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Grant to preserve cathedral woods

Durham Cathedral
The cathedral and grounds date back to the 12th Century

The historic woodland setting of Durham Cathedral is to be tidied up and conserved with a 50,000 windfall.

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant will be used to repair paths and cut back overgrown trees at the site, which dates back to the 12th Century.

The cathedral, a World Heritage Site, wants to improve access for the 600,000 people who visit every year.

The money will also be spent conserving a large section of woodland between Prebends and Framwellgate bridges.

The project is part of a development programme, launched last month, to raise 7m over the next five years.

The programme aims to enhance the contribution the cathedral makes to the cultural, economic and spiritual life of the city and region.

Head of the (HLF) in the North East, Dr Keith Bartlett, said: "This is a fantastic project for Durham which will enable both the local community and visitors to fully enjoy the landscape of our wonderful city for generations to come."


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