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- Plant a Tree for the Jubilee!
The global Covid-19 pandemic has been a challenging time
which has generated a much greater public awareness of the need for green
space. Many of our churches are surrounded by churchyards or gardens, which –
added together – span a green area as large as a national park.
Does your churchyard or church garden have room for a new
tree? Launching at the Chelsea Flower Show, a unique tree planting campaign
across the United Kingdom will mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022. Across
the United Kingdom, people will be encouraged to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee”
through The Queen’s Green Canopy initiative. Best of all – 3 million saplings
will be made available for free to charities, schools, scout groups, community
groups and landowners. More information will be available after 17th
May 2021: https://queensgreencanopy.org/.
Throughout Her reign, The Queen has planted more than 1,500
trees all over the world and has spoken alongside Sir David Attenborough of the
importance of trees in Earth’s future. The Platinum Jubilee will offer an
opportunity for people to unite in celebration of The Queen’s lifetime of
service. Everyone is encouraged to take part in creating this special gift to
Her Majesty by planting, and celebrating, trees at home, and within their
community. The campaign will encourage the planting of healthy native trees
that will thrive in their environments.
Can you perhaps team up with your local school or parish
council, to plant one or more trees at your church? This could be a great
opportunity for community engagement and mission.
However, please note that under the Faculty Jurisdiction
Rules the planting of a tree(s) in a churchyard requires the approval of the
relevant Archdeacon. Approval is obtained by submitting an application via the
Church of England’s online faculty system (OFS).
The parish should:
1. Nominate someone, preferably a PCC officer or
member, to use the OFS on behalf of each church by registering as an Applicant:
2. The nominated person should submit a List B application,
selecting item B7(1) and providing full details of the planting proposal –
species, numbers, locations – and photos of the churchyard.
3. The parish must have regard to the guidance issued
by the Church Buildings Council as to the planting of trees in churchyards: https://dioceseofyork.org.uk/uploads/attachment/3130/trees-pcc-guidance.pdf
4. The species chosen for planting should be native
British species, appropriate for churchyard settings not private or municipal
Please let the Diocesan Green Ambassador know if you are
taking part in this initiative, or if you have any further questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.