GARDEN 1 - Dr. JOHN McCrae TREE SEAT  GARDEN 1 - Dr. JOHN McCrae TREE SEAT

Garden 1 - Dr. John McCrae Tree Seat
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Introduction

The Dr John McCrae Tree Seat was established in the Grove during 2005. It was the first carved section from a giant sequoia tree which was donated by Letton Court Farm in Herefordshire. The Tree was originally brought back from America in the 1850's. It also has its own history as in 2007 the high flood waters swept it away down the River Tame and into the Trent where it eventually beached in Burton-upon-Trent on a municiple footpath. Naturally we brought it back to the Grove. However this did cost over £300!

Sponsors

The Breakaway Survival Club under the leadership of Mick Tyler (Ex SAS) and his partner Sam raised substantial funds for the carving of 5 large parts of the Tree and the transportation of them to the Grove. The other Tree carvings are in Garden's 2, 4 and 7. All the seats were carved by Mike Colton using a chainsaw. Annette Colton kindly sanded down the seats before they were installed.

Symbolism

The Dr. John McCrae Tree Seat is our first link back to World War One and the plaque has the emotive poem "In Flanders Fields" on the commemorative plaque installed in 2007. It is situated at the start of the Grove to the left of the entrance pathway called Annette's Memorial Way and is normally hidden behind a sea of Lavender in the Summer months. Golden Heart Ivy has been planted inside the seat in honour of John McCrae.


 DR JOHN McCRAE
Picture courtesy of Wikipedia

Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (November 30, 1872 – January 28, 1918) was a Canadian poet, physician, author, artist and soldier during World War I, and a surgeon during the Second Battle of Ypres, in Belgium. He is best known for writing the famous war memorial poem "In Flanders Fields". McCrae died of pneumonia near the end of the war.


In Flanders Fields was written on the 3rd May 1915 by Canadian Lt. Col. Dr. John MaCrae,
at his dressing station next to the Essex Farm Cemetery on the road from Boezinge to Ypres.


In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead, Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved and now we lie
In Flanders Fields.

Take up your quarrel with the foe;
To you with failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders Fields.

 JOHN McCRAE TREE SEAT LOCATION 2013

John McCrae tree seat hidden behind lavender 6th October 2013 at the start of the Grove

Planting

As you approach the seat a sea of Lavender greets you with the purfume, flowers and the enjoyment of many different bees harvesting the pollen. Lots of tulips, daffodils, crocus, snowdrops, grape hyacinthe, bluebells, poppies and many others are planted all around the seat. A blue pine tree flanks the seat on the left and a Maple to the right.

 GARDEN 1 - Dr. JOHN McCrae TREE SEAT 2nd January 2017  GARDEN 1 - Dr. JOHN McCrae TREE SEAT 2nd January 2017

The John McCrae tree seat on the 2nd January 2017


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