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Gerard's Groves in Scotland 5090 Trees!

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Welcome to the 2012 Gerard’s Grove “Un-raffle,” our annual effort to raise funds to buy and plant trees in the Highlands of Scotland in Gerard’s name.

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:

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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.

The 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.

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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.

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5. A wee Scottish bear keychain from Stirling Castle, Scotland donated by Peigi McCann.

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6. A copy of the novel, “P.S. I Love You” from an anonymous donor.

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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.

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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. Posted Image

11. 300 - The Art of the Film: The making of Frank Miller’s “300” from an anonymous donor.

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12. A copy of Architectural Digest featuring “Gerard Butler His New York Loft” May 2010 from an anonymous donor.

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13. A copy of Esquire featuring “300 things we didn’t know about Gerard Butler.” August 2009 from an anonymous donor.

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14. A complete script of the film, “Dear Frankie” from an anonymous donor.

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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:

Dundreggan

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Corrimony

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Glen Moriston

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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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One way to figure out a possible amount to donate to Gerard's Groves is to go here

to estimate your annual energy usage (your "carbon footprint"). You can then donate to help tackle climate change.

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).

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The 5030 trees we have donated so far to Trees for Life constitute a significant part of

the group's Millionth Tree milestone which takes place this year! Trees for Life will be hosting celebratory events including a lecture tour by Trees for Life founder and executive director, Alan Watson Featherstone, a Treelay 2012 race taking runners through the major groves, and the planting of the Millionth Tree itself on 20th May! The millionth tree will be planted by Scottish wildlife camera-man and film maker, Gordon Buchanan who you can see

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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).

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Thanks to all who are donating!

Our groves are growing once again!

We are currently at

5035!

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Don't forget Earth Hour 2012!!

"More than 5,200 cities and towns in 135 countries worldwide switched off their lights for Earth Hour 2011, sending a powerful message for action on climate change. It also ushered in a new era with members going Beyond the Hour to commit to lasting action for the planet. Without a doubt, it’s shown how great things can be achieved when people come together for a common cause."

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).

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Thanks to all who have donated so far,

Gerard's Groves are growing again!

We are currently at

5035!

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).

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Thanks to Donna Jean and family

our trees will soon reach

5043!

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).

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Our trees have reached

5045!

One of the animals that restoring the forests of the Highlands will help is the Eurasian red squirrel,

a species which is dependent on acorns, hazelnuts, beech mast and Scots pine seeds.

75% of the red squirrel population in Scotland occurs in the Highlands.

It has disappeared from most of its range in the rest of Britain due to the spread of the introduced grey squirrel

which out-competes the red for food and carries squirrel pox. In the UK the red squirrel is now protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act of 1981.

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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).

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On April 22 we will once again celebrate Earth Day, a day on which events are held worldwide to increase awareness and appreciation of the Earth’s natural environment .

What better way to acknowledge that day than to plant a tree in your own yard or neighbourhood … and maybe another tree or two in Gerard’s Grove!

Corrimony, site of Gerard’s second grove

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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).[/size]

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Without a doubt this is the coolest idea ever! I have been looking for a new way for the kids and I to celebrate this Earth Day 2012...a tree...what could be better? I am so in. Thank you to the creator of this brain-child, you have to know you are brilliant! :wuv:

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Without a doubt this is the coolest idea ever! I have been looking for a new way for the kids and I to celebrate this Earth Day 2012...a tree...what could be better? I am so in. Thank you to the creator of this brain-child, you have to know you are brilliant! :wuv:

Thank-you, Jewels!

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Another species that the regeneration of the Caledonian Forest is helping is the Pine Martin.

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According to Trees for Life “Until about 1800, the pine marten was widespread throughout Britain, but today it is confined mainly to remote, forested areas in the north and west of Scotland, with a few small isolated populations surviving in north Wales and northern England. Its range reached a minimum at the beginning of the 20th century, as a result of habitat loss through deforestation and conversion of the land to agriculture, hunting for its fur and persecution for predation on game birds and chickens.”

The pine martin’s range is now expanding due to the expansion of native woodlands and its protection by the UK’s Wildlife and Countryside Act of 1981 - it cannot be trapped, disturbed or sold without a specific license from the Scottish Natural Heritage.

The pine marten is about the size of a cat with a long and a bushy tail. It can live up to 11 years, although the average lifespan is 3-4 years. It has sensitive whiskers on its pointed muzzle and prominent, triangular ears. Its senses of hearing, sight and smell are all excellent, and it is both playful and curious. It is omnivorous, with small mammals forming the major part of its diet. The pine marten helps keep populations of voles and other rodents in check.

In the summer pine martins eat bird eggs, honey, caterpillars and fruits such as blueberries (blaeberries in Scots) ”In a good berry season, these latter can form 30% of the marten's food and give a telltale blue colour to the animal's scat.”

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).

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Watch this video to see where your trees are growing!

A wonderful video, Rewilding Scotland, by George Tomlinson

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).

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Our latest prize hand-made and donated by GeriatricFan, a beautiful chain maille bracelet with bronze rings, Czech glass beads, and a matching bronze wire hook.

