Northumberland farmers' wife donates bird feed to Durham Cathedral project

Valdine Hogg of Laverock Farm in Blyth was inspired to help out Cathedral project after reading about it in the Journal

16 year old Robyn Hogg of Laverock Hall Farm donates sacks of seed to Pam Stewart from Durham Cathedral's Woodlands and Riverbanks team
16 year old Robyn Hogg of Laverock Hall Farm donates sacks of seed to Pam Stewart from Durham Cathedral's Woodlands and Riverbanks team

A Northumberland farmer’s wife has donated sacks of bird feed to Durham Cathedral after reading about a wildlife project at the monument in the Journal.

Valdine Hogg, from Laverock Hall Farm in Blyth, spotted a piece in the paper about staff working with a local mental health project to make bird feeders.

And she was inspired to do what she could to help out.

Valdine said: “I saw the article about the Cathedral working with a local mental health charity to make bird feeders for the woodland around the building and I just thought it was a lovely thing to get involved with.

“We have been looking for something small scale and local that we could help with and we felt like Durham Cathedral’s project was something where we could really make a difference.”

16 year old Robyn Hogg of Laverock Hall Farm donates sacks of seed to Pam Stewart from Durham Cathedral's Woodlands and Riverbanks team
16 year old Robyn Hogg of Laverock Hall Farm donates sacks of seed to Pam Stewart from Durham Cathedral's Woodlands and Riverbanks team
 

The sacks of feed were donated by Valdine and her 16-year-old daughter Robyn, who is hoping to take an active part in the seed side of the family business once she finishes her schooling.

Cathedral staff are working with St Margaret’s Centre, in Durham City, to create a number of bird feeders for trees in cathedral grounds.

The work follows grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Banks Community Fund, Biffa Group and The Friends of Durham Cathedral.

Pam Stewart, from Durham Cathedral’s Woodlands and Riverbanks Team, said: “We are always keen to work with members of the community to help improve the area around the Cathedral owned peninsula so we’re so grateful to Laverock Hall Farm for donating the feed to encourage more bird life to flourish in the area.”

Laverock Hall Farm, a family-run business, produces grains for use in animal feeds, bird feeds and for human consumption in both bread and whisky.

To find out more about the Woodlands and Riverbanks projects and how you can get involved, contact Pam Stewart or Gina Davies on woodlandsandriverbanks@durhamcathedral.co.uk or call 0191 3744078.

Or for information about Laverock Hall Farm visit www.laverockhallfarm.co.uk

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