Church of England Diocese of St.Albans Henlow

Storm Dennis fells ancient tree in Henlow Churchyard - UPDATE

20 Feb 2020, 12:15 p.m.
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14th March 2020 - what a turnout!  Thank you all so very much.  The tree was 'dealt with' by local company Branching Out who gave their time and equipment completely free of charge.  Ably assisted by an army of volunteers from the Henlow community who arrived with wheelbarrows, gloves, and an abundance of energy and enthusiasm.  Tea and Bacon rolls kept everyone going, and soon the job was done.  A huge thank you to everyone that helped! 

8th March 2020 - Fallen Tree removal - We are pleased to confirm that the fallen tree in the churchyard will be removed on 14th March, from 09:30. We need volunteers to help move logs and branches, and also to provide refreshments. If you can help, please come along anytime in the morning. Refreshments will be served free of charge to all volunteers.  There will be logs available to take away.

1st March 2020 - Fallen Tree - We would like to say a huge Thank You to local company Branching Out for offering their time free of charge to remove the fallen lime tree. This generous donation will enable us to make the churchyard a safe and peaceful place once again. We are now working with the relevant people to arrange a date to do the works and will need a team of fit and willing volunteers to help with the lifting and shifting of logs and branches. If you can help, please contact Lucie on 07917 204057 or email [email protected]

23rd February 2020 - All visitors to St Mary's Churchyard are advised to exercise caution due to a large lime tree that was brought down in Storm Dennis.  The tree is understood to be at least 350 years old.  Thankfully no one was hurt in the incident and damage to gravestones was minimal.  One other tree was slightly damaged by the fall of the lime and will require attention.  The matter of making the area safe and removing the tree is the responsibility of St Mary's P.C.C., and costs are estimated to be significant.

Due to the sensitive location of the fallen tree, it will have to be dismantled by hand as there is no access for heavy machinery and the cost of the work is estimated to be in the region of £3,000.  St Mary's church appeals to anyone who is able to contribute towards the cost of the remedial work.  

If you can help with a donation, there are several ways we can accept funds:

1. Cheques to Henlow PCC and sent to 80 High St, Henlow, SG16 6AB or to the church during Gift Day (10am - 3pm, Sat 29th Feb 2020).

2. Cash donations can be delivered to 80 High Street Henlow (full address above or to the church during Gift Day (10am - 3pm, Sat 29th Feb 2020).

3. One off or regular bank donations - please email [email protected] for our bank details.

All donation are very gratefully received and will help us to restore the churchyard to a safe and peaceful place for all.  Thank you.