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Thank-you Geri!

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).

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Happy Earth Day to all! What better way to celebrate than donating a tree or two to Gerard's Groves?

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Today GeriatricFan has donated another prize, a pair of earrings made with Czech glass beads and matching bronze wire hooks!

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Thank-you Geri!

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.

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Thank You for all the updates Peigi.

I shall be adding a few trees very soon.

Thank You for all you are doing and to all the kind donators and purchasers of Trees.

You should all be so proud, it's a phenomenal achievement. :wave:

Love Rose

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Thanks for the updates. It is always nice to see how much Gerry's forests

are growing.

Sandy

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Because of you, since October of 2007 the fans of Gerard Butler have donated £25,261 – that’s $40,702 and 5045 trees to Trees for Life to help bring back the Great Caledonian Forest of the Highlands of Scotland.

This year Trees for Life will plant its millionth tree and you have been a significant part of that.

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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).

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Peigi (Peggy)

Everything looks just sooooo beautiful...It is wonderful what all of the ladies have done to enrich Gerry's forests...I hope he has had a chance to see the beautiful forests...He must be so proud of all of the wonderful fans that contributed and made everything simply GORGEOUS.

hugs, Donna Jean and George Montalbano and clan :kiss::wave::wuv:

Hi Peigi (Peggy) believe it or not I tried to get into the other site

I used GerardButler.net but for some reason doesn't work...have they change it or is it my computer???

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Peigi (Peggy)

Everything looks just sooooo beautiful...It is wonderful what all of the ladies have done to enrich Gerry's forests...I hope he has had a chance to see the beautiful forests...He must be so proud of all of the wonderful fans that contributed and made everything simply GORGEOUS.

hugs, Donna Jean and George Montalbano and clan :kiss::wave::wuv:

Hi Peigi (Peggy) believe it or not I tried to get into the other site

I used GerardButler.net but for some reason doesn't work...have they change it or is it my computer???

Thanks Donna Jean, and thanks for your contribution. I've sent you a separate email with other links!

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If you're wondering how many trees to donate to Gerard's Groves, Trees for Life suggests the following depending on what kind of energy user you are:

Light energy user

Drive less than 5000 miles p.a.

Often use public transport

Fully insulated home

Regularly walk for short journeys

We suggest that you donate around £60. This will allow us to plant 12 trees.

Medium energy user:

Drive around 10,000 miles p.a.

Occasionally use public transport

Partly insulated home

Occasionally walk for short journeys

We suggest that you donate around £140. This will allow us to plant 28 trees.

Heavy energy user:

Drive more than 10,000 miles p.a.

Seldom use public transport

Non insulated home

Seldom walk for short journeys

We suggest that you donate around £280. This will allow us to plant 56 trees.

All that said, donating even one tree will help since "... planting 16 trees and growing them for 30 years will offset the energy used in a typical house over one year."

Highland Cow!

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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).

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I am so excited about the new Disney animated film, Brave, coming out this summer.

If you watch the trailer

you'll see what the Caledonian forest should and will once again look like! It stars Billy Connolly and Emma Thompson as the king and queen's voices

and will have its premiere showing at the closing night of this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival!

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).

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Planting of the Millionth Tree - and 5045 of Gerry's are among them!

"Sunday, 20th May, 2012 is the planting day for the Millionth Tree. There will be an exciting programme of events for the day…currently under development … so watch this space! We are very honoured to have Scottish wildlife camera-man and film maker, Gordon Buchanan, performing the planting. Gordon has an impressive catalogue of credits to his name including BBC television specials such as Big Cat Diary and Springwatch."(Trees for Life)

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).

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On May 16, names from among those who have donated to either Gerard's Grove, the Phantom Phorest

or the Robert Burns grove between midnight March 14 and midnight May 15, 2012 will be drawn for the following prizes:

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There are still two weeks left to participate.

Thank-you for helping to bring back the trees!

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).

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Good news! We have reached

5059 trees!

Can we make it to 5100?

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).

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One more week to go!

Besides honoring Gerry, our main purpose in running this "Un-raffle" is to help re-forest the Earth.

As you can see from this map, the Earth's forests have been greatly impacted by our activities over the past few centuries. Now is the time to bring the trees back!

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“Much of the Earth was once covered by trees, but the majority of these were cleared long ago to make way for an ever expanding human population. This is particularly true in regions with a temperate climate such as Britain and other parts of Europe where agriculture took an early hold of the landscape. Interestingly, the World Wide Forest Report found that when the Roman Empire was in control of Europe 90% of the continent was forested, and sadly Western Europe has now lost over 99% of its primary forest. It is only in relatively recent times that the tropical forests have come under severe attack. On a global scale there was twice as much tropical forest at the turn of the 20th century as there is today, and only around 700 million of the original 1.5 billion hectares remain. “ (from global-greenhouse-warming.com)

Thank-you.

We have now donated

5059 trees

to help re-forest the Great Caledonian Forest of the Scottish Highlands!

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).

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