A SUSTAINABLE CHURCH FLOWERS RESOLUTION


We, the Benefice of.............................................. in the Diocese of ................................................., are committed to the principles of the Sustainable Church Flowers movement, namely:

As floral foam is both a pollutant and a single use, non-compostable plastic,
we will prioritise its complete elimination within our churches and our graveyards, encouraging our floral creators/decorators to use alternative methods and techniques
for the display of creation and the glory of God.

We will use seasonal flowers and foliage grown locally or nationally where possible, being mindful of the liturgical seasons, adjusting church and graveyard decorations according to what is naturally and locally available.

We will be mindful of the environmental impact of our actions
in accordance with the spirit of the

Fifth Mark of Mission of the Church of England:


‘To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation
and sustain and renew the life of the earth.’


A P.C.C. 

RESOLUTION

This Parochial Church Council resolution is an example of one that can be used to ensure that the principles of Sustainable Church Flowers are formally adopted and endorsed by the whole church community.


This one can be used as it stands or as a template that can be adapted to a local situation, whilst remaining faithful to the spirit of the movement.

A DIOCESAN

MOTION FROM 

DEANERY SYNOD


We, the Deanery of.............................................. in the Diocese of ................................................

are embracing the principles of the Sustainable Church Flowers movement which encourages a living into the Fifth Mark of Mission by promoting the use of local, seasonal and fully biodegradable/compostable flowers and foliage without floral foam*. We commend to the Oxford Diocesan Synod that it:

1.) encourages a sustainable approach to church flowers across the diocese, and

2.) moves towards a ban of floral foam in all churches and churchyards across the diocese.


*Floral foam (trade name Oasis) is a micro plastic held together by formaldehyde, carbon black, proprietary acid catalysts, proprietary sulfactant and barium sulphate.


A Diocesan Synod

Motion

This is an example of a motion which can be used or adopted by Deanery Synods wishing to take the next step in promoting the SCF movement.


This can be used as written or as a template that can be adapted to a local situation, whilst remaining faithful to the spirit of the movement.


A motion of 'strongly discourage' the use of floral foam was passed in Hereford Diocese in 2022.


Complete motion pending in Oxford Diocese 2023

A CHURCH EVENTS FLOWERS POLICY


Use this document to help anyone using a church building or church yard curate a sustainable approach to their event