All Saint’s Necton plant a tree for The Queen

Published on: 24 May 2022

On a perfect sunny morning in January, with blue skies above, we gathered in the churchyard after a United Benefice Service.

The occasion? To plant a tree as part of The Queen’s Green Canopy project for Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee. Our Rector, The Revd Stephen Thorp, said a few opening words and a prayer before taking hold of the spade and “planting” the tree (a fagus sylvatica dawyck, a beech with an upright rather than outwards canopy). Once planted, he inserted an official commemorative plaque, which reads, “The Queen’s Green Canopy – The Platinum Jubilee 2022”. We sang the National Anthem and raised three hearty cheers for Her Majesty. The tree has since been recorded on the Queen’s Green Canopy map.

Many thanks to all who contributed to the cost of the tree, and those who helped plant it. The heavy work of digging the hole and securing a support stake was done the day before, in appalling weather! Further thanks to the villager with extensive knowledge of trees who advised us on the purchase and planting.

After the demise of our lovely cherry trees in March last year (which had to be felled as they had died), it was great to plant something new, especially as part of this wonderful project which encourages people to plant trees as part of caring for and sustaining the environment.

Would you like to take part?

Discuss / agree at PCC. Inform the congregation and request donations for the tree. Seek advice about which tree might best suit your chosen location. Choose a plaque from the official website. Arrange a ‘planting ceremony’ and invite members of your community. Ensure you take photos! Remember, the tree planting season is from October to March, so plenty of time to organise yours! Visit:

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