The Tuscan Grove Project – Your own slice of Tuscany

Have your own slice of Tuscany by sponsoring a tree (or trees)

We have created a fabulous opportunity for you to have your very own slice of Toscana. Have you dreamed of having your little place under the Tuscan sun? Love the romance of the Tuscan lifestyle. Fallen in love with, as we have, the food, the culture, the people, the very essence of life in Tuscany?

Then you will love what we have created at The Tuscan Grove.

We have a beautiful little olive grove here at Barcarelli with about 100 trees that guests may amble through and take in the ambience of the olive trees. However, this has not been a working olive grove for some time, more like a garden to walk through and enjoy.

One day a couple of the old workers came up to say hello. Told me they all used to work on the grove and a neighbour’s and were curious to see who had now bought the villa. Of course, this lead to a fair amount of wine and laughter with whom instantly became old friends (the Tuscan Way).

So, after asking them how 100 trees produced anywhere near the work to employ them …. They took me down to see the other 450 trees I knew nothing about! I asked them what they were doing now, and it turned out they, like many of the people in the area, have been replaced by machines. Sadly. Machines also affect the quality of the oil, which I knew already so this had me thinking instantly.

The grove is on 20 acres which is not actually part of the Villa grounds (still part of the larger estate), so it wouldn’t affect guests in the villa except to give them another place to take a wander down, read a book, drink a glass of wine or just revitalise the spirit.

How could I turn this beautiful olive grove into a working olive grove and give these people their lives back, while at the same time producing only the finest hand picked organic olive oil in Tuscany. The simple answer was – Tree sponsorship. Allowing others to share in my dream and giving them their own slice of Tuscany. Each tree sponsor would receive organic olive oil every year and can visit their tree whenever they wanted.

So we created a tree sponsorship program that everybody who loves Tuscany would love to be a part of. 

The Tuscan Grove Tree Sponsorship

How you can have your own slice of Tuscany and what you receive as a Tree Sponsor.
We have two main sponsorship packages available for Tree Huggers & Tree Fanatics (the name of the packages)
and a couple of packages for larger/corporate sponsors or for those who would like to visit as a group.

All Sponsors Receive a “Sponsors Pack” Including:

Listing in Sponsor Directory
Printed Certificate of Tree Sponsorship
Regular updates
on your tree including photos.
Access to Online Grove Cooking Courses.
A copy of “The Tuscan Kiwi” printed magazine – with a roundup of Toscana for the year including wines, recipes, trips, photos and more.
A special something every year from us and your tree(s) to you.

” You are welcome to visit your tree anytime and we would LOVE to see you. If you are staying at Villa Barcarelli, or nearby in another property, we and your tree(s) will welcome you at the grove.” – Simon Fraser, owner of Villa Barcarelli (the Tuscan Kiwi)

TREE HUGGER (1 Tree)

Along with the Sponsors Pack Above:

1 Litre of organic olive oil per year delivered to you with your own personalised label in a display bottle and case (use yourself or as a gift) for the first 5 years of the tree’s production.

Plaque in front of your tree.

A bottle of prosecco on your first visit to us to have beside your tree.

A sponsorship-matching £175 discount for any holiday here at Villa Barcarelli (min 4 night stay)

A Tree Hugger Sponsorhip is a one-off payment of £175

TREE FANATIC (6 Trees)

Along with the Sponsors Pack Above:

A week-long Luxury Holiday for two here at Villa Barcarelli as a BIG THANK YOU for helping us restore this olive grove (see details below) – Use anytime in next 4 years or give as a gift to a loved one.

5L of organic olive oil per year in 5 x 1 litre bottles (instead of the 500ml) with your own personalised label  (use yourself or as a gift) for the first 5 years of the tree’s production.

Plaques around the area of your 6 trees

A picnic hamper for two for your first visit to us to have beside your tree.

A Tree Fanatic Sponsorhip is a one-off payment of £875

A Free Luxury Week for Two for all Tree Fanatic Sponsors

We would like you to have the below as a gift, our way of saying thank you for helping.

  • A luxurious week for two at Villa Barcarelli to use anytime in next 4 years to 2022 (subject to availability)
  • An alfresco meal with us based on the olive oil coming direct from the trees.
  • A chance to pick some of the olives from your own trees or watch them being done (if you visit during harvesting)
  • Have an olive oil tasting with lunch in the olive grove amongst your trees
  • See the whole process including pressing on an Olive Grove tour (if you visit during harvesting).
  • A gift pack if giving to another person or family member.

A Tree Fanatic Sponsorhip is a one-off payment of £875

Larger Sponsors, Groups and Corporate Sponsorship

The below packages are of limited number. So please email us if you would like to become a Grove Lover or Grove Saviour sponsor of Trees. For corporate sponsors we offer a slightly different package to allow you to give multiple two person holidays at Villa Barcarelli as incentives or rewards. Both of the below come with Full page listing in our gratitude directory including links to any social media or website (ie personal blog or business)Email us about becoming a Grove Lover or Grove Saviour on sponsors@thetuscangrove.com

Grove Lover (33 Trees) – Currently £5550

The Grove Lover package is an extension to the Tree Fanatic package.

  • A week at Villa Barcarelli for up to 12 people (use anytime in next 4 years to 2022 subject to availability)
  • 10L of organic olive oil per year in 10 x 1L bottles with your own personalised label (use yourself or as a gift) for the first 5 years of the tree’s production.
  • Plaques showing the area of your 33 trees
  • An alfresco 3 course lunch for your entire group amongst YOUR olive trees featuring local delicacies and traditional Tuscan dishes.
  • Wine tasting at the villa by our very own sommelier of wines from local vineyards
  • A chance to pick some of the olives from your own trees (or watch them being done if you prefer)
  • Have an olive oil tasting with lunch in the olive grove amongst your trees
  • See the whole process including pressing on an Olive Grove tour.

Creating something special

As a Grove Lover or Grove Saviour Tuscan Grove tree sponsor, not only are you helping to create many jobs for local people, you are also creating an area of amazing of beauty and rest and helping us not only now, but long into the future with being a big part of helping us restore this grove.

As a Grove Lover/Grove Saviour, you have a week or two for up to 12 people at Villa Barcarelli so you can all sit amongst your own trees for lunch, drinking glasses of wine or Prosecco, read a book or just take some sun. We will place a table in amongst your trees for the duration of your stay, so you may use it anytime. Of course, you may also come and visit even if not staying at the villa. Just to sit amongst your part of the olive grove.

Grove Saviour (65 Trees) – Currently £10500

The grove saviour package is an extension to the Tree Fanatic package.

  • A two week holiday at Villa Barcarelli for up to 12 people (use anytime in next 4 years to 2022 subject to availability)
  • 15L of organic olive oil per year in 15 x 1L bottles with your own personalised label (use yourself or as a gift) for the first 5 years of the tree’s production.
  • Plaques showing the area of your 65 trees
  • Helicopter tour of San Gimignano & Volterra area (for 6 people)
  • An alfresco 3 course lunch for your entire group amongst YOUR olive trees featuring local delicacies and traditional Tuscan dishes.
  • Wine tasting at the villa by our very own sommelier of wines from local vineyards
  • A Prosecco aperitivo evening in the grove
  • Cooking course with prosecco (or wine) in the grove
  • A chance to pick some of the olives from your own trees (or watch them being done if you prefer)
  • Have an olive oil tasting with lunch in the olive grove amongst your trees
  • See the whole process including pressing on an Olive Grove tour.
Thank you for taking the time to consider become a tree sponsor with The Tuscan Grove project.

If you have any questions about becoming a Tree Sponsor, please contact us below.

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