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RENEW Environment Group

RENEW, Ely Cathedral Environment Group, is comprised of concerned members of the congregation, clergy, staff and the wider community.

Our initial purpose was to collect information and to initiate changes which would enable us to apply for an A Rocha Eco Church Award. In February 2020, we achieved the A Rocha Silver Eco Church award in recognition of the progress we had made in reducing our environmental impact and now we’re ‘Going for Gold’!

Lifestyle Challenge Tips

Check out these RENEW Lifestyle Challenge tips for suggestions on how to live more sustainably.


We’re always pleased to hear from anyone who has any questions, comments, or suggestions. We’d also love to hear from you if you would like to get involved. Email us at:

Worship & Teaching
Ely Cathedral continues to ensure that care for the environment and sustainable living are at the heart of all our worship and teaching.

Ely Cathedral has commissioned a survey on the carbon footprint of the cathedral estate, excluding private and commercial rented properties. It is obtaining costs for the complete replacement of all gas-fired heating appliances by air source heat pumps and installing underfloor heating in the main body of the Cathedral to heat the people rather than the air. The project to replace the existing lighting system with a more efficient LED-based system is due for completion over the next few months.

Ely Cathedral continues to work to improve biodiversity, creating new habitats and maximising carbon capture/storage on Cathedral land.

Community & Global Engagement
Ely Cathedral organises environmental awareness-raising events, such as the Environmental Memorial Lecture by Baroness Brown (pictured), and members of the Cathedral congregation run a monthly litter-pick which recently celebrated its 5th birthday.

Ely Cathedral provides information on how to live more sustainably. Practical lifestyle tips and advice on caring for God’s earth are included in our congregation and staff newsletters and on our website.

RENEW Updates

RENEW update - March 2024



RENEW update - February 2024

Flowering Plants of the Cathedral


Flowering Plants of the Cathedral by Jonathan Shanklin of the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland Recorder for Cambridgeshire. See report here

RENEW update - January 2024

Reduce, Re-use, Recycle


RENEW update - December 2023

I’m dreaming of a waste-free Christmas


RENEW update - November 2023

The Bee Report 2023


RENEW update - October 2023

Ely Cathedral litter picking group celebrate their 5th birthday!


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