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Welcome to the 2011 Gerard’s Grove and Phantom’s Phorest “Un-raffle,” our annual effort to raise funds to buy and plant trees in the Highlands of Scotland.

Since October of 2006, we have raised £17,356 or $28,271 for a grand total of 4,823 trees in Gerard's name!

Our goal this year is to bring that total to 5000 trees!

The groves are:

Gerard's Grove -3563 trees

The Phantom's Phorest - 952 trees.

The Robert Burns Grove - 308 trees

That's a grand total of 4823 trees

On July 1, names from among those who donate to either Gerard's Grove or the Phantom's Phorest or the Robert Burns grove between midnight April 21 and midnight June 30, 2011 will be chosen randomly by the staff at Trees for Life to win one of our many prizes which will be outlined in a following post.

The trees we donate are planted each fall and spring where they are needed most at the time. 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,

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's 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).

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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!

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So far this year our Un-raffle prizes include:

Hand crafted silver and crystal earrings by GeriatricFan

The red leaf earrings have silver components and Swarovski crystals and Czech glass leaves are attached to a four-in-one chainmaille flower.

The green leaf earrings also have Sterling silver components and Swarovski crystals and Czech glass leaves attached to a Byzantine chain.

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Five hand made pillow slips by felliniquilter.

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Two sets of Highland cow gift bags, each set with one large and one small bag.

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Two wee Organ grinder monkey snow globes.

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CDs generously donated by Rosemarie.

A beautiful silver tree pendant and chain from Macy's.

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A green grocery bag and set of sustainable bamboo utensils.

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A "Scotland" passport holder (to be given away with a Trees for Life watercolour book).

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More prizes donated by rosemarie! Thank-you Rose!

Robert Burns - Selected Poems: "This selection gives equal weight to the two aspects of Robert Burns's reputation, as a lyricist and as a much-loved Scottish poet ... it includes lyrics to his most well known songs, such as the nostalgic Auld Lang Syne, the romantic A Red, Red Rose, and the patriotic Scots What Hae."

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Gary Glaysher's CD Serenata "Glaysher's performance is unrelentlessly passionate and driven throughout the album. The opening song 'Romanza' exemplifies his ability to carry a melody with ease, but also to narrate us through a story as he sings with such conviction and power (not to mention his superb diction). He has the range of a tenor, but has the deeper and richer tones of a baritone which gives him a unique flavour. "

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Coreen Scott's CD A Scottish Journey: "Coreen Scott has a repertoire that covers traditional Scottish ballads,

classical arias and modern contemporary music."

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Another prize donation from annielee!

Clans and Tartans of Scotland by Neil Grant

This book offers a look at Scottish clan society and an explanation of how the clans' tartans evolved. It takes a look at over 100 clans, describing their often turbulent history. Each entry features the clan's most recent tartan together with its family crest and motto.

Among the topics covered are:

-- Locations of the clans and battle sites

-- An illustrated directory of tartans

-- Scottish family names and associated clans

-- Kings and queens of Scotland

Beautifully illustrated throughout, including photographs of castles, sites, and countrysides associated with the clans, this is the perfect volume for anyone interested in genealogy, their Scottish heritage, or the history of Great Britain. (Amazon)

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More good news, our total is now at 4837 trees,

only 163 to go to reach 5000!

A couple of people have asked me about the pound £ to dollar $ ratio.

As of today £ 1 British pound is worth $1.65 US dollars.

Each tree costs £5 ($8.27) from seed to grove -

so for every £5 you donate to Gerry's Groves one more tree - a birch, hazel, rowan

or Scots Pine will be planted in Dundreggan, Glen Affric, Corrimony, or Glen Morriston!

(When you donate from the US, ignore the "switch issue" space.)

Jane, our contact at Trees for Life.

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To donate to the groves go here:

Gerard's Grove

The Phantom's Phorest

The Robert Burns Grove

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Our tree numbers continue to grow!

As of today our groves have grown by 25 trees since April 22! Only 152 more to reach 5000!

Gerard's Grove -3578 trees

The Phantom's Phorest - 952 trees.

The Robert Burns Grove - 318 trees

That's a grand total of 4848 trees

We're on our way!

The best way I can explain what's happened in the Highlands is through photos.

Here is a photo of Glen Affric, what a healthy Scots Pine forest should look like!

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To donate to Gerard's Grove go here.

To donate to the Phantom's Phorest go here.

To donate to the Robert Burns Grove go here.

