On 18th December 2021, 24 saplings, rowan, silver birch and wild cherry, were planted in St. John’s churchyard by 24 representatives of the Merrow churches and community groups. It was a cool, overcast day, but mercifully dry, and we later brushed the earth off our hands and tucked into tea and cakes.
We were planting trees to honour the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. To celebrate her seventy years of service to the nation, she asked that a “Green Canopy” be planted across her realm. The Woodland Trust gave away three million free trees for community groups to plant and on that Saturday here we were, doing our bit.
In time, these saplings will grow to provide shelter for wildlife, insects and birds, provide shade, peace and calm to visitors and even help the world’s carbon balance.