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Try Out Our Environmental Lifestyle Audit Tool

We are pleased to share with you the Environmental Lifestyle Audit Tool that was designed for Worcester Cathedral by students from Worcester Polytechnic Institute to help us to make greener lifestyle choices. It is designed to be quick and easy to use rather than hard work or over-detailed. Please have a go and feedback your thoughts at the end.

To take the interactive Environmental Lifestyle Audit Tool (ELAT), just click here.

Living Gently on the Earth

The Cathedral Eco Group is delighted to invite you to join 'Living Gently on the Earth'... a series of community events, talks and workshops on caring for our planet.

Please click here to be directed to the 'Living Gently on the Earth' page for more information. 

Living Gently on the Earth

Worcester Cathedral Eco-Group

The cathedral eco-group brings together members of the congregation, volunteers and staff in small working groups around the Eco Church themes. If you'd like to know more or join us please contact Canon Stephen Edwards.

The Eco Group takes forward the Cathedral's Vision that:
In 2025 Worcester Cathedral will be a catalyst for campaigning and awareness on the environment and social justice.

For the environment, this means:

  • Creating a prophetic voice for environmental campaigning and awareness.
  • Education and awareness-raising of global and local eco-issues.
  • Partnering with other local/regional voices.
    Working towards Eco-Church Gold Standard award and achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2030.

On this page we will share news of our progress as we work towards the Eco-Church awards.

We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded the A Rocha UK Silver Eco Church Award (March 2023). Since its formation, the Cathedral Eco Group has been working towards the Eco Church scheme, and this is the second milestone on our journey to becoming an Eco Cathedral after having been awarded the Bronze award in March 2022. 

News & Resources

Worcester Cathedral Peregrines
Watch the peregrines live on our webcam and find out more here.

Worcester Cathedral Landscape Plan
The Chapter recently commissioned the distinguished landscape architect Neil Swanson to prepare a masterplan for the future development of the Cathedral precinct. The Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England requires this of any cathedral before proposals are made for alterations to a precinct. The masterplan is a framework for incremental developments, not a plan of immediate action. Each stage of implementation requires its own consultation, permissions, and funding. However, the Cathedral does now have the prospect of funding from the Towns Deal and other sources for much-needed improvements to College Yard, which is likely to be the first phase of the masterplan to move towards consultation and permission. The masterplan may now be viewed here.

Mamboya Village
The Cathedral supports various eco-projects in our link Diocese of Morogoro, Tanzania. Read more about the projects here. The latest update (May 2022) can be found here.

Friends For The Climate
is the name of a new blog compiled by our former Cathedral shop manager, James Pertwee. Visit it here:

Outdoor Worship 2024

WORSHIP IN THE GARDEN: meeting with God in creation
Starting in January, Worcester Cathedral will be launching a new, monthly service of worship. What makes it a little unusual is that it will not take place inside the cathedral. Instead, we will be outside, come rain or shine. Scroll down to find out more... 
SACRED GARDEN: engaging with God in creation through creativity
Sacred Garden is a new monthly event that Worcester Cathedral is launching for people who feel God’s presence when they’re out in nature. Scroll down to find out more...

Latest News from the Eco Group

Co-op Local Community Fund Rewilding Project

We're thrilled to have been picked as one of Co-op UK's Local Community Fund causes this year.

If you are a Co-op shopper, please choose the Cathedral as your Local Good Cause and help us with our rewilding project. 

Dave Whelan, our Head Gardener, said: "This project will provide the Cathedral with a grant to turn an area between the Chapter House and the Guesten into a wildlife habitat, the benefits of which cannot be understated. This wildlife habitat will consist of a wildflower meadow and a large ‘bug hotel’, which will be built by the Cathedral’s carpenter. The hotel will also be built with the intention of attracting hedgehogs and small mammals by incorporating hedgehog boxes into the design and the meadow will increase pollinator numbers, which in turn will provide a food source for birds, which all amount to a strong increase in biodiversity. This area will provide a hot spot for our bug hunts and wildlife auditing process and in doing so an educational resource in just how important areas like this are to a greater and healthier ecosystem, an ecosystem that we all rely upon."

To find out more about our project and to choose us as your cause, please click the button:

Choose us as your Cause

Worcester Cathedral’s Declaration of a Climate and Environmental Emergency.

The Dean and Chapter of Worcester Cathedral publicly recognise that there exists a Climate and Environmental Emergency that affects humanity’s ability to sustain civilisation in its present form. This crisis is principally caused by a failure of human beings to fulfil God’s call to love our neighbours, live justly and steward God’s creation. As a result, we commit to:

  1. Examining our lives individually and corporately in relation to this crisis, seeking to live faithfully to God’s call.
  2. Bringing forward during first quarter of 2022 an action plan to:
  • Minimise our negative corporate impact on the environment, and help restoration where possible
  • Achieve net zero emissions by 2030
  • Care for the natural environment and biodiversity in the grounds of our Cathedral.
  1. Encouraging the Cathedral community to make relevant lifestyle changes appropriate to their circumstances.
  2. Encouraging action on this emergency in our neighbourhoods, workplaces and other spheres of activity.
  3. Using our influence to bring about positive actions by local and national government and businesses and other organisations.