ELY CATHEDRAL is cherishing orphaned hedgehogs; churches in the
diocese of Lichfield are encouraging bees; and now
Durham Cathedral is putting up bird feeders all
round its land. The cathedral's woodlands and riverbanks team is
working with St Margaret's Centre, in the city - a training
workshop for people recovering from mental illness, which helps
them back into employment, and which specialises in woodwork.
People at the centre are making feeders to go in the trees on
the cathedral-owned peninsular in the loop of the River Wear - an
area that the woodlands team have been working to improve in recent
months. The manager of St Margaret's Centre, Rob Chatwin, says that
one of its volunteers is an experienced green-wood worker, and he
has been leading the bird-feeder sessions.
"The service-users love activities like this," Mr Chatwin says,
"because it gives them a real sense of satisfaction and
achievement, knowing that their handiwork is being put to good use
in such a beautiful place."
Grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Friends of the
Cathedral, among others, are helping the work.