Are you part of a faith or community group that cares about the environment? Would you like to spend a weekend planting hedgerows on a beautiful farm? Lifelines connects faith groups from all traditions with farmers, helping to plant a network of hedgerows and wildlife corridors across the country.
Hedgerows are amazing. They unite and connect habitats. They provide homes and food to thousands of species of birds, mammals, and insects, and they create safe corridors for them to move through the country. They store carbon in their deep roots, improve soil quality, and reduce flood risk. They provide birdsong and blossom, and they transform our footpaths. They are a lifeline for the natural world, and for us too.
With UK biodiversity plummeting and global carbon emissions still soaring, it’s time to get our hands in the earth, and start planting!
Our train-the-trainers weekend workshop in November will teach you how to lead a group. You’ll learn both the practical skills of tree planting and volunteer management, and also how to lead your group in a deeper engagement with the natural world.
Then you’ll be paired with another group and a farm in the UK. Together you’ll lead much more than a volunteering weekend. Your group will have an immersive experience of nature connection, learn the principles of spiritual ecology, build relationships across differences, plant thousands of trees, and come away nourished by a deeper knowledge and love for the natural world.
We are currently signing up faith groups from all traditions, community groups, team building work weekends, and groups of friends who would like to participate, for planting season Nov 2023 – March 2024.
TO APPLY: Leaders Expression of interest
Further information: Lifelines info for leaders
Do you have a farm or land you’d like planted with hedgerows or woodland ?
We are now looking for farmers or landowners for the Nov 2023 – March 24 winter season. You’ll need to provide a warm welcome and some lunch; We bring the trees, the people, the equipment, the work, and the love! Get in touch now!
Further information: Lifelines description for farms
Like the project but can’t participate yourself? Become a hedge-funder: Pledge a Hedge!
St Ethelburga’s work sits at the intersection of climate and peace. We believe there can be no peace on Earth unless we also realise peace with Earth.
We offer events, training, leadership programmes and multimedia content which equip and inspire people to become peacemakers in their own contexts. Our project areas include community reconciliation, refugee inclusion, radical resilience, viewpoint diversity, and spiritual ecology.