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Centenary Trees
17/01/19
Blessing the tree at St Peter's Dunchurch

As part of last year’s centenary celebrations, the Diocesan Environment Group (DEG) organised the Centenary Tree Project. The project aimed to plant a tree in every churchyard and in the grounds of every Church of England School in the diocese to commemorate the centenary.

The Woodland Trust kindly donated over 300 sapling trees to be used for the project. The trust gave 70 each of Silver Birch, Wild Cherry and Rowan and about 25 each of Downy Birch, Goat Willow and Hawthorn as well as 15 Holly trees. Each church or church school has a plaque to go with it, provided by the DEG at a cost of £45 each. Some churches or individuals have contributed towards the cost of these which has been very helpful.

Trees have now been distributed to over 70 parishes and to each school and these have been planted or have been potted up, awaiting warmer weather in the spring. St Peter’s Dunchurch held a blessing service for their tree on Sunday 13th January led by their vicar, the Revd Pat Townshend and witnessed by the congregation. The tree at St John’s Church in Kenilworth has also been planted and blessed.

Planting the centenary tree at St John's Kenilworth

There are still some trees available if your church or school has not got one or if they would like another one. Please contact Godfrey Armitage at godfrey.armitage@covcofe.org for more information. This offer closes by the 28th January, after which all remaining trees will go to one of our schools which has said they are happy to receive those left over.

These trees are a sign of our commitment to God’s beautiful earth and of our hope for the future.

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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