A Grove of trees in the Scottish Highlands
Matthew's Scottish Spinney
Matthew Hay
16th November 2016

A grove of trees in the Scottish Highlands

This grove is a birthday gift to Matthew in recognition of his passion and enthusiasm for the Caledonian Forest and to say thank you for many wonderful family expeditions in the Scottish Grampians and Cairngorms that might never have happened had he not booted us out of bed, made the sandwiches and put the dogs in the car.
May this grove thrive and become ever richer in wildlife for all to enjoy.

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Ten trees in congratulations for your expedition, celebration of your birthday (much belated, sorry) and in thanks for a great Yorkshire Model cycle trip to the Highlands.

Donated by Alex Dowle

28th July 2018

Donated by Alex Dowle

25th July 2018

Planting two trees for two friends; Lydia and Ben Coles, ahead of their upcoming wedding! Wishing them both all the best for the many happy years to come.

Donated by Matthew Hay

11th July 2018

Donated by Alex Dowle

25th June 2018

Donated by Alex Dowle

25th May 2018

Donated by Alex Dowle

25th April 2018

Donated by Alex Dowle

25th March 2018

Donated by Alex Dowle

25th February 2018

For all of us

Donated by Alex Dowle

25th January 2018

jetset offset (and Alexa-related carbon costs)

Donated by Olivia M

16th January 2018

Donated by Matthew Hay

15th January 2018

Matthew, Wishing you a very happy Christmas and a boogie woogie filled 2018 . Thanks very much for having us in Northern Ireland - it’s been a top start to the year. Love from your Secret Santa. X

Donated by Your Secret Santa

1st January 2018

For all of us

Donated by Alex Dowle

25th December 2017

One (Christmas) tree for all the family.

Donated by Matthew Hay

23rd December 2017

From Charlotte Hay

Donated by Charlotte Hay

7th December 2017

To offset our recent carbon footprints and to wish you every good fortune, Matthew, with your new endeavours to save this planet.

Donated by Flora and Charlotte Hay

28th November 2017

For all of us

Donated by Alex Dowle

25th November 2017

A birthday tree or two for MJCH!

Donated by Anna Weguelin

16th November 2017

For all of us

Donated by Alex Dowle

25th October 2017

Planting a few trees in lieu of a tourist tat present from Crete!

Donated by Anna

18th September 2017

Donated by ME

18th September 2017

Planting ten trees for Anna. Welcome to the grove!

Donated by Matthew Hay

11th September 2017

Want to add some more trees to the grove to offset my recent holiday to Finland.

Donated by Matthew Hay

26th July 2017

Here are a few trees as early birthday present.You will be In the Falklands on the day itself so thought I would donate now.Do let me know what type of trees planted & who by?Sarahxx

Donated by Sarah Mills

25th July 2017

Dad - Happy Fathers' Day! I have added 6 trees to our grove, one for each member of the family, to mark the occasion! Lots of love xxx

Donated by Matthew Hay

2nd June 2017

To Matthew, here are more trees for your Scottish Spinney to further your dream of a Scottish wilderness of regenerated Caledonian Forest for the benefit of our environment and all future generations.

Donated by Charlotte Proby

15th March 2017

A belated Christmas present to my nature-loving brother! Love from your secret Santa Xx

Donated by Flora Hay

6th March 2017

Happy Birthday, dear Matthew. You are an inspiration to us, your family. We now see the Caledonian Forest and its precious fauna and flora through your eyes and our lives are immeasurably enriched.

Donated by Proby-Dobbs-Hay Clan

15th November 2016

Matthew has always loved wildlife and wilderness, and was delighted with our move to Scotland in 2007. From bagging munros to skiing expeditions and beautiful Christmas walks, his energy and enthusiasm brings our family together in the best of ways, exploring amazing places that we might never have seen without him. His drive and passion has taken us to many wonderful wildernesses from the Mamores to Mallaig, from the Great Glens to Ben MacDui, from Shetland and the Faroes to the heart of the Caledonian forest. Along the way we have been caught up in quadrathlons, triathlons and a deep appreciation of Highland Cows. In the same way, Matthew's interest in the environment and how to best restore, protect, and preserve it, has engaged us all. Reforesting our uplands is one of the crucial ways that we can help restore balance to the UK's delicate ecosystems, preserve soil, prevent flooding, and reduce our carbon footprint by sequestering CO2. The temperate forests that our uplands should support are far richer ecosystems than monoculture heather moorland, both in terms of biomass and the number of species that these forests can sustain. We hope our family grove will become home to a wide diversity of fauna and flora, contributing in a small way to habitat for mountain hare, stoat, red squirrel, pine marten, wildcat, buzzard and hen harrier, to mention but a few. Therefore “Matthew’s Scottish Spinney” is a celebration of Matthew’s love of the outdoors, and is an emblem of his commitment to preserving and improving the environment. It is also a gift from all of his family to show our love for him; 14 trees to represent the 10 members of the Hay-Dobbs Clan and their 4 faithful hounds. May these trees all grow to be as fine as Matthew.

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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.
Matthew Hay's grove
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