21st September 2005



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Green-fingered students who have recently graduated from the University of Lincoln could see their design ideas included in a new garden in the grounds of Lincoln Cathedral.


In July, the Dean and Chapter at Lincoln Cathedral invited students studying for an Advanced National Certificate in Garden Design to come up with ideas to transform the Cathedral Cloisters.

The Cloister Design Committee was formed by the Cathedral in May 2004 as it was recognised that the cloisters were an underused space. The committee produced a design brief which was approved by the Chapter, the Masters' Committee and the Fabric Advisory.

Eleven students put forward their designs to the committee who then whittled them down to four.


These were 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 consisted of an enclosed courtyard based on the adjacent Chapter House.


The Chairman of the committee, Mrs Sheelagh Knight, said: “The Dean and Chapter were very impressed with the standard of the designs.

“Working with the university has proved to be extremely worthwhile - not least in encouraging the 'education mission' of the cathedral. Because of other work that needs to be done however it will be some time before the Cloisters can be considered further - but we have been given ideas of what can be achieved.”  

One of the students who made it through to the final four, Tim Mattocks, said it was good to have the opportunity to work on a ‘live’ project: “This was my first experience of working to a client brief. It’s been an invaluable experience and has given me the confidence to pursue a career in freelance garden design.”


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For more information contact:

Kate Strawson, Assistant Press Officer

(01522) 886244                       kstrawson@lincoln.ac.uk