Canterbury Cathedral Trust is delighted to have been selected as an Associate for the Accelerator Programme – a strand of work launched in 2018 by Arts Council England and Julie’s Bicycle to foster enterprise, innovation, future thinking and creative perspectives on climate and the environment through training, mentoring and peer support.
Canterbury Cathedral has been matched with the Horniman Museum and Gardens in South London’s Forest Hill. As a Cohort organisation, the Horniman Museum and Gardens will receive direct training and mentoring from the Accelerator Programme and as an Associate, the Cathedral will benefit from their learning – potentially testing models and ideas emerging from their project to accelerate a step-change in environmental visitor engagement.
Support of the environment is a key value for Canterbury Cathedral – minimising our impact on the environment and adopting environmentally friendly practices wherever possible. Recent initiatives include: securing bronze Eco Church accreditation and the development of partnerships around the Kent Downs’ Green Pilgrimage Project. We are also seeking to engage the Cathedral’s one thousand staff and volunteers – and one million annual visitors – as environmental champions.
Canterbury Cathedral is committed to developing a bold environmental programme. We are excited to work collaboratively with the Horniman Museum and Gardens, Arts Council England and Julie’s Bicycle to develop our learning and create a coherent approach to this important work.