Lancaster Priory Churchyard Community Project

January 28, 2016 in Slideshow

With funding from the Lancashire Environment Fund and support from local volunteers, Green Close have been involved in a local community project in the lower half of the historic churchyard of Lancaster Priory Church.

The ancient churchyard walls are being restored after years of vandalism and existing memorials have been cleaned, tree removal has opened up the space with over 22,000 bulbs having been planted, transforming the area into an accessible, contemplative space for the community.

To celebrate this work, a new memorial by local stone carver Alan Ward, in the style of the old stone tombs, was unveiled at an event in the churchyard on Friday 22nd April, to mark the fact that in this ancient burial ground “lie the bones of the people of Lancaster.”

The work has been made possible thanks to a unique collaboration between Lancaster Priory Church, Green Close, Lancashire County Council Environment and Community Projects and Lancaster City Council, through the “Beyond the Castle” project.

The vicar of Lancaster, The Revd Chris Newlands said: “The Priory, and indeed the wider community owes a great deal of gratitude to all those who have made this work possible, restoring the beauty and peace of the churchyard, so that all may enjoy this perfect setting, where people have gathered for over 1,300 years to reflect on life and eternity.”

Sue Flowers, Director of Green Close added: “After months of hard work fundraising and planning for this formerly neglected space, we are delighted that all our efforts have finally paid off. It has been a real pleasure to work within such a dedicated committed team. This important heritage site has lots of potential, and we hope we can continue to use creative practices to enable more community involvement in the future vision for the regeneration of the area.”

A display profiling the transformation of the site, featuring images by local photographer Darren Andrews, will be on display in the Priory from Tuesday 19th April to Monday 30th May.