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How Cathedral's eco fight has been bolstered by Lottery funding

Rob George 23rd Apr, 2022

WORCESTER Cathedral’s Eco Group is leading the green agenda, having secured National Lottery funding to encourage local people to join them in taking climate action.

And now they are inviting the local community to come together for ‘Living Gently on the Earth’ – a series of community events, talks and workshops on caring for the planet and living a more eco-friendly lifestyle.

Exploring faith, cooking, gardening, money matters, shopping and more, these events will culminate in a Big Green Family Fair in the Cathedral’s medieval cloisters in October.

Thanks to funding from the National Lottery Community Fund as part of its ‘Together for our Planet’ scheme, the events are free to attend.

Vice-Dean of Worcester, Canon Stephen Edwards, said: “We are extremely grateful to have secured this funding and excited to be able to work with our community to build a legacy of ongoing climate action.

“The National Lottery grants have been awarded to community-led projects that encourage everyone to get involved. And our Eco Group aims to do just that! It is made up of volunteers from the community who have come together to take positive climate action. The Eco Group was instrumental in securing the funding; testament to their passion and commitment to climate action.

“These eco enthusiasts are putting the money to good use and have a number of exciting events lined up. So please do join us if you can and stand together for our planet!”

In September 2021 the Cathedral declared a climate emergency, and as part of this committed to encouraging the community to make relevant lifestyle changes and encouraging action on this emergency in our neighbourhoods, workplaces and other spheres of activity, amongst others.

The Cathedral also signed-up to A Rocha UK’s Eco Church Scheme, and last month became a Bronze Eco Church – it is now working towards Silver.

For more information about the Cathedral Eco Group, further details on the ‘Living Gently on the Earth’ events and to book free tickets, visit www.worcestercathedral.co.uk/eco

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