New stretch target
Our other project for this year is to buy a defibrillator to have on site and for staff to be trained in its use by St John's. Any additional funding will be used for that project.
We want to install cycle racks at the abbey as part of our sustainable plan and enhance our visitor experience. 2015 is also our year of celebrating the environment
About the project
Glastonbury Abbey attracts visitors from around the world and we rely on visitor income to maintain and conserve this historic site.
With 36 acres of beautiful parkland, we are proud of our environment and we want visitors to be able to lock their bikes securely but need a cycle rack.
2015 is Glastonbury Abbey’s ‘Year of the Environment’ and we believe we have a responsibility to care for and protect the environment in which we operate. We recognise that we have a duty to manage our grounds, buildings and collections sustainably, so that they are a valuable asset for future generations. We are committed to sustainable development and the provision of a socially responsible and ethical service.
Glastonbury Abbey is historically claimed to be the first monastic site in England and according to legend was founded in the first century AD by Joseph of Arimathea.
The Lady Chapel, which has recently undergone extensive conservation, is the oldest surviving part of the church and is built on the site of earlier Saxon churches dating to at least the 7th century.
It was rebuilt by the Benedictine monks immediately after the earlier church was destroyed by a fire in 1184. The abbey is traditionally associated with the earliest days of Christianity in Britain and figures such as Joseph of Arimathea, St Patrick and St David. It is also the resting place for the legendary King Arthur.