Our ‘Sanctuary in the Churchyard’ part of the project is now complete.

We have opened the south nave door to provide an accessible entrance to the churchyard where visitors will find:

  • an information board about the churchyard development and the 2020 roof restoration
  • 3 newly commissioned oak benches
  • 3 Corten steel planters with a variety of herbs
  • a developing wildflower meadow
  • a free leaflet describing this aspect of our sanctuary project

The monastery founded by John in the 8th century would no doubt have grown herbs for culinary and medicinal use. Vegetables and flowers were also grown in monastic gardens.

Today the Minster is committed to taking seriously its responsibility for protecting planet earth and we will be guided on our journey by ‘Eco Church’ – an A Rocha UK project. Visit our eco-living page.

It seems fitting that in the 21st century we are able to develop an environmentally-friendly space close to where archeology suggests the monastic buildings of John were situated.

The Minster has a team of gardening volunteers who are eager to work with the community in developing this amenity – a place of sanctuary in a busy world.