Durham Cathedral in the distance looking over the tops of trees

Houghall Students Branching out to help Cathedral

Mon, 2002-08-12 01:00

Students from East Durham College are putting their training into practice this week by helping to plant trees on the Durham Cathedral riverbanks.

A team of around 20 students from the college’s Houghall Campus will be working with the Cathedral’s Woodlands and Riverbanks team, which works to improve the Cathedral owned parts of the peninsula for local people and visitors alike.

Gina Davies, from the team said: “We want to encourage more people to use the Woodland and Riverbanks surrounding the Cathedral as a space for relaxation and recreation, so we have been working hard to improve the walkways and the general area.”

Following a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Gina has been working with a team of regular volunteers and specialist teams to clear pathways, rebuild steps and plant new trees.

Gina added: “It is wonderful to be working with the students from Houghall because they are the conservationists of the future.

“They will no doubt be bringing plenty of fresh ideas and enthusiasm with them when they work with us and having 20 extra pairs of hands to plant trees is a huge help to me too!”

The students will be volunteering as part of their diploma in environmental conservation and their lecturer Chris Francis said: “The Cathedral Woodland and Riverbanks are a fantastic spot and it’s great to be supporting a project so central to the city.

“For our students to be able to say they have worked on a World Heritage Site looks great on their CVs and they are building their own skills while helping protect the site for their local community in the future.”

If you are interested in joining the Woodlands and Riverbanks team of volunteers, please contact Gina Davies on gina.davies@durhamcathedral.co.uk or call 0191 3744078.