No-one knows just how many trees the Church of England has on its land. It has some 10,000 churchyards, and many often provide the only, ‘green lung’ within a community and rare habitats for a wide range of biodiversity.Read more...
|A graveyard will say a great deal about the history of the community it serves and the lives and status of the individuals locally commemorated. Sometimes, seemingly out of context, the monument of a person of national importance will be found sited amongst those of his or her contemporary villagers.|
This is the case in the churchyard of St Dingat Llandovery Carmarthenshire, contains the grave of a leading Egyptologist, Sir John Gardner Wilkinson 1797 – 1875. As a young man he spent 12 years in Egypt and subsequently published in 1837 ‘The Manners and Customs of the Ancient Egyptians.Read more...
|The Bishop of Salisbury, lead bishop for the environment with Claire Foster-Gilbert and David Shreeve the authors of the original book and its 2015 Update|
The Church of England’s lead bishop on the environment has welcomed a new update to a guide providing environmental advice and resources for parishes.
Don’t Stop at the Lights – Leading Your Church Through a Changing Climate, first published in 2008 by Church House Publishing, has now a new booklet giving updated information and practical tips to churches on incorporating the environment into the Church year. People who already have the book, co-authored by Claire Foster and David Shreeve, can either download the update or apply for a free copy by email. Caring for God's Acre has a page in the publication where the aims and objectives of the charity are listed along with all the resources the charity has on offer to support the conservation of burial sites.Read more...
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Bombus monticol by Rory Dimond
Churchyards and burial grounds can provide very valuable food, nest sites and shelter for insect pollinators such as bumblebees, hoverflies, butterflies, moths, solitary bees and a whole range of flies and beetles.