St Paul's churchyard in Deptford, London. Photo Marathon
London churches can help to green the capital, improve our air quality, and support people, bees and other wildlife by working with their community to help plant trees. You can plant free trees in your churchyard or donate them to a school, community group or other faith organisation.
The free trees will be available between late October and late November 2017 as part of The Conservation Foundation's Trees for Sacred Spaces project, supported by the Church of England and Mayor of London.
If your church is in a London borough, and in the diocese of Southwark, London, Chelmsford or Rochester, scroll down to find out how to take part.
The trees provide a range of ecosystem benefits, in particular the conservation of pollinator services. Your planting will also contribute to the Mayor's London Plan, which recognises that increasing tree cover provides much broader benefits, including improving health and well-being. If your planting will involve your school or local groups you'll also be bringing together people from across your community to focus on helping to improve the environment for all.
You'll also be demonstrating your commitment to the Fifth Mark of Mission, to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth, and can help express through your action our love for God, for our neighbours, now and in the future.
To take part in the project and receive free bee-friendly trees, please complete our short registration form.
Before registering, please make sure you have an appropriate planting site. Guidance to help you find a suitable site is available to download here and you can read more about the 12 tree species here.
If you would like to register your interest, please contact us.