Press Releases

Caring for God’s Acre wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

23rd August 2016

It was announced this week that the national charity for the conservation of burial sites, Caring for God’s Acre, based in Shropshire, has received initial support* from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its Beautiful Burial Ground Project.

The project aims to put burial grounds literally on the heritage map by creating a bespoke database and interactive map where individual burial sites can be mapped, linking records on the plants and animals to a particular site, easily accessed by all.

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Mammals, Moths and More at Longden Road Cemetery, Shrewsbury

12th July 2016        

A special event ‘Mammals, Moths and More’ will take place at Longden Road Cemetery, Shrewsbury on Saturday 16th July from 9am to 1.00pm when people are invited to join county experts and enthusiasts to discover wildlife. Organised by the charity Caring for God’s Acre who are supporting the Friends of Longden Road Cemetery with the conservation of the site ‘Mammals, Moths and More’ is open to anyone and free of charge, but donations are welcome.

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Welcome to Colemere Churchyard Event

7th June 2016

God’s Acre, Your Acre, A Celebration of the Conservation of Churchyards

The Shropshire based charity Caring for God’s Acre has a Churchyard Task Team, which is now working in north Shropshire, thanks to funding from the Jean Jackson Charitable Trust.

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The Beautiful Burial Ground Conference in York

1st June 2016

‘Learn simple ways to create a haven for wildlife, for heritage, for people.’

'The Beautiful Burial Ground' conference, a one-day event organised by the charity Caring for God’s Acre (CfGA) on Wednesday 29th June at Heslington Church, York. 

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Cherishing Churchyards Week- Let’s celebrate?

31st May 2016 

Saturday 4th June - Sunday 12th June 2016

Celebrations are taking place next week in churchyards across the country for National Cherishing Churchyard Week

Caring for God’s Acre, the charity dedicated to the conservation of burial sites of all kinds is promoting National Cherishing Churchyards Week and helping people to organise events which celebrate these special places at the heart of our communities.

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CHERISHING CHURCHYARDS WEEK EVENT IN SOUTH SHROPSHIRE

31st May 2016

Caring for God’s Acre, (CfGA) the national charity supporting the conservation of burial sites is promoting its Cherishing Churchyards Week from 4th to the 12th June by holding a special event in South Shropshire

On Centenary Sunday, 5th June, 11am to 1pm, CfGA who is based in Craven Arms will be setting an example to the rest of the county with its 3.5 mile easy riverside walk from one churchyard to another along the River Onny. The title of the walk is ‘Two Churchyards, Two Weirs, One Riverside Walk’.

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Dawn Chorus walk at Longden Road Cemetery, Shrewsbury with Peter Carty

DATE of event: 1st May 2016

TIME: 5.00am to 7.00am

Join the Friends of Longden Road Cemetery and local ornithologist Peter Carty of the National Trust for a Dawn Chorus walk around the cemetery looking and listening for birds. The event is being organised by the conservation charity Caring for God’s Acre and the Friends of Longden Road cemetery. The national charity Caring for God’s Acre, based in Craven Arms, supports the Friends with the conservation of Longden Road cemetery. The Dawn Chorus walk is free of charge but donations are welcome.

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PLACES STILL AVAILABLE ON THE BEAUTIFUL BURIAL GROUND

11th April 2016

‘Learn simple ways to create a haven for wildlife, for heritage, for people.’

Places are still available for 'The Beautiful Burial Ground' conference, a one-day event organised by the charity Caring for God’s Acre (CfGA) at Croxteth Hall in Liverpool on Wednesday 13th April from 10am to 4.15pm.

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The Beautiful Burial Ground Conference, Liverpool

5th April 2016

‘Learn simple ways to create a haven for wildlife, for heritage, for people.’

'The Beautiful Burial Ground' conference, a one-day event organised by the charity Caring for God’s Acre (CfGA) will take place at Croxteth Hall in Liverpool on Wednesday 13th April from 10am to 4.15pm

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Cherishing Churchyards Week coincides with the Queen’s 90th birthday - Let’s celebrate!

January 2016

Why not celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday by running an event with the local community during National Cherishing Churchyard Week, 4th June to 12th June? Every parish church is being encouraged by the Church of England to organise an activity to mark the Queen’s official birthday on the weekend on 10th -12th June.

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THE BEAUTIFUL BURIAL GROUND CONFERENCE IS COMING TO NORTHUMBERLAND

 January 2016

‘Learn simple ways to create a haven for wildlife, for heritage, for people.’

'The Beautiful Burial Ground' conference, a one-day event organised by the charity Caring for God’s Acre (CfGA) will take place on Wednesday 27th April at Hexham Abbey.

The Beautiful Burial Ground conference is for anyone involved with or interested in the care and conservation of church and chapel yards, cemeteries, crematoria and green burial grounds. The event, part funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, will also interest naturalists, historians, educationalists and community workers.

