All creatures great and small invited to service

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PETS and their owners are being invited to a special service of thanksgiving - for animals.

From canine companions to feline and feathered friends, reptiles and rodents – all creatures great and small are invited. The annual animal blessing service will be taken by Reverends Mindy Bell, Andy Jowitt and Allan Jones at the Cathedral of Trees on Sunday, May 20 at 3pm.

The service has been arranged to give special thanks for all the pleasure owners get from their pets and assistance animals and to celebrate their animals as a wonderful part of life.

Reverend Mindy Bell said: “This is the fourth time this annual ecumenical service is taking place and over the years it has proved itself meaningful to those who have come. We have had many kinds of pets present and remembered at the service.”

Milton Keynes’ distinctive cathedral, owned and cared for by The Parks Trust, is pretty unique and ‘built’ from living trees. The Tree Cathedral’s outline is based on Norwich Cathedral and was designed in 1986 by landscape architect Neil Higson. He chose different species of trees to represent the character of the Cathedral’s sections: hornbeam and tall-growing lime for the Nave, evergreens to represent the central tower and spires, flowering cherry and apple as a focus in the chapels. In springtime colourful bulbs represent the sun shining through stained glass windows onto the ground.

Parking for the Cathedral of Trees is on Livingstone Drive, Off the V10 Brickhill Street.

The service is expected to last 30 to 45 minutes and will be undertaken whatever the weather so please come prepared for rain or shine. All visitors are asked to be responsible pet owners and keep their pets under close control so that the service and the Cathedral can be enjoyed by all.

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