Wiltshire

Diamond Jubilee: Warning over Wiltshire tree planting

People who want to plant trees to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee are being warned to think carefully about where they put them.

Church authorities in Wiltshire are warning that young saplings could cause problems in the future.

Alan Jeans, Archdeacon of Sarum, advised anyone considering planting a tree in a churchyard to ask first.

The Woodland Trust wants six million trees planted in the UK for the jubilee.

"Trees put down roots and you've got to be very careful to think about what damage the root systems for new trees possibly might make to headstones or even grave space," Mr Jeans said.

"If you've got a piece of churchyard that the community would like to use for burials for the next 30-50 years, the last thing you want to do is plant a tree in the middle of it because you can't bury a coffin if you've got tree roots."

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