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THE BEAUTIFUL BURIAL GROUND CONFERENCE IS COMING TO LIVERPOOL

January 2016

‘Learn simple ways to create a haven for wildlife, for heritage, for people.’

'The Beautiful Burial Ground' conference, a one-day event organised by the charity Caring for God’s Acre (CfGA) will take place at Croxteth Hall in Liverpool on Wednesday 13th April from 10am to 4.15pm

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New Film Showing at The Bishop’s Palace, Hereford

 21st October                                    

New Film Showing at The Bishop’s Palace, Hereford

The charity Caring for God’s Acre is showing its new film ‘The Beautiful Burial Ground’ at The Great Hall, Bishop’s Palace, Hereford, on the afternoon of 19th November. An invitation is extended to anyone who would like to see it.

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Caring for “God’s Acre”

7th July 2015

No one cares for “God’s Acre” in England and Wales in quite the same way as a Shropshire-based national conservation charity.

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Mammals, Moths and More at Longden Road Cemetery, Shrewsbury

11th June 2015 

A special event ‘Mammals, Moths and More’ will take place at Longden Road Cemetery, Shrewsbury on Saturday 27th June from 9am to 12pm when people are invited to join county experts and enthusiasts to discover wildlife. Organised by the charity Caring for God’s Acre who are supporting the Friends of Longden Road Cemetery with the conservation of the site ‘Mammals, Moths and More’ is open to anyone and free of charge, but donations are welcome.

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THE BEAUTIFUL BURIAL GROUND CONFERENCE IS COMING TO NORFOLK

27th May 2015

‘Learn simple ways to create a haven for wildlife, for heritage, for people.’ 'The Beautiful Burial Ground' conference is a special one-day event organised by the charity Caring for God’s Acre (CfGA), which will take place on Wednesday 10th June at Horstead Tithebarn in Norfolk.

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Teddies go down Church Tower Zip Wire to Celebrate Cherishing Churchyards Week

1st June 2015

A ‘Teddy Bear Zip Wire Descent and Picnic’ event is being held at St Mary’s Church Chirk, near Wrexham on Saturday 2Oth June (12.30pm to 3pm) to celebrate National Cherishing Churchyard Week. (Slightly later than the advertised Cherishing Churchyards Week Sat 6th June to Sun 14th June)

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Cherishing Churchyards Week- Let’s celebrate?

29th May 2015

Saturday 6th June - Sunday 14th June 2015?

Celebrations are taking place this week in churchyards across the country for National Cherishing Churchyard Week.

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Evening Birdwalk at Longden Road Cemetery, Shrewsbury

7th May 2015

Longden Road Cemetery 13th May 2015 6.30pm to 8.30pm 

Join the Friends of Longden Road Cemetery and local ornithologist Peter Carty of the National Trust for an evening stroll around the cemetery looking and listening for birds. The event is being organised by the conservation charity Caring for God’s Acre who are supporting the Friends of Longden Road cemetery with the conservation of the site. The walk is free of charge but donations are welcome.

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SUCCESSFUL ‘BEAUTIFUL BURIAL GROUND’ CONFERENCE HELD IN CUMBRIA

29th April 2015

'The Beautiful Burial Ground' conference, organised by the charity Caring for God’s Acre (CfGA), which supports the conservation of burials sites of all kinds, took place at Rydal Hall last week.

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Cherishing Churchyards Week- Why not take part?

28th April 2015

Why not celebrate the beauty of your churchyard or burial site with your local community during National Cherishing Churchyard Week from Saturday 6th June - Sunday 14th June 2015?

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Longden Road Cemetery, Shrewsbury

13thApril 2015

OPPORTUNITY TO HELP WITH PRACTICAL CONSERVATION TASKS AT ONE OF SHREWSBURY’S IMPORTANT CULTURAL AND HISTORIC SITES

Friends of Longden Road cemetery in Shrewsbury, supported by Caring for God’s Acre’s Churchyard Task Team, are inviting local people to help with essential conservation management tasks at the cemetery on Tuesday 21st April. No previous experience of this work is necessary as practical training will be provided. The day will run from 10am until 3pm but any time that people can spare would be appreciated.

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Friends of Longden Road Cemetery Group to be formed

24th November 2014

Caring for God’s Acre and Shropshire Council are working together to set up a Friends of Longden Road Cemetery group. A successful public meeting at the cemetery, attended by over seventy Shrewsbury residents has inspired the two organisations to set up the new Friends group.

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Discover the Plants and Animals of Shrewsbury Cemetery

18th August 2014

Longden Road cemetery in Shrewsbury is the venue for a special event, organised jointly by the charity Caring for God’s Acre and Shropshire Council, on Thursday 11th September, starting at 7pm.

