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01 Jan 0001
The sheep are helping
launch the flagship green space project in
A flock of 170 life sized designer sheep will be on-hand to
help launch the £450k transformation of the Exeter Cathedral green
The £450,000 investment from Groundwork UK and Big Lottery Fund’s
Community Spaces programme, has helped
complete the first phase in the master plan for the green –
breathing life back by creating new pathways, lighting and planting
as well as places to sit and enjoy the improved landscape.
The sheep are part of the opening celebrations and have been hand
painted and designed by local school children with the help of the
Devon Learning and Development Partnership (LDP).
The Cathedral green is an important and well-used public space in
the City of Exeter with a wealth of historical associations. The
Vision for the Green project aims to cement the role of the area as
a tranquil and contemplative public space at the heart of the
The project will be officially launched in the presence of Her
Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Devon, Eric Dancer CBE JP and the Rt
Revd Dr Michael Langrish, Bishop of Exeter; Vice Patrons of the
Cathedral’s Third Millennium Campaign.
Campaign Director, Jill Taylor said, “We are excited about
completing the first phase of this project – local people have
followed the developments on the green with great interest and are
pleased to be able to enjoy the area once more. The Community
Spaces funding has given us the impetus to keep going towards
realising our vision.”
The improvements mean that local people have a space to relax and
enjoy the green and will make the Cathedral more of a focal point
for community events and civic occasions.
Wendy Jenkins, Director of Open Grants at Groundwork UK said, “This
is really exciting news for us, we have awarded nine flagship
grants through the programme and to see the first one complete
within a year is marvellous. It’s already clear that the changes
will make a big difference to the people of Exeter – we hope the
green becomes a well-used and popular public space for all.”
Groundwork UK has been administering funding through the
Community Spaces programme as an Award Partner to the Big Lottery
Fund since March 2008. The programme has now closed to
applications; however, it will enable the creation and improvement
of almost 1000 projects across the country. For more information
For further information, please
Notes to Editor
Vision for the Green project
The Big Lottery Fund