22nd July 2005




Green-fingered students at the University of Lincoln have been asked to design a new garden in the grounds of Lincoln Cathedral.


The Dean and Chapter invited students studying for an Advanced National Certificate in Garden Design to come up with ideas to transform the Cathedral Cloister.


The four finalists are Tim Mattocks who came up with a traditional design reminiscent of cloister gardens in other cathedrals; Elizabeth Rider who was inspired by the cathedral’s stained glass windows; Emma Costin for her contemporary design based on the resurrection of Christ; and Stephen Hollingworth whose idea consists of an enclosed courtyard based on the adjacent Chapter House.


The finalists have presented their ideas to the Cathedral Cloister Committee which will decide which design could form the basis of the cloister garden.


Elizabeth Rider (45) from Welton said: “As part of the brief we were told that the garden had to reflect some of the cathedral’s architectural features. It would be wonderful to see my design evolve into an actual garden as it’s difficult to imagine on paper what it would look like in reality.” 


According to lecturer Paul Ievins, the committee members were very impressed by the standard of their work.


“I was extremely proud of the professional manner in which the students presented their designs to the committee,” said Paul. “They’ve come up with some fantastic ideas and I think it will be difficult for them to decide which one they like best.” 


Mrs Sheelagh Knight, who was responsible for convening the committee, said: “It was decided that the cloister is an under-used space. I met with the Director of the British Archaeological Association, Dr Jenny Alexander, who made a study of the Chapter House and was very enthusiastic about transforming the adjoining cloister into a landscaped garden.


“This project enables the cathedral to meet its remit of engaging with education whilst giving the students the chance to be involved in a live design project.”


For more information contact:

Kate Strawson, Assistant Press Officer

(01522) 886244                       kstrawson@lincoln.ac.uk