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The lowdown on carbon offsetting:

From Trees for Life: “The most important solution to global warming is to reduce CO2 emissions. Minimising the use of fossil fuels, and living more lightly on the Earth are eminently feasible - all that is required is for each of us to have the commitment to put those principles into practice...

On average, one broad leaf tree will absorb in the region of 1 tonne of carbon dioxide during its full life-time (approximately 100 years)."

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So, even though we can’t personally absorb the carbon we cause to be emitted, we can help do so on a global scale by planting trees.

This year Trees for Life hopes to plant its Millionth tree in the Caledonian Forest,

so not only will your donation go toward helping us achieve our goal of 5000 trees,

It will help TFL achieve this year’s goal of 16,000 trees needed to reach that million!

How can you become a more carbon conscience individual? Go to Trees for Life's "Take Action to Counter Global Warming - Become Carbon Conscious" page here.

It will take you to Google's Carbon Footprint Calculator

To donate to Gerard's Grove go here.

To donate to the Phantom's Phorest go here.

To donate to the Robert Burns Grove go here.

Thank-you!

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Here is felliniquilter’s donated “Un-raffle” prize doggie coat

being modelled by one of her canine friends! Thank-you fellini!

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This year Trees for Life hopes to plant its Millionth tree in the Caledonian Forest. So not only will your donation go toward helping us achieve our goal of 5000 trees, it will help TFL achieve this year’s goal of 16,000 trees needed to reach that million!

One impressive fact is that our group will have donated 1 in every 200 trees planted by TFL since 1989. As director Alan Watson has said, “"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."

To donate to Gerard's Grove go here.

To donate to the Phantom's Phorest go here.

To donate to the Robert Burns Grove go here.

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Great news, Trees for Life is so thrilled with our continuing efforts to help reforest the Highlands of Scotland that they have donated a prize to be given to one of you who donates between April 22 and June 30, an illustrated book titled

"A Celebration in Water Colours" which will be given away with the Scotland passport cover.

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"Long-time Trees for Life supporter Joan Fairhurst has published a booklet of her beautiful watercolour paintings. With 32 pages, it celebrates 10 years of her work with us, and features high quality reproductions of 14 of her paintings, from sites such as Glen Affric, Skye and Glen Moriston."

To donate to Gerard's Grove go here.

To donate to the Phantom's Phorest go here.

To donate to the Robert Burns Grove go here.

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Just so those of you who have asked me know, the current forest and muir fires in Scotland are not threatening the Trees for Life Groves, although sadly the National Trust has said that some of their "forest regeneration projects had been "devastated" by the fires."

From old life comes the new ...

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Once again thanks to all of you who are donating to Gerard's Groves!

One of the major reasons for bringing back the Great Caledonian Forest of the Scottish Highlands

is to re-establish the ecosystem that will help bring back the wildlife that humans have historically eliminated

through exploitation and habitat destruction. The first step in this is to bring back the trees which will in turn form habitat for the plants necessary to sustain healthy populations of these creatures, especially the large mammals.

So far European beavers and Wild boar have been introduced in controlled circumstances

and the goal of Trees for Life is to eventually bring back all the rest:

Moose (Alces alces)

Brown bear (Ursus arctos)

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Wolf (Canis lupus)

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Reindeer (Rangifer tarandus)

Aurochs or wild ox (Bos primigenius)

Every tree we plant puts us closer to this goal.

Thank-you!

To donate to Gerard's Grove go here.

To donate to the Phantom's Phorest go here.

To donate to the Robert Burns Grove go here.

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Happy Mother's Day to all!

I thought on this day it would be fun to post photos of flowers on this thread.

I'd love it if any of you could share your local flowers with us!

We could start with the Scottish bluebell, or harebell, that is found throughout Scotland

and blooms in summer - so delicate and such a beautiful shade of blue.

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Here's an endangered spineflower that grows up the hill behind my house here in California.

The actual flowers are only about 5mm wide, so people tend to disregard them, but close

up they are magnificent!

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Thanks again to all of you for your continued support of the groves, too,

I am so proud of what we've done!

To donate to Gerard's Grove go here.

To donate to the Phantom's Phorest go here.

To donate to the Robert Burns Grove go here.

