In memory of Blake Arthur Peterson, who loved the beauty of the natural world.
Donated by Anna Peterson
21st April 2018
Began by his daughter, Anna Armsby Peterson, on the one year anniversary of his death (which fell on Earth Day), the Blake Arthur Peterson Grove is a testament to the power of memory, and our love for each other and the world we all share. This grove of trees will begin as tiny seedlings, and grow over the years into a network of forests, bringing with it habitat for native species currently absent in much of the highlands of Scotland.
Blake was only Scottish in the ancestral sense, but his daughter, whom he raised in a way that nurtured her love for wild places, grew up to study and live in Scotland for a time. Used to Colorado's relatively healthy and expansive mountains and forests, Anna was surprised and saddened to find much of Scotland's highlands devoid of trees, or a sense of natural wildness. When she learned why this was- and what an ecologically healthy Scotland SHOULD look like, she wanted to help do something about it.
Trees for Life is working hard to restore Scotland's Caledonian forest- its ecological heritage- and that is something Blake would have loved. We are all citizens of the same world, and the good we do for our planet anywhere is a good that will benefit everyone, everywhere.
Thank you, Blake, for the love you had for other people and wild places. Your legacy will grow to impact the world in more ways than we can imagine. Here it will spread across an ocean, in valleys and hillsides you never saw (and some you did), in the birds and squirrels and insects and eagles and beavers and lynx that haven't been born yet, who will return to the highlands in part because of this little grove- started because of who you were as a person.
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