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?
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 in the heart of our communities.
For instance a rich diversity of plant and animal life can be discovered in burial sites and they often contain distinctive and veteran trees such as Yew trees, the oldest living things in Britain. The stonework of the memorials and boundary walls provides a home for a mosaic of mosses, ferns and lichens. Burial sites are also important places for archaeology and history, providing an accessible resource for community learning. Most important of all - they provide a tranquil place for remembrance and quiet reflection.
Events offered during Cherishing Churchyards Week could include activities for families such asa quiz, a mini beast safari, tree bingo, letter or leaf rubbing, making gargoyles out of clay. Open days could be held with guided tours. Volunteer activity days suchasmaking compost areas, scything grass, memorial recording, bramble clearing, nest box making. Special workshops could be organised indry stone walling, memorial safety and care, plant identification, geology, tree care or creative writing and art.
Caring for God’s Acre’s website at ww.caringforgodsacre.org.uk has a wealth of information to support Cherishing Churchyards Week. Visit Conservation Advice/Advice Sheets for Download section on the website for information on activities for young people, how to attract volunteers, health and safety and the special Cherishing Churchyards Logo
‘There’s no better way of involving people, young and old, than through events with a difference such as those you an put on during this special week,’ said Andrea Gilpin, Cherishing Churchyards Week Coordinator
Cherishing Churchyards Week is supported by CfGA’s Heritage Lottery (HLF) funded National Project, which is working its way across England and Wales running conferences and training events in fifteen different regions.
For further information on Cherishing Churchyards Week or the work of the charity, Caring for God’s Acre, take a look at www.caringforgodsacre.org.uk