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St Albans

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St Albans, Hertfordshire, UK

A founding member of the Green Pilgrimage Network

The Albans annual procession with carnival puppets
St Albans is one of nine cities and 22 different organisations and faiths that joined as founding members of the Green Pilgrimage Network, launched at Assisi, Italy, during ARC's Sacred Land Celebration, October 31-Nov 2, 2011. The founder members from St Albans are:

  • St Albans Cathedral, Church of England
  • The City and District of St Albans
  • The City of St Albans was given its name by Alban who lived in the Roman town of Verulamium, around the end of the third century.

    Alban was the first Christian martyr in Great Britain, dying at the hands of the Romans. The place where he was buried became a place of worship and pilgrimage and is the oldest surviving place of Christian worship in England. The town of St Albans grew up around the church as a place of hospitality.

    Green Pilgrimage Actions

    HRH Princess Michael of Kent; The Hon Mrs Sara Morrison, VP Emeritus of WWF Int; Councillor Beric Read, St Albans City Council; Rev Dr Kevin Walton, St Albans Cathedral, at the launch of the Green Pilgrimage Network in Assisi.
    In joining the Green Pilgrimage Network, St Albans has committed itself to becoming an outstanding place of welcome and hospitality as a Green Pilgrim City.

  • It plans to explore putting solar panels on the south side of the Cathedral
  • It’s launched a competition to calculate the number of Roman bricks used to build the cathedral as an example of early recycling
  • It plans to introduce a new environmental trail for school groups
  • And to build up a new network of pilgrim ways as well as footpaths and cycle ways
  • And it will encourage local hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions to sign up as Green Pilgrimage City participants.


    Useful links

    St Albans - Christian Green Pilgrimage Theology Statement

    Visit the St Albans Cathedral website here

    Download the full Green Pilgrimage Network handbook here

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