The Communion Forest aims to connect, equip and inspire dioceses, parishes and individuals across the world-wide Anglican Communion to plant and grow trees and to conserve, protect and restore ecosystems. Many of the stories we share are about new activities. But what might these new trees and forests look like in ten years’ time?

The answer is, fabulous! Ten years from now, maturing native tress could well be providing a flourishing haven for biodiversity, as Elizabeth Perry, the Programmes Director of the Anglican Alliance, discovered on a recent trip to the Solomon Islands.

Elizabeth was in the Solomon Islands to facilitate new Agents of Change courses. Whilst there, she visited the Anglican Franciscan community at Hautabu, where, ten years ago, Brother Lent SSF, reforested a 1 acre site as a result of doing the course.

In this video, Brother Lent talks about his reforestation project, now a mature forest, which has become home to 600 native trees and many animal species. He also speaks about the great need for reforestation in the wake of the logging that has happened in the Solomon in recent years and about his hopes of setting up a green Anglican movement within the Anglican Church of Melanesia.