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.
The Task Team, made up of volunteers led by conservation officer, Ben Mullen is offering help with practical tasks to local churchyards. To celebrate this a special event is being held to show what is already happening in north Shropshire and to recruit more people to be involved. This free event, which is open to anyone is at Lyneal with Colemere Church on Tuesday evening, 21st June from 6:30pm to 9:00pm. Free refreshments will be available all evening.
Ben Mullen said ‘The event will highlight the conservation work already happening and inspire others to manage their churchyard or burial ground for people and nature.’
In anticipation of a fine evening there’ll be guided walks to look at the lovely wildflowers at Lyneal with Colemere Churchyard and a look at the work done in the woodland to make it a fantastic educational resource
, as well as a place for quite reflection. There’ll be advice and information, including what grants are available for conservation of nature and heritage, how to help bees and how to win the churchyard competition. The event will also launch the proposed Heritage Lottery Project to secure funds for churchyard conservation in north Shropshire. You’ll be able to find out more and register your interest.
The Archdeacon of Lichfield Diocese will open the event at 7pm. A short presentation will celebrate the natural beauty of churchyards and give you an idea of how it could work in your own churchyard.
Caring for God’s Acre and Lichfield Diocese staff will be available to chat to all evening.
The event will end at 9pm with an optional Eco-Evening Prayer.
There’s no need to book for this free event. For more information, email
If you know of a churchyard in north Shropshire that would welcome some tlc you should contact Caring for God’s Acre. Ben said ‘We can help you to care for your churchyard in a sensitive way to benefit people and nature’. Also if you are interested in volunteering with the Team and doing something positive for your local environment whilst meeting new people and learning new skills then please get in touch.