Last week, the Bishop of Coventry, the Right Reverend Dr Christopher Cocksworth, planted a Yew Tree at St Andrew’s, Eastern Green. The tree was planted in celebration of St Andrew’s being the first church in the Diocese of Coventry to achieve an Eco Church Bronze Award.
Eco Church is an A Rocha award scheme for churches in England and Wales who want to demonstrate that the gospel is good news for God’s Earth. The Eco Church vision is for all churches to care for creation as an integral part of loving their neighbours and following God faithfully. In order to win a Bronze, Silver or Gold Eco Church award, churches must complete their own online Eco Church Survey about how they are caring for God’s Earth in different areas of their life and work. Eco Church resources are available to give support and advice about how to make the changes needed to achieve an Eco Church Award.
The Yew Tree was presented to the Diocese by Bishop Nick Holtam, the Lead Bishop on the Church of England Environment Working Group, in recognition of the work of the Diocese for the environment in 2015 with the Reconciling a Wounded Planet conference. The cutting is from a Yew Tree that is about 800 years old.
Before the ceremony, Bishop Christopher visited St Andrew’s CofE Infants School and all the children and teachers came out to take part in the ceremony – which took place before the rain started to come down!