husband,
father, grandfather and brother's grove
Trees in this grove: 63

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