Frank embarks on tree-planting project with churches across the country

17 Jun 2019

Frank Field MP has offered trees provided by the Woodland Trust to over 100 archdeacons and area deans so they can link a local church to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy.

Last year, Frank invited all 650 MPs to plant a tree so that every constituency was incorporated into the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, and over 500 took up the offer. Now, to ensure that the remaining 150 areas are covered by the Canopy, Frank is inviting over 100 archdeacons and area deans to receive trees which can be planted in a churchyard within their area.

The QCC, the only environmental project headed by the Queen, was launched at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in 2015. It presents a unique opportunity to unite the whole Commonwealth family and save one of the world’s most important natural habitats – forests. By linking areas of conservation in the Commonwealth, the QCC will mark Her Majesty The Queen’s service to the Commonwealth while conserving indigenous forests for future generations.

Over 40 Commonwealth countries have now formally committed areas of forest to the QCC. Together, they make up the second largest collection of rainforest trees in the world, beaten only by the Amazon rainforest.
Conserving rainforests, as the QCC and the charity, Cool Earth, which Frank co-founded, is the single biggest change we can make to reducing CO2 emissions. But tree-planting in the UK is also vital. The Committee on Climate Change’s report, Net Zero: the UK’s contribution to stopping global warming, published last month, that the UK increase the number of trees planted from 10,000 hectares per year to 30,000. That would amount to nearly 3 billion more trees planted by 2050.

Frank is hoping that by engaging churches in different areas of the country engaged in tree-planting that other church leaders might be inspired to do the same. The Church of England has already committed to reducing its carbon footprint by 80% by 2050, and now has over 18 ‘eco dioceses’ and more than 850 ‘eco churches’.

Frank commented, ‘Planting trees can be a wonderful way to bring communities together as well as participate in the fight against climate change. I hope the Church of England makes the most of its land resources, in both farmland and churchyards, by planting trees which can help take C02 out of the atmosphere and bring people together in a fight which will affect each and every one of our neighbours, near and far.’

If you would like more information about Cool Earth and the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, please visit www.coolearth.org and https://queenscommonwealthcanopy.org/



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