Climate change poses threat to UK’s historic churches, trust warns

Source : The Guardian

By Religion correspondent

St Botolph's in Boston, Lincolnshire
 St Botolph’s in Boston, Lincolnshire, received a £40,000 grant for roof repairs. Photograph: Fabio de Paola/For the Guardian

The UK’s historic churches are at serious risk from the impact of climate change, including higher levels of rainfall and invasive pests such as termites, according to the National Churches Trust. Roofs, towers and spires are threatened by strong winds and more frequent storms.

The trust saw a 26% year-on-year increase in applications for grants for urgent repairs, maintenance and development projects in 2017, its annual review says.

A total of 480 churches and chapels around the country sought financial help from the trust, which awarded 230 grants worth £1.7m – an increase of £300,000 compared with 2016.

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