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WORK ON TREES AT SWALECLIFFE RECTORY

 

We at St John's Church, Swalecliffe, have been asked to issue the following statement from the Diocese of Canterbury concerning the removal of trees from the garden at Swalecliffe Rectory. This work was not something we at St John's Swalecliffe were aware would take place. We are referring any questions on this direct to the Diocese who are carrying out this work.

 

 

STATEMENT FROM ARCHDEACON STEPHEN TAYLOR – ACTING DIOCESAN SECRETARY – DIOCESE OF CANTERBURY

 

14th November 2021

 

"Contrary to speculation the land at Swalecliffe Rectory gardens has not been sold nor is the land being cleared for development.

 

The work is purely to make the trees safe as they have been identified as posing a risk to surrounding buildings.

 

The work has already been delayed to avoid nesting season and cannot be delayed any further.

 

We sincerely apologise for the lack of clear communication around these works and any alarm caused.

 

Work is scheduled to resume tomorrow (Monday 15 November) and is expected to last three days. We understand the loss and impact that felling these trees creates but we must ensure the safety of all residents.

 

Our church land is precious and we work hard to make sure it provides habitats for all of God’s creatures. As a diocese we have planted more than 800 trees this year and continue to work with local charities and organisations to make our land as safe and green possible for everyone to enjoy."