Leicester Cathedral is only the 7th Cathedral in the country to gain an eco-church award. This demonstrates a commitment to caring for God’s world in worship and teaching, use of the building, community and global engagement and personal and corporate lifestyle, on which the assessment is based. Other Churches in our Diocese who have also been prominent in developing their environmental strategy include St. Catherine’s, Burbage, St. Mary’s, Broughton Astley and St. Mary’s Bottesford. The eco-church award is a new scheme launched hot on the heels of the global environmental conference in Paris last November. The Cathedral has gained the bronze award, recognising, however, that this is but one step towards ever-greater environmental awareness and practical response.

The Rt Revd Martyn Snow, Bishop of Leicester, believes this is a significant statement of the church’s belief in protecting the natural world. “Leicester Cathedral is leading the way in proclaiming the responsibility  of us all to create a sustainable environment which we nurture and protect in every way we can. It can be very challenging in older buildings to find ways to ensure energy is used as efficiently as possible, but I encourage everyone to be part of the culture change that we need and aim to fulfil what is required to receive this award too.”

Our photo shows Canon Alison Adams, Sub Dean, with the award.