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Churchy greens

20 June 2014

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.

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