'The Cathedral can be such a beneficial resource for the community... giving health and well being benefits from engagement with green space exercise, and offering social inclusion derived from volunteering'.
Jane Kelly, Garden Designer
There are many ways to support The Cathedral of Trees and all are very welcome.
Some people find the Cathedral by chance. For others it has been a question of checking out stories and 'myths' about a hidden highland Cathedral. Some locals have been visiting for years and others discover it as part of a pilgrimage walk.
Many people have remarked on the 'surprise' of finding this patch of 'designed landscape in the middle of the woods and commented on the 'secret garden feel'of the place
Pilgrims arriving at the Cathedral in Summer 2017 before the paths were restored.
Since July 2017, we have been monitoring visitor numbers through an 'interactive' people counter situated at the entrance. We invite people to drop a stone in the flower pot to record their visit. This has revealed approx 50+ visitors per week.
MEMBERS, VOLUNTEERS, LOCAL GROUPS
After our initial meeting in April 2017, we were joined by a small group of enthusiastic Volunteers and Members who have supported the Cathedral in a variety of ways by joining us for gardening sessions, giving information on bits and pieces of family history/personal memories and by sharing ideas/suggestions for the future.
We are also building links with local organisations with a view to developing the Cathedral as a resource for Outdoor Learning for groups of young people and adults.
Volunteers in early 2017
The Cathedral of Trees does not receive any routine funding and depends entirely on donations from individuals and organisations and awards from grant giving bodies. If you would like to make a donaation
- You can do so through facebook - Just go to the Glencruitten Cathedral of Trees page.
- You can send a cheque made out to The Glencruitten Cathedral of Trees (SCIO) and send it to the registered office at 9 Forth Street, EDINBURGH EH1 3JX
- You can send your donation by direct bank transfer to our account at CAF Bank Ltd Sort Code 83-91-46 Acc. No. 20400709 Please identify your gift and let us know if you would like Gift Aid to be added to your donation.
Currently we are seeking funding to to cover restoration and maintenance costs and to build a Volunteer and Visitor Hut with storage space to give wider opportunities for volunteering and outdoor learning as well as enhancing the visitor experience.
Another way of getting involved with the Cathedral, especially if you live locally, is to donate a plant or sapling as part of the restoration of the site. The plan is to turn the grassed areas in the nave and transepts into a mosaic of ground cover plants which will give interest throughout the year. (Formerly this area was covered in heathers.) Donations of low level plants (up to a 12 ins high) - maybe you have some bits and pieces in your garden to spare - can be made at any time. These can be left in pots or dug into the nursery beds behind the altar. These will later be incorporated into the new 'mosaic flooring' in the nave - every plant an enduring part of the Cathedral for all time.