The Communion Forest – To plant is to hope; to restore is to heal; to protect is to love.
The Communion Forest is an exciting new initiative of the Anglican Communion, which has the potential to become one of the most diverse and geographically widespread environmental projects in the world.
The initiative comprises local activities of tree growing, forest protection, and ecosystem conservation and restoration undertaken by parishes, dioceses and provinces across the Anglican Communion. It was launched during the Lambeth Conference last August, as one of the legacies of the Conference and a shared expression of the Communion’s commitment to the Anglican Fifth Mark of Mission: Strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.
The Communion Forest is a practical, spiritual and symbolic response to the environmental crisis, and an act of Christian hope for the well-being of humanity and all God’s creation. The aim of the Communion Forest initiative is to significantly increase Anglican tree growing and ecosystem conservation and restoration around the world. The activities will be determined locally, so that they are geographically and environmentally appropriate. The vision is also for the initiative to be woven into the spiritual and liturgical life of churches, to deepen care for creation within the Church and its members.