Simpler regulations

Published on: 24 May 2022

PCC members may be aware of the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative encouraging individuals and organisations to plant trees to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The diocesan chancellor has agreed a diocesan-wide faculty for the planting of a tree to commemorate the jubilee. This can now be carried out without recourse to a List B application on condition that:

  • A single tree is planted;
  • A native species is chosen;
  • Consideration is given to the tree’s mature state (height, span plus root depth and spread). The tree should be planted away from the church building,
    boundary wall and memorials or tombs. It is recommended the tree should be more than 11 metres from the church building and, if poisonous, more than 8 metres from the boundary.
  • The tree is planted before the end of December 2022.
  • In the case of a closed churchyard the local authority is informed of the tree.

PCCs are permitted to erect a freestanding commemorative plaque no larger than A5 following the Queen’s Green Canopy guidance.

A separate List B application will be required if the PCC wishes to plant more than one tree or deviate from the conditions above.

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