Caring for God’s Acre National Project

Funded by Heritage Lottery Fund  

The four year National Project ran from 2012 - 2016. It encouraged and supported people to conserve churchyards and burial grounds across England and Wales. 

For a sumary of how the project went click HERE.

National Project comprised:

  • 15 one-day regional conferences – For people managing churchyards/burial grounds/cemeteries across all denominations and non faith based sites, delivered in partnership with local organisations and covering the natural and built heritage (community involvement, memorial care, genealogy, tree care, grassland management, interpretation, health and safety etc).
  • 15 case studies – Fifteen churchyards/burial grounds will feature as case studies representing various conservation and heritage priorities and issues.
  • 30 specialist heritage skills training days – Training in heritage related skills (e.g. dry stone walling, hedgelaying, scything, biological recording) based in churchyards and burial sites.
  • Advice materials. On the web and hard copy. A Conservation Action Pack in hard copy and individual sheets available as downloads.
  • Help line – Manned every Monday for people managing their churchyards or burial grounds.
  • Promotion of National Cherishing Churchyard Week - Helping anyone wishing to run a special event in their local churchyard.
  • Website and E-newsletter – For publicity of case studies, training materials, other organisations’ initiatives, conservation information, events during Cherishing Churchyards Week etc.
  • Teacher’s Pack – To encourage and support Primary School teachers to make use of these sites for school study.

The project was funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund, The Jean Jackson Charitable Trust, Patsy Wood Trust and Paul Getty Jnr Charity Trust.

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