Since October of 2006, we have raised £25,177 or $39,949 for a grand total of 5028 trees!
Our goal this year is to bring Gerard’s Grove which is still the biggest grove yet sponsored in the Caledonian Forest
to 5000 trees and to further increase the sizes of the Phantom Phorest (thank-you Redux & Phantom Pheast participants!) and the Robert Burns Grove.
Our totals so far:
Gerard's Grove - 3664 trees
The Phantom's Phorest - 1008 trees.
The Robert Burns Grove - 356 trees
Glen Moriston site of Gerard's first grove:
On May 16, names from among those who donate to either Gerard's Grove, the Phantom Phorest
or the Robert Burns grove between midnight March 14 and midnight May 15, 2012 will be chosen randomly
by the staff at Trees for Life to win one of our many donated prizes.
Raffle prizes include:
1. & 2. A pristine copy of “Men’s Health” March 2007 edition with Gerard on the cover from an anonymous donor.
3 & 4. Gari Glaysher's Christmas Concert at the Derby Cathedral from December 2011, with guests Charli Baptie, Stephen Godward and the Derby G&S Chorus, Andrew Nicklin, Keith King and BBC Radio Derby's Andy Potter donated by Rose Marie.
5. A wee Scottish bear keychain from Stirling Castle, Scotland donated by Peigi McCann.
6. A copy of the novel, “P.S. I Love You” from an anonymous donor.
7. Crystal and chainmaille jewelry made by GeriatricFan.
8. A copy of “Men’s Health” October 2008 edition with Gerard on the cover
from an anonymous donor.
9. A Gerard Butler 2012 calendar donated by Rose Marie.
10. Frank Miller’s “300” the book upon which Gerard’s film 300 was based from an anonymous donor.
11. 300 - The Art of the Film: The making of Frank Miller’s “300” from an anonymous donor.
12. A copy of Architectural Digest featuring “Gerard Butler His New York Loft” May 2010 from an anonymous donor.
13. A copy of Esquire featuring “300 things we didn’t know about Gerard Butler.” August 2009 from an anonymous donor.
14. A complete script of the film, “Dear Frankie” from an anonymous donor.
15. A pair of "Gerry" pillow cases hand made by felliniquilter
Trees for Life is reforesting an enormous area of the Highlands from Glen Affric to Glen Moriston west of Loch Ness in the Heart of the Highlands. The trees we donate are planted each fall and spring where they are needed most at the time, so in fact Gerry has many "groves". I've visited two of the locations where his trees are, Glen Moriston and Corrimony, both incredibly beautiful places - it's so heartening to see the little trees thriving, their survival rate is nothing short of miraculous!
Due to years of historical exploitation, only 1% of Scotland's original forest remains. The Highlands in particular have been described as a 'wet desert' as a result of the centuries of exploitation that have reduced them to their present impoverished and barren condition. The reforestation of the Highlands is an ongoing effort by Trees for Life and other groups. Their goal is to eventually connect the groves that are being planted throughout the western Highlands to bring back the great forest ecosystem that once covered much of Scotland. Bringing back the trees will help to repair this devastated ecosystem so that other species may also return. Last year beavers and wild boar were re-introduced to Scotland under controlled circumstances, and it is hoped that eventually moose, lynx, bears and wolves that were driven out centuries ago will be able to return to a viable habitat.
With your help we can bring back these forests of birch, Scots pine, and rowan along with the animals that depend upon them.
To donate to Gerard's Grove go here.
To donate to the Phantom Phorest go here.
To donate to the Robert Burns Grove go here.
If you are not a citizen of the UK, ignore the “switch issue” blank on the form. You can convert dollars to pounds here (click).
The groves’ locations:
Gerard's words to us regarding his forest:
“That is so cool! Restoring these Caledonian forests in Scotland which is, if you ask me, one of the biggest heartbreaks in the history of our country, is very imaginative and different ... Congratulations to you guys!"
Alan Watson Featherstone, Trees for Life's Executive Director "I'm deeply touched by the tremendous support of the fans of Gerard Butler who have donated trees for what is by far the biggest grove we've yet had sponsored in the Caledonian Forest. Well done and thank you to everybody."
If you have any further questions, please PM me!
This post has been edited by Peigimccann: 23 April 2013 - 09:37 PM