I plant this grove for all my family, for those who have gone, for those who remain, for those who live in far off places. I plant these trees so that in this way, we can all be together here, rooted in this beautiful earth, where each one can thrive and grow into their fullness, each one uniquely themselves yet part of the whole family.
I am so grateful to Trees for Life for all the work you do restoring the earth and I am glad to have this opportunity to give such a meaningful gift to my family and to the future
Donated by Margot Henderson
28th December 2017
Once Upon A Time when I was wee my Mammy sat me on her knee and she would tell me stories all about my family. She named the roots and branches of the tree, I came to see was truly me. Once upon a time when I was wee my daddy sat me on his knee and he would sing a song to me, about a poet and a tree,
"I think that I shall never see, a poem as lovely as a tree…
For poems are made by fools like me, but only God can make a tree"
So I give thanks to my family who grew the poet and the tree in me.
I am planting this grove in memory of my parents and for my wider family, all of whom live in other countries now, some of whom have never been to Scotland, where many of their ancestral roots are. So I want to give them this gift of laying down some roots together in Scottish soil, so that they can grow together as a family, the way trees do, so they have a sense of rootedness wherever they are. I want to give this gift in memory of those who have gone and in gratitude for those who are here and in hope for the children who will be born in the future. It is a gift to the young ones who will come after me so they have a connection to this land. Each tree is a prayer planted in the earth for each of us.
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