Plant a Tree at Castle Craig

Mark The Start on a New Beginning

Create a lasting memory that will grow and blossom as you do in recovery

We invite you to plant a tree on the grounds of Castle Craig as a lasting and beautiful token of your life-changing time spent here. Your name, graduation year, preferred tree and location will be recorded in a commemorative album, along with a message of your choice if desired. The cost is £100.

Planting a tree is a special way to create a lasting memory that will grow and blossom as you do in your recovery. It creates a lasting tribute that can be visited and enjoyed by yourself and future generations of patients and family members at Castle Craig. Your dedicated tree will also benefit the local environment and wildlife at Castle Craig.

For more information on planting a commemorative tree at Castle Craig, please contact Lucy Haden.

Caring for your Tree

We choose semi-mature trees that are beyond the sapling stage, this gives them a good chance of survival. The site is chosen and prepared, and the tree is planted by our groundsmen in conjunction with a landscape gardener. We then protect the trees from animals, such as rabbits, that would eat the bark with a mesh barrier until it is well-established.

We cannot fix a plaque into the tree as this would damage it, however, we record your details in a commemorative album, held at Castle Craig.

For more information on planting a commemorative tree at Castle Craig, please contact Lucy Douglas.

Choose from the following trees, all native to Britain:

Silver Birch (Betula Pendula)

The silver birch is a deciduous tree that can reach 30m in height.

It is a striking, medium-sized tree native throughout the UK and Europe. In early Celtic mythology, the birch symbolized renewal and purification. Bundles of birch twigs were used to drive out the spirits of the old year and to ‘purify’ their gardens. It is also used as a symbol of love and fertility.

Rowan / Mountain Ash (Sorbus)

The rowan tree grows to a height of 15m and can live for up to 200 years.

The old Celtic name of the rowan tree is ‘fid na ndruad’, which means wizards’ tree. Cutting down a rowan was considered unlucky in Scotland. In Ireland, it was planted near houses to protect them against spirits, and in Wales rowan trees were planted in churchyards.

Oak (Quercus Robur)

The oak is a large deciduous tree up to 20-40m tall.

Native to the UK, the English oak is the best-known and loved of British native trees. It is the national tree of England and the most common tree species in the UK, especially in southern and central British deciduous woods. The oak is a symbol of strength and survival and has played an important role in British culture and tradition for centuries. The oak was sacred to many ancient mythical gods including Jupiter (Roman), Zeus (Greek), and Dagda (Celtic).

Flowering Cherry (Prunus Avium)

The cherry blossom is one of the most attractive trees, flowering in spring every year. Mature cherry blossom trees can grow to 30m and live for up to 60 years. Often depicted in Japanese art, the cherry blossom holds a special significance in Japan where it represents the fragility, transience, and beauty of life. When the cherry blossom trees bloom for a short time each spring they are a visual reminder of how precious and precarious life is.

Scots Pine (Pinus Sylvestris)

The Scots pine is the national tree of Scotland. Scots pine is the only truly native pine in the UK and mature trees grow to 35m and can live for up to 700 years.

The Scots pine is steeped in Scotland’s culture and heritage and features in many of the poems and songs of Robert Burns. Scots pine covers 130,000 hectares of the country and numbers 250 million individual trees.

Grand Fir (Abies Grandis)

This fast-growing fir can grow up to between 40-70meters in height. It is the only tree on this list that is not native to Britain – it is Native to North America.

Yew (Taxus Baccata)

Yew trees can reach 400 to 600 years of age and can grow up to 20m. Yew trees are often found in churchyards and can be found at the old Castle Craig graveyard.

They are traditional symbols of immortality. The oldest yew tree, found in Fortingall yew in Glen Lyon, Scotland, has been estimated to be around 2,000 – 9,000 years old. For the Druids and Celts, the yew tree came to symbolize death and resurrection and longevity and regeneration – the drooping branches of old yew trees can re-root and form new trunks where they touch the ground.

In the Medieval ages the strong and supple wood of the yew tree was used to make bows to fight in battle and Robert the Bruce ordered bows to be made from the sacred yews at Ardchattan Priory in Argyll, which was then used during the Scots’ victorious battle at Bannockburn in 1314.