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Cherishing our Churchyards

posted 22 May 2018, 06:37 by Martyn Goss

Saturday 9th June – Sun 17th June 2018

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: