Cherishing Churchyards

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Cherishing Churchyards

Saturday 9th June – Sun 17th June 2018

David Curry writes ...

Are you interested in celebrating your local churchyard or burial ground? Then join us for a special week to celebrate churchyards and burial grounds and to raise awareness of the treasures they contain.

Devon’s 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.

Examples of activities include:

For families: A quiz, a treasure hunt, a mini beast safari, tree bingo, letter or leaf rubbing, making gargoyles out of clay…

Open days: guided tours, slide talks, tower tours...

Volunteer activities: making compost areas, scything the grass, repairing the boundary walls, memorial recording, bramble clearing, nest box making, path clearing…

Workshops: plant identification, animal identification, dawn chorus, geology, tree care, archaeology, creative writing, art.

Please visit “Caring for God’s Acre” website on Conservation Advice/Advice Sheets for Download if you feel the following information may be useful:

  • Activities for Young People
  • Attracting Volunteers
  • Health & Safety Information
  • Cherishing Churchyard Logo

If you would like to register your event as part of National Cherishing Churchyards week, please contact David Curry Email: