An initiative from Caring for God’s Acre which has created a special week to celebrate churchyards and burial grounds and to raise awareness of the treasures they contain.
Churchyards are special places:
- They often contain a rich diversity of plant and animal life.
- They are important places for archaeology and history.
- They often have distinctive and veteran trees.
- The stonework and boundary walls provide a home for a mosaic of mosses, ferns and lichens.
- They provide a tranquil place for quiet reflection.
- They are a resource for inspiration and community learning.
Churchyards are often within walking distance of local communities and can provide a focus for community involvement.
If you are interested in celebrating your local churchyard or burial ground then go to the Caring for God’s Acre website where you can register your event and importantly find a list of activities you can organise to appeal to all ages. This not only includes information on holding Open Days, organising family activities such as quizzes, a treasure hunt, a mini beast safari, tree bingo, letter or leaf rubbing, making gargoyles out of clay, but also possible workshops such as dry stone walling, memorial safety and care, plant identification, animal identification, dawn chorus, geology, tree care, archaeology, creative writing, art, singing…
And extremely practical, there is also an advice sheet on how to offer really useful jobs for volunteers eg: making compost areas, scything the grass, repairing the boundary walls, memorial recording, bramble clearing, nest box making, path clearing…