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Weʼre raising £5,000 to adopt a tree at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, in memory of Fergus McInnes.

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Fergus McInnes went missing in Switzerland on 9 September 2014. Nobody knew what had happened to him until his remains were found in March 2018 in a wooded area at the bottom of rocky cliffs near the town of Martigny.

We would like to raise money to adopt a tree in the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, as a memorial to him. He was strongly committed to environmental issues, and particularly interested in trees.

Adopting a tree in his name at the Botanics will give his friends and family a location in which to remember him, and the opportunity to spend time in an environment he had often enjoyed himself.

Tree adoption costs £5,000 for ten years, after which a renewal can be made if desired. Adopting a tree allows the garden to fund a new educational panel, which will be placed next to the tree and bear a dedication to Fergus. More information can be found here: http://celebratelife.rbge.org.uk/tree-adoptions.

We would like to raise £5,000 for a ten year adoption in the first instance. In the future, we would hope to extend the adoption for a further period.

Having a memorial tree for Fergus seems to us a fitting way to remember him in his home city of Edinburgh, where friends and family can visit for free whenever they want to. A map will be provided showing the location of the tree and we will make this available to anyone who'd like to have a copy.

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  • Lorna McInnes20 days ago
    Lorna McInnes

    Lorna McInnes

    20 days ago

    Just Giving have alerted me to the fact that Fergus's fund has reached nearly 75% of the total we're aiming for, which reminds me to thank the many people who've given so generously since my last update. We're most grateful for the all the donations, whether made by named individuals or given anonymously. The Royal Botanic Garden is currently working on producing the dedication panel that will sit alongside the Caucasian wingnut we've adopted in memory of Fergus. When the panel's in place in the garden I'll post another update with details.

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  • Lorna McInnes2 months ago
    Lorna McInnes

    Lorna McInnes

    2 months ago

    Another big thank you to everyone who's donated to Fergus's fund. As of today we're over halfway towards our goal of £5,000, which is magnificent. I'm delighted to report that we've now had confirmation from the Botanic garden that the Caucasian wingnut mentioned in my last update has been reserved as a memorial to Fergus. The tree is located just off a path near the East Gate and, as shown at the bottom right of the photo below, has several handy bench seats near it. Maps will be made available at a later date to anyone who'd like one.

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  • Lorna McInnes2 months ago
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    2 months ago

    Many thanks again to everyone who has supported Fergus's tree fund so far. Your generous donations and kind comments are greatly appreciated. We've now chosen a specific tree to adopt: a Caucasian wingnut (Pterocarya fraxinifolia), native to Persia and introduced to Britain in the 1800s. The tree is large and impressive, with lush green foliage and intriguing knobbly bark. At this time of year, strikingly long dangling catkins decorate its branches. Once adoption has been confirmed by the Botanic Garden, we'll update you with more details.

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Page last updated on: 8/15/2018 8:07 PM

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  • David Sterratt

    David Sterratt

    Aug 15, 2018

    I have fond memories of planting strawberries with Fergus in the then roof garden of the Informatics Forum. A tree is a lovely way to remember him.

    £30.00

  • Alastair Hogg

    Alastair Hogg

    Aug 9, 2018

    Dear LornaI was so sad to hear the news of Fergus. I have such happy memories of meeting you all at Granton in the 1970s and have been thinking over these times recently. Best wishes to allAli

    £200.00

  • Kim Tebble

    Kim Tebble

    Aug 2, 2018

    Hello Lorna, this is Kim - Fergus's neighbour. I only heard about this recently, thanks for organising it. It is a great idea. Please, do keep in touch by email as I don't do Facebook. Best to you all

    £100.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Aug 1, 2018

    £5.00

  • Rob Phillips

    Rob Phillips

    Jul 30, 2018

    Happy memories of Fergus and our best wishes for the family

    £20.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jul 27, 2018

    That's a great picture from 1973. What a good way to pay tribute to your brother.

    £50.00

  • Teresa

    Teresa

    Jul 27, 2018

    Wonderful idea: Fergus enjoyed the countryside, and often talked of what his mother had taught him about trees and plants. Rose bay bubble weed, my friend.

    £20.00

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