Trees in Churchyards
Apart from the inclusion of certain tree-related matters in Lists A and B in Schedule 1 to the Faculty Jurisdiction Rules 2015, two further changes should be noted.
First, the duty to give guidance in relation to trees now lies with the Church Buildings Council ("CBC") and not with Chancellors. It is to this CBC Guidance that reference is made in the specified conditions to A8 of List A and to B6 in List B.
Second, given that most works to trees will now be covered by the two Lists, there will no longer be a tree-specific form for a Faculty petition relating to works to trees, and the standard Forms 3A (or 3B) should be used in those cases where a Faculty is still required.
Although the duty to give guidance in relation to trees now lies with the CBC, the guidance notes formerly produced by the Chancellor are attached for further information: