Southwell Minster is hosting a day to reflect upon ways in which environmental concerns, respect for creation, and the Christian message all inform one another.

On Saturday March 2nd (10am-3.15pm) after a short act of worship in the Quire, local external organisations and individuals concerned with environmental issues will share their interests, concerns and activities. They will include Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust; Potwell Dyke Action Group; Sherwood Forest Trust; the Woodland Trust; Nottingham Trent University’s Department of Environmental Sciences; a local Eco-Church award-winning benefice; a local farmer; the Leaves of Southwell HLF project; Forest Church; and Clumber Discovery Centre and Exhibition Centre National Trust volunteers.

Southwell Minster’s renowned Leaves do more than celebrate medieval craftsmanship; they point towards God’s creation. The local community have been considering how this inspires the Christian message for the 21st century, which must embrace growing environmental concerns.

Canon Chancellor, Nigel Coates says:

“The Leaves of Southwell are a stunning resource for reflection on creation and human flourishing. The day itself, offered by Southwell Minster’s house group leaders, is a marvellous example of the continuing inspiration that they can bring in helping us reconnect with the natural world and address the profound environmental challenges of our time.”

In small groups participants will be able to reflect further on what they have learned, and address the question: Are the Leaves just a miracle of the mason’s art, or do they point us to a particular response, and if so how?


  • 10.00am Opening Worship (Quire)
  • 10.30am Opening Presentations
  • 11.00am Break and refreshments
  • 11.20am Short presentations by contributing groups and individuals. Participants will be encouraged to move between a number of stations to hear from and share with them.
  • 12.30pm Lunch. This can include a visit to the Archbishop’s Palace Garden. Light refreshments will be on sale.
  • 1.15pm Introduction to the afternoon session
  • 1.30pm Divide into groups to consider Are the Leaves just a miracle of the mason’s art in stone, or do they point us to a particular response, and if so how?
  • 2.15pm Feedback from these discussions.
  • 2.50pm Closing Worship and Intercessions

To book a place on this (free) day of discovery, please email by Monday 25 February.

Parking is available at Church Street Car Park (Pay & Display) opposite the Minster.

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