‘Every good tree bringeth forth good fruit’
It is hoped that more than 600 beefriendly trees will be planted in churchyards across London as part of the Conservation Foundation’s new trees for Sacred Spaces project. ‘One fifth of the capital is already covered by trees,’ says David Shreeve, the foundation’s director, ‘but some parts are short of greenery. Churches can play an important role in helping to make these areas look and feel better.’
twelve species of trees, specially chosen by the London tree Officers Association, will be available this autumn to any church that registers to receive one. Among the species are hawthorn, wild and bird cherry and Italian cypress. the trees are available to churches within the dioceses of London, Southwark, Chelmsford and Rochester. Churches without space to plant a tree will be encouraged to donate one to a school or community garden.
the trees for Sacred Spaces project should complement the Mayor of London’s plans for more than 40,000 new trees to be planted in London by the end of the year.