Revd Canon Nikki Arthy, City Canon at Gloucester Cathedral and her husband Dr Giles Field recently returned to Eswatini in Southern Africa, where they had lived and worked thirty years ago. While there, they planted four mango trees as part of the Communion Forest – to mark important milestones and people in their lives and as a sign of their commitment to creation care.

The full story, below, was written by Mncedisi Masuku, a Green Anglican and Project Officer in the Diocese of Eswatini and can also be found here.

Canon Nikki Arthy and her husband Dr Giles Field recently travelled thousands of kilometres from the UK to the Kingdom of Eswatini in southern Africa. Canon Nikki was on sabbatical from her role as Rector of Gloucester City Centre and City Canon at Gloucester Cathedral. She and Dr Giles lived and worked in Eswatini 30 years ago which is where their commitment to the environment began.

The Diocese of Eswatini hosted Nikki and Giles and took them to visit some of their environment projects. They were delighted to meet Bishop Dalcy Dlamini and tour some of the projects with her, together with her team of Green Anglicans who are the Project Officers. We were pleased to show them the Goats Project, Forestry Project, Piggery Project and the Communion Forest Project.

Whilst in Eswatini, Giles and Nikki responded to the calling to be good stewards of creation by planting trees to offset the carbon emitted in their travel. Nikki’s tree marks her sabbatical and Giles’ tree marks his retirement. Two further trees were planted for their sons, Joshua Sizwe and Dominic Sipho making a total of four mango trees planted as part of the Communion Forest Project in celebration of mother earth.

‘We are so impressed by the energy as Green Anglicans of the Project Officers Mncedisi Masuku and Thuli Encongwane,’ writes Canon Nikki. ‘We thank Bishop Dalcy and her team for their warm welcome back to Eswatini and for continuing to inspire us in our joint commitment to the environment.’

The Diocese of Eswatini will grow and nurture the trees. Meanwhile, Nikki and Giles will encourage their friends and families to support both the Communion Forest Project and the Goats Project by donating a tree and / or a goat when celebrating special days such as birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, weddings or ordinations.  If others would like to donate a tree or a goat, please contact Mncedisi Masuku by email mncedisimasuku@gmail.com

Photo credit: Diocese of Eswatini