Irene was inspired to plant a grove of trees to celebrate her growing family and to protect a small corner of the Scottish landscape which brings so much joy to us all. This grove reminds us of Fred Kelly and Margaret Armstrong who gave us love, laughter and life so that our family tree could grow. It embodies our joy in the present and our hopes for the future as we continue growing together.
For those who are gone, but not forgotten.
Donated by Kate Armstrong
11th December 2015
This grove represents Irene Kelly's family: the roots who ground us in this wonderful place, the branches who grow together and stretch out to new horizons, and the buds who will be our future.
Donated by Irene Kelly
3rd December 2015
Irene loves poetry almost as much as she loves her family. These poems were chosen by her granddaughters to represent "Irene's Family Trees". Go Plant A Tree Ella Wheeler Wilcox God, what a joy it is to plant a tree, And from the sallow earth to watch it rise, Lifting its emerald branches to the skies In silent adoration; and to see Its strength and glory waxing with each spring. Yes, 'tis a goodly, and a gladsome thing To plant a tree. Nature has many marvels; but a tree Seems more than marvellous. It is divine. So generous, so tender, so benign. Not garrulous like the rivers; and yet free In pleasant converse with the winds and birds; Oh! privilege beyond explaining words, To plant a tree. Rocks are majestic; but, unlike a tree, They stand aloof, and silent. In the roar Of ocean billows breaking on the shore There sounds the voice of turmoil. But a tree Speaks ever of companionship and rest. Yea, of all righteous acts, this, this is best, To plant a tree. There is an oak (oh! how I love that tree) Which has been thriving for a hundred years; Each day I send my blessing through the spheres To one who gave this triple boon to me, Of growing beauty, singing birds, and shade. Wouldst thou win laurels that shall never fade? The Family Tree Patricia Grantham A tiny seed is sown with care into the fertile ground Then a small tree pops out slowly from its earthly mound With care it is nurtured by the life giving soil and air The branches then began to reach as if to someone near Its roots can grow and flourish as far as the eyes can see Just like the many members that makes up the family tree The leaves are like the children that's born of mothers and fathers The tree may be hewed down but root remains in sons and daughters The mighty trunk of the tree is what keeps its limbs together A family should remain steadfast in any kind of weather Is your family like the one that can't withstand the storm? Or is it one that doesn't care to be within the norm? Everyone who lives on earth is born with a family tree We have no choice in the matter it's part of our history A tree can grow to unknown heights as if to touch the sky The family tree will always flourish whether we live or die
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