The Laudato Si Centre

The Laudato Si Centre is an exciting new project at Wardley Hall which aims to make the Diocese of Salford a flagship for effective action on climate change.

The centre was announced by Bishop John in Lent 2019 in response to the current climate crisis and Pope Francis’s call for us all to care for our common home in his document Laudato Si, which the centre is named after.

During the Lenten period, the parishes and schools of the Diocese of Salford were issued with a challenge from Bishop John to take the environmental crisis more seriously and to make small changes in their own lives that would make a difference. The Bishop didn’t just ask others to make changes; he has responded to his own challenge by beginning this major environmental project in the grounds of his residence.

It is an ambitious project which will take about 3-5 years to be fully realised, but it is hoped that the Centre will create a space for all to learn how they can take practical action to tackle climate change and will help to work towards a sustainable world for future generations.

In May, Bishop John was joined by the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Edward Adams, in blessing the walled garden at the Laudato Si Centre.

The walled garden is the first phase of the project to be worked on and will house vegetable patches and beehives. Future phases for the Centre include a wildflower meadow and learning spaces for schoolchildren to attend, and the final elements of the project will be agreed after a period of consultation with parishes and schools.

In time, the Laudato Si Centre will welcome members of the public and we hope that the introduction of the centre will inspire the local community, schools and parishes to transfer some of the ideas on display into their own communities.

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July 2019 This summer, the Laudato Si Centre hosted its first eco-summit with attendees from 18 primary schools across the Diocese of Salford. Each school sent a representative with an example of how they are working within their own school to care for their common home and living more sustainably.