Centenary Tree Project


As part of the 2018 Diocesan Centenary, the DEG organised The Centenary Tree Project, in which it was proposed that a tree would be planted to commemorate the Centenary in every churchyard and in the grounds of each Church of England School. We are very grateful to the Woodland Trust, which has kindly donated enough trees for us to plant one in every churchyard and Church of England School. Please do promote and support the work of the Woodland Trust (see their website). If you do donate to them in response to their generous support, please do refer to the 2018 Diocese of Coventry Centenary Tree Project.

We were given 70 each of Silver Birch, Wild Cherry and Rowan and about 25 each of Downy Birch, Goat Willow (otherwise known as the Pussy Willow), Crab Apple and Hawthorn and 15 Holly. These have now been selected by 68 churches and the remainder went to our 76 Diocesan Church of England schools and their 6 associated schools.


Details are posted here in the Documents section of the List B application process for placing a tree and a commemorative plaque in your churchyard. Incumbents and churchwardens received details and an application form from the DAC, including how to make a List B Application (https://facultyonline.churchofengland.org/home). The project is now closed, but several churches have not completed all the paperwork to date (9th May 2019)


The process of placing a plaque by the tree was made much more straightforward than usual; please see the Chancellor's statement in the Documents section. The wording and the design of the plaques was standard across the Diocese. We provided plaques free;  we are very grateful for donations which have already been received from parishes or individuals for this great project and to parishes which have sponsored their own or local church schools for the cost of a plaque. The plaques cost £45 each. If your parish has not done this, we still do invite you to consider doing so. Please mark any cheque made out to the Diocesan Board of Finance 'For the Centenary Tree Project'.

HELPING THE TREES TO GROW - a message from the Woodland Trust

Weeds have started to appear around my new trees, what should I do?

Weeding in the first couple of years after planting will reduce competition for ground water and nutrients. Pull up any grass or weeds inside and around your spirals (if you have them). We can't over-estimate the value of this, and the significant difference it will make to tree establishment and survival.

What are the alternatives to chemical-based weed killers?

You can use a mulch made from bark, straw or hay to suppress weeds. We recommend you use plenty to prevent it from being blown away or dispersed. Alternatively, mulch mats are available from any garden centre, which can be pegged into the ground to keep them in place.

When do I remove the tree protection?

New trees will not have anchored themselves into the ground properly, so check your trees are still upright and your spirals and canes are pushed firmly into the soil. Remove the spirals once they have started to split and the tree has grown to over three metres in height or is too wide.  If the spirals are still in good condition they can be  used again.

Can I buy more tree protection if needed?

We do have a selection of tree protection products available should you need them in our shop.

What if I'm not on site to check the trees regularly?

Make sure your caretakers and congregations know about your trees and keep ball games away from them. Visit our planting and tree care section on Tree Tools for Schools for more aftercare advice.

I'm worried my trees may have contracted a disease?

Tree pests and diseases are not uncommon. If you think any of your trees are diseased please email us a picture at communitytrees@woodlandtrust.org.uk.

Your Woodland Trust tree packs have been generously funded by lead partners Sainsbury’s, players of People’s Postcode Lottery, Yorkshire Tea and Defra

Heavenly Father. Thank you for blessing the Diocese of Coventry over the past century. Please protect these trees and bring them to maturity; may they symbolise our hopes for your people for the years ahead, that we may each be faithful to your calling, through Jesus Christ our Lord, AMEN

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