Durham Cathedral opens gardens for Heritage Open Day

Geoff MacCallum
Geoff MacCallum
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Durham Cathedral is once again taking part in the annual heritage Open Day.

 Building on the success of last year’s event, the cathedral will be opening its cultivation garden to the public on Saturday, September 12, from 10am -4pm

 The garden, on the South Bailey, is generally closed to the public, and is looked after by a team of cathedral gardeners, who cultivate a range of flowers including dahlia, roses and Bells of Ireland.

 The allotment garden grows flowers and cultivates plants for the cathedral grounds, with a strong commitment to the use of locally-sourced produce and resources where possible and ensuring that the flowers are home-grown rather than brought in.

 Geoff MacCallum, head gardener at Durham Cathedral, said: “This is another hidden part of Durham. You can see the Victorian walls which helped us establish how long the garden has been here.

 “Heritage Open Days is the only time that the general public get to see the garden. From the 60s the garden has been used and owned by the cathedral for the growing and cultivation of the flowers and plants.”

 The main aim of Heritage Open Days is to make people more aware of the garden and the purpose it plays within Durham Cathedral.

 The garden will be open to the public for free as well as the gardeners being on hand to answer any questions the visitors may have. There is no need to book. To learn about other events at Durham Cathedral, log on to www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/