It’s not just Christian communities being planted in Durham as the Right Revd Bishop of Durham, Paul Butler, planted a tree outside of Cuthbert House this month.

The tree was planted as part of the Queen’s ‘Green Canopy Initiative’, which is encouraging people to plant a tree in preparation for Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee next year.

Bishops in every diocese have received either a native hazel or a hornbeam, an outward symbol of the Church of England’s commitment to speak out and act on climate change.

Bishop Paul has planted his tree outside of Cuthbert House, Durham.

Bishop Paul said: “It’s a privilege to be gifted this tree and, in planting it, represent Durham Diocese’s role in challenging climate change. I hope that schools, churches, communities and individuals will all get busy planting for the Queen’s Green Canopy.

“My hope is that my tree will be a reminder of the commitment of the Church, as we approach a carbon net-zero status by 2030.”

The trees were provided by Forestry England.

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