EcoChurch

The EcoChurch scheme is operated by A Rocha UK. The awards are based on a comprehensive survey covering worship and teaching, management of church buildings, land, community, global engagement and lifestyle. It is designed to bring together churches of all denominations to address the environmental crisis, using a common framework, an online toolkit of resources. Our latest news is shared below.

Bronze Award

We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded the A Rocha UK Bronze EcoChurch Award (December 2023) in recognition of the work we have made in reducing our environmental impact. A dedicated team of staff and volunteers is working hard towards the Silver EcoChurch Award. On this page you can keep up-to-date with what we are up to at the Cathedral.

Rewilding

In 2023, we teamed up with a local primary school to create an 80-metre hedge within the precinct. With thanks to funding from the Tree Council, we now have a mixed British native hedgerow growing which supports a variety of wildlife, enhances the biodiversity of the city centre and contributes to improving the city's air quality.

Bug Hotel

In Spring 2024, our Property & Estates Manager created a bug hotel for our smaller visitors, situated on Dean's Walk! We have also introduced bird boxes within the precinct to support and encourage the wildlife we have on site.

Our Grounds

The Dean's Walk looks spectacular thanks to our volunteer grounds team. Plants are grown that are favoured by birds, bees and butterflies. To join in, visit our volunteering page above, by clicking "Support Us" on the menu tabs.

Wildflowers

Wildflowers are encouraged in the old churchyard.

Community Litter Pick

This year's litter pick was held during the Great Big Green Week, cleaning up West Walls and Dean Tait's Lane. A big thank you to everyone who got involved.

Supporting Wildlife

We have recently undertaken a bird survey and a moth survey in the Cathedral grounds. These initial surveys give us a baseline to judge the biodiversity of the site and can then be used in future years to compare - with the hopes that, in time, we can see a positive impact on the biodiversity of the precinct. Also, the more we know about the plants and animals living on site, the more we can do to protect and support them. A big thank you to Stephen Mott for spotting all the wildlife.

Give a Day to the City

On Thursday 4 July, staff from Carlisle Cathedral supported the Give a Day Carlisle initiative by helping out in the Tullie Secret Garden. Through rain and shine, the team from the Cathedral cleared weeds, renovated a vegetable patch, cleared paths and generally tidied the gardens. Thank you to Tullie for the very warm welcome.