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Clare's 100 mile cycle to highlight green projects in churches

Across the Fens (Click to enlarge)

Across the Fens

Posted on Friday 18 August 2017
The Diocese of Ely Environment Co-ordinator, Clare Redfern, cycled over 100 miles around the Diocese on the weekend of 12th/13th August to highlight green projects and initiatives taking place in churches. Along the way she was joined by members of her own church, Great St Marys Cambridge, but also met with others who are interested in greening their churches along the way.

Stops included St Andrew’s in Cherry Hinton who are collaborating with CoFarm ( to develop a city farm on church land; St George’s Church in Thriplow who are managing their churchyard to encourage biodiversity and wildlife; St Mary’s in Mepal, reviewing their energy suppliers with a view to buying 100% renewable electricity and Bar Hill Church who have recently been awarded a bronze Ecochurch award ( Orwell Church are monitoring their energy usage, Isleham Church have held awareness raising events and visited their MP, and members of All Saints’ Croydon play an active role in Croydon’s Sustainability Group.


Through the cycle ride, Clare was also raising money for her home church of Great St Mary's, the University Church in Cambridge, to support their own eco- project. The church’s south aisle roof is leaking and urgently needs repairing. Money raised will go towards the roof repairs and (pending planning permission) the installation of Photovoltaic (PV) solar panels.


Clare is keen for folk from other churches to get in touch to tell her of any green projects, plans or ideas being pursued. (

I was particularly encouraged that so many people joined in and came out cycling, or met up with us to show us their churches. Working as a group we can pool our resources, share ideas and build a momentum for change, making care of the environment an integral part of our faith and witness.


To add your name to the Ely Diocese Environment Group list or tell Clare about your church’s plans and hopes, please email

Donations towards the roof project at Great St Mary’s can be made online at