Bee part of helping your church make London a greener, healthier, more bee-friendly place by working with your community to plant a tree

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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 660 free trees - enough for every church in London to plant or donate. 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.

Some churches may not have church land suitable for planting a tree. If so, you can still take part in the project by donating your tree or trees to a school, community group or park in your area. It's a great way to reach the wider community, and show how your church is aware of its environmental responsibilities and working in the neighbourhood. You could organise a planting ceremony with the community to highlight your tree donation and help people to understand what you do.

Download an introduction to choosing a planting site
There are 12 different species available: hawthorn, bird cherry, wild cherry, whitebeam, crab apple, rowan, lime, tulip tree, Italian cypress, black mulberry, strawberry tree, and yew. All the trees improve our air quality and the health of London’s population and environment, as well as support bees by providing pollen, nectar or resin. You are able to select the species you plant and request any number of trees (availability permitting).

Download available tree species list
You can register to receive your free trees using the form below. The deadline for registering your interest is July 31st 2017. The trees will be available in October and November 2017. There are no charges for the trees, but you will be responsible for their ongoing care.
It is best to plant in the dormant season starting in November, when it will also be National Tree Week and Inter Faith Week.

Register your interest

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.