Root yourself in the history of The Burn

Please help us to create a tranquil garden of remembrance on The Burn estate. We would like to ask for your support to to help us to plant 75 trees at The Burn to mark the 75th anniversary of the death of James Russell. James was a young lieutenant in the British Indian Army, whose death in action during the Italian Campaign of WW2 triggered the gifting of The Burn and its development as a retreat.

Black and white head and neck photograph of James Russell

James Russell

Sponsoring a tree is a wonderful way to remember someone or something special to you and leave something for future generations to enjoy.

As a sponsor you will awarded a certificate of appreciation and your dedication will be recorded in a commemorative record held at The Burn.

There are three levels of sponsorship:

1. £150 will buy an Italian Cyprus to be planted in The Burn garden. As a lieutenant in the British Indian Army James would have commanded 36 soldiers. We would like to reflect this span of command by planting 36 Italian Cyprus trees that will stand tall like soldiers and represent the Italian theatre of war in which he was killed.

2. £200 will buy a Silver Birch to be planted along the banks of The Burn. James was just 21 when he was killed so we plan to plant 21 Silver Birch trees to reflect the youth and potential that was lost.

3. £250 will buy a focal point tree such as an Oak or Cedar. The final 18 trees will be a variety of specimens that will be planted in specific locations to create focal points of interest within The Burn estate.


"A man doesn't plant a tree for himself. He plants it for posterity." Alexander Smith