BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 24 February '17

London churches take on a tree-planting programme to help green the capital

Churches across London can make their neighbourhood a greener, more bee-friendly place as part of a new project supported by the Mayor of London.

For all faiths

The Conservation Foundation’s Trees for Sacred Spaces project is helping churches in the London, Southwark, Chelmsford and Rochester dioceses to plant trees that support bees and other pollinators as part of the Mayor’s ambition to make London ‘one of the greenest cities in the world’.

The tree plantings will also offer an opportunity for churches to organise events and ceremonies that involve members of other faiths in their parishes to celebrate and help to enhance the environments that people of all faiths and no faith share.

‘A fifth of the capital is already covered by trees but some parts of London are short of greenery. Churches can play an important role in helping to make these areas look and feel better by planting one of the trees. All the trees available will be bee-friendly and therefore as well as benefiting London’s landscape and atmosphere they will also be supporting the capital’s pollinators.’

DAVID SHREEVE
Director of The Conservation Foundation

Love thy neighbour…

There are over 600 churchyards or areas of church land within Greater London. While not all churches have suitable spaces, those with no space to plant a tree will be encouraged to donate one to a school or community garden within their parish, helping to increase London’s tree canopy cover and allow bees and other wildlife to thrive in London.

Bishop Chartres played a pivotal role in developing The Conservation Foundation’s Yews for the Millennium project which planted over 8000 yew trees, many in churchyards, throughout the country to celebrate the year 2000.

‘In our global city, in this interconnected world, practising love of our neighbours means looking after the natural environment that we share. Parishes across London’s dioceses have made strides in encouraging biodiversity in our churchyards through Churchyards for London. It gives me great pleasure that one of the final projects I will launch as Bishop of London will offer our churches the opportunity to plant more trees in their areas, contributing to local air quality as well providing places of peace and beauty for generations to come.’

RT REVD RICHARD CHARTRES
Bishop of London

The trees will be available between March and June 2017.

Click here to find out more about the programme and how to get involved.