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Just a little reminder, our prizes this year include:

1. Large and small Highland cow gift bags

2. Large and small Highland cow gift bags

3. A cute little Organ grinder monkey snow globes

4. A cute little Organ grinder monkey snow globes

5. A Silver tree pendant and chain from Macy's

6. A green grocery bag and set of sustainable bamboo utensils

7. A Trees for Life Watercolour book & "Scotland" passport holder

8. Silver and red crystal leaf earrings hand made by GeriatricFan

9. Silver and green crystal leaf earrings hand made by GeriatricFan

10. Clans and Tartans of Scotland donated by annielee

11. Pillow slip 1 hand made by felliniquilter

12. Pillow slip 2 hand made by felliniquilter

13. Pillow slip 3 hand made by felliniquilter

14. Pillow slip 4 hand made by felliniquilter

15. Pillow slip 5 hand made by felliniquilter

16. Pillow slip 6 hand made by felliniquilter

17. Hand sewn doggie jacket hand made by felliniquilter

18. Robert Burns - Selected Poems book donated by rosemarie

19. Gary Glaysher's CD Serenata donated by rosemarie

20. Coreen Scott's CD A Scottish Journey donated by rosemarie

To donate to Gerard's Grove go here.

To donate to the Phantom's Phorest go here.

To donate to the Robert Burns Grove go here.

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Wow, in just 2 weeks 34 trees have been donated to Gerry’s groves!

This is so wonderful!

Our grand total is now 4869 trees

in the following groves:

Gerard's Grove -3597 trees

The Phantom's Phorest - 954 trees.

The Robert Burns Grove - 318 trees

Only 131 more trees to go to reach our goal of 5000 trees!!!

To donate to Gerard's Grove go here.

To donate to the Phantom's Phorest go here.

To donate to the Robert Burns Grove go here.

Thank-you!

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We are growing by 3 trees per day!

At this rate we’ll reach our goal of 5000 trees by June 30!

If you want to donate, please realize that even one wee tree will help!

Our grand total is now 4872 trees in the following groves:

Gerard's Grove -3600 trees

The Phantom's Phorest - 954 trees.

The Robert Burns Grove - 318 trees

Only 128 more trees to go to reach our goal of 5000 trees!!!

To donate to Gerard's Grove go here.

To donate to the Phantom's Phorest go here.

To donate to the Robert Burns Grove go here.

Thank-you!

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Only 128 more trees to go to reach our goal of 5000 trees!!!

Don‘t forget, on average, each tree you donate will absorb approximately of 1 ton of carbon dioxide during its life-time (approximately 100 years).

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Our campaign ends on June 30 for the prize drawing!

Thank-you!

To donate to Gerard's Grove go here.

To donate to the Phantom's Phorest go here.

To donate to the Robert Burns Grove go here.

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Do you ever wonder just how many trees 4872 is?

It's an entire forest - planted because of YOU!

Here's a little visual to help you see.

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Only 128 more trees to go to reach our goal of 5000 trees!!!

Our campaign ends on June 30 for the prize drawing!

To donate to Gerard's Grove go here.

To donate to the Phantom's Phorest go here.

To donate to the Robert Burns Grove go here.

Thank-you!

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I just donated to Gerry's grove, 2 trees. I don't know if my donation was added so that this site recognizes it.

Is there some way to confirm? I have donated trees before but do not see any indication of my contribution to

his forest. How can I tell?

By the way, does Gerry know yet just how many trees his fans have had planted in his honor?

Sandy

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By the way, does Gerry know yet just how many trees his fans have had planted in his honor?

Sandy

Hi Sandy.

Yes, Dayna has passed the information about the groves to two of Gerry's reps.

And thank-you for the trees! Trees for Life updates the grove count every few days,

so if you keep checking, you'll soon notice your donation name in the "A big thank you to . . ." section,

and your dedication sentence in the "Dedications:" section.

I'll also be posting any change in the numbers here!

Ragged Robin

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To donate to Gerard's Grove go here.

To donate to the Phantom's Phorest go here.

To donate to the Robert Burns Grove go here.

Thank-you!

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By the way, does Gerry know yet just how many trees his fans have had planted in his honor?

Sandy

Hi Sandy.

Yes, Dayna has passed the information about the groves to two of Gerry's reps.

And thank-you for the trees! Trees for Life updates the grove count every few days,

so if you keep checking, you'll soon notice your donation name in the "A big thank you to . . ." section,

and your dedication sentence in the "Dedications:" section.

I'll also be posting any change in the numbers here!

Ragged Robin

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To donate to Gerard's Grove go here.

To donate to the Phantom's Phorest go here.

To donate to the Robert Burns Grove go here.

Thank-you!

Thank you so much for your reply. I'm hoping we reach the 5000 goal.

I'd love to see Gerry's face when he hears how many trees have been

planted in his honor. I'd love to hear what he says.

Thanks again.

Sandy

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