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Ash tree Sculpture

Permission granted! Thank you for your support!

During May 2023, many trees infected with ash dieback disease had to be removed from the churchyard. We are greatly saddened by this, and have managed to retain the trunk of one of the larger trees, near to the path from the car park, for a tree sculpture. This could be an attractive feature in the churchyard, and also enable the trunk to continue to be a benefit to wildlife.

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The Diocese was initially hesitant to grant permission and asked for an indication of public support for the project.

Within a couple of weeks, we were able to supply a list of 150 names of supporters - many of whom had family graves in the churchyard. This was a wonderful show of support from the community, for which we are most grateful.


We asked Island tree sculptor Paul Sivell to design a sculpture that would be in keeping with the setting, and our mission of promoting wildlife in the churchyard.

We think his design is wonderful, and asked permission from the Diocese to proceed with the project.

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Paul Sivell's Design

As a result we have now been granted a faculty for the sculpture to be created! Paul is aiming to start work in October 2023. 

If you are interested in helping to fund this project, you can do so here.

Many thanks for all the help with this!

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