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Devon's Living Churchyards

posted 22 Jul 2013, 05:56 by Martyn Goss
On the hottest Saturday of the year over fifty people came to the Old Deanery to take part in a “Devon’s Living Churchyards’ workshop.


The day was divided into three parts, with a visit to St Bartholomew church yard, a ten minute walk away, now closed, where the Devon Wild Life Trust are endeavouring with the help of the local community to turn the site into a “Living Churchyard,” encouraging wild flowers, and wildlife They are delighted that the area has encouraged a pair of nesting Kestrels, the smallest of bugs and insects, wild life and wild flowers.. Emily Stallworthy, Terrestrial Conservation Officer and George a volunteer from The Devon Wild Trust explained how the project was slowly evolving.


Back at the old Deanery Emily’s power point presentation showed how easily many small projects could be achieved in churchyards. From wild flower areas, to small boggy