Cathedral Closure for Timber Operations

Beginning Monday 4th June, 2018, the Cathedral of Trees will close for timber operations within the surrounding woodland area.  This work  is an important step in the restoration programme and will bring huge benefit to the site by allowing in much needed sunlight and improved air circulation.   It will also provide the opportunity for the recreation of the surrounding space as an amenity woodland of native broadleaves.

We are sorry for this inconvenience to our visitors and hope to give updates on how the work is going and likely reopening date..  

May 2018

April and May have seen a lot of activity in the Cathedral.  This is the first serious phase of the restoration programme and it involved repairing and improving the drainage system and paths.  Over the years, the original drains had collapsed and this in turn caused die back in the trees and a general deterioration in the well being of the site.  The paths were eroded  by water and winter frosts and covered in weeds.

The work involved digging out the old drains and clearing them of silt and debris and scraping away at the surface of the paths.  There were some very large stones to be removed as well!  New drainage ditches have been dug along either side of the central aisle - that's about 90 metres  times 2 - and these have been infilled to form French drains.  Soil and grit has then been placed on the surrounding grass  to raise the level and further improved drainage.  We are now looking for volunteers to rake this down in readiness for replanting.

Grateful thanks go to Ian McCuish Landscaping for doing the work, to HISTORIC ENVIRONMENT SCOTLAND for being our main funder and also to The AVIVA Community Fund and those who voted for us for a grant of £1000.

 

Paths before restoration

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 Paths after restoration

Paths after restoration

Drains, diggers and pathways

It's a pretty exciting time in the Cathedral this week as Ian McCuish and his team of expert landscapers have reinstated the drainage at the Cathedral.  This is a crucial piece of work that will allow the replanting to begin.  The ground has always been boggy but in recent years the drainage was almost completely blocked.

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