The money, which was provided by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA), means the cathedral can undertake a full program of planting and other exterior improvements at the site.
The Right Reverend Chris Dalliston, Dean of Peterborough, welcomed the news. He said, “We are extremely grateful for the opportunity this grant provides us to create a more welcoming and enjoyable environment for visitors to the compound,” During the pandemic, many of us recognized our need to quiet green spaces and beautiful outdoor locations. . The Cathedral Gardens are a very special and ancient place and it is a joy to take steps to share them more widely.
Plans for the 9.5-hectare site, which will be completed by fall 2021, include ambitious planting plans, repainted railings and replacement outdoor furniture, including benches, bins and new tables. and chairs for the café terrace. The gravel paths will also be renewed as needed. This represents a considerable amount of work for Cathedral Head Gardener Rob Glover and so new gardening volunteers are now being recruited to help with the task.
Rob said: “Anyone with some gardening experience and knowledge and a good general knowledge of plants is welcome to contact us. “
Cllr Marco Cereste, Cabinet Member for Digital Services and Transformation, Peterborough City Council, said: Our city.
“Peterborough has many tourist attractions and the Cathedral plays a very important role in making the city a vibrant and exciting place.
“The funds to support this project were obtained as part of the council’s vision to create an environment that attracts investment and people to Peterborough.
“This project also highlights the importance of having green spaces in our city and the many benefits they bring to physical and mental health.