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New Resource for Learning in the Local Environment

7th July 2014

Churchyard and Burial Ground Education pack

The charity Caring for God’s Acre supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Jean Jackson Charitable Trust has created a new resource for teachers and youth leaders, which is available via their website: www.caringforgodsacre.org.uk.

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Longdon Road Cemetery

27th November 2013

Study finds rare species of wildlife at Shrewsbury cemetery

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The conservation charity Caring for God’s Acre (CfGA) and Shropshire Council are working together to highlight and care for the broad range of biodiversity and in some cases rare species that can be found at Longdon Road cemetery in Shrewsbury.

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Churchyards are a haven for Song thrush

November 2013

Thrush song

The Song thrush is becoming a bird of increasing concern to conservationists, as numbers have dropped dramatically since the 1970’s, as shown by the CBC (Common Birds Census) and BBS (Breeding Bird Survey).

 

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“Meadow conservation and the significance of churchyards”

7th November 2013

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 An afternoon with Caring for God’s Acre and Dr. George Peterken OBE

Over 65 people filled the Great Hall at Bishops Palace, Hereford, for the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the conservation charity Caring for God’s Acre and to hear an exciting talk given by respected ecologist Dr. George Peterken.

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BALLERINAS ADORN CHURCHYARDS in AUTUMN

8th October 2013

Ballerinas

Look out now for Pink waxcap fungi, or ballerinas – named thus because of their pink upturned caps like a ballerinas tutu. They are just one type of waxcap amid a rich variety of fungi that can be found scattered across old, short turf grassland of churches, chapel yards and manor houses at this autumnal time of year.

 

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‘THE BEAUTIFUL BURIAL GROUND’ CONFERENCE TO INCLUDE A WEALTH OF ACADEMIC SPEAKERS, OXFORD

18th September 2013

‘Learn simple ways to create a haven for wildlife, for heritage, for people.’

Dr. Harold Mytum, of Liverpool University, is one of many inspiring academics speaking at Caring for God’s Acre’s (CfGA) 'The Beautiful Burial Ground' conference, which is a special one-day event, taking place on Saturday 28th September, at the Thame Barns Centre in the picturesque market town of Thame, Oxfordshire.

 

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SUCCESSFUL ‘BEAUTIFUL BURIAL GROUND’ CONFERENCE, OXFORD

1st October 2013

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Andrea Gilpin - Conference Organiser, Colin Wright - CfGA Chair of Trustees, Glyn Evans - Diocesan Rural Officer,

Sue Cooper - CfGA Manager

 

''The Beautiful Burial Ground' conference, organised by the charity Caring for God’s Acre (CfGA), which took place on Saturday 28th September, at the Thame Barns Centre was a great success with over 70 people attending the one-day event.

 

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Move Swiftly to Help Devil's Birds (Swifts) in Church Towers

3rd July 2013

President: HRH The Prince of Wales

Swifts, once known as the Devil’s bird, spend most of their lives on the wing, only visiting our shores from May to August each year to nest. Now is the time to enjoy watching them soaring on scythe-shaped wings, screaming as they play chase in the Summer skies.  

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Nature Notes for June

13th June 2013 

“Make hay while the sun shines” using an Austrian scythe and a wooden hand- operated hay baler, especially useful for making bales on small areas of land such as churchyards, burial grounds, orchards and small meadows.

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The Beautiful Burial Ground

22nd May 2013

Over 50 people attended ‘The Beautiful Burial Ground Conference’ held Plas Tan Y Bwlch, The Snowdonia National Park Study Centre at Maentwrog on Tuesday.

The conference, organised by the conservation charity Caring for God's Acre drew participants came from across North Wales to hear leading experts in the various aspects of burial ground conservation.

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Royal President for Churchyard Charity

Caring for God’s Acre, the charity for the conservation of churchyards and burial grounds is delighted to announce that HRH The Prince of Wales has agreed to be the charity’s first ever President. They were informed by a letter from Clarence House that His Royal Highness had agreed to become President of Caring for God’s Acre.

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State of Nature Report

A Special Week Dedicated to Cherishing Churchyards can Help Local Wildlife.

The conservation charity Caring for God’s Acre (CfGA) is encouraging people to celebrate their local churchyard during the second week of June (June 8th to June 16th). Churchyards and Burial Grounds are special places at the heart of communities where wildlife and history come together. Veteran yew trees, old flower rich meadowland, tiny lichens and ferns, birds, butterflies and bees all find a home amongst the historic stonework, within the boundaries of the nations churchyards and burials grounds.

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Hundreds of Churchyards and Burial grounds to benefit from new National Project

Conservation charity, Caring for God’s Acre (CfGA), has received confirmation of a grant of £405,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)

It was announced today that CfGA’s national project has received a grant to operate across England and Wales for the next four years to support the conservation of churchyard and burial grounds, including cemeteries, of all faiths and denominations. 

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