13 centuries on, Bede's world gets even better

There was another boost yesterday for a site which is to be nominated for world heritage status

There was another boost yesterday for a site which is to be nominated for world heritage status

The Big Lottery Fund has awarded Bede's World in Jarrow a grant of £10,000 for an environment and conservation project.

Last week it was announced that the twin monastery site of Wearmouth-Jarrow will be the Government's world heritage site candidate in 2009.

The project, Anglo-Saxons Go Wild, will focus on Bede's World's 11-acre Anglo-Saxon demonstration farm, the site's medieval herb and Georgian tea gardens, and the green spaces next to Bede's World.

Bede's World's curatorial advisor Laura Sole said: "Bede spent his life - both before and after he entered the monastery - at Wearmouth-Jarrow, in a largely agricultural environment.

"He took a keen interest in the natural world, and wrote a book, On the Nature of Things, on it. This grant will allow visitors to Bede's World to engage with the environment of Jarrow as it was 13 centuries ago."

Botanist and naturalists will run a series of public environmental and conservation days next spring and summer.

The funding will also develop a CD-Rom for schools in collaboration with local teachers, focusing on topics such as biodiversity, care of plant habitats and sustainable development.

Other elements of the project will include the development of a wildlife trail and an exhibition centred on insects.

Bede's World director Keith Merrin said: "Many thousands of people already enjoy Bede's World as an experience which allows them to step back in history. This project will help people to understand the wildlife and natural places that are also to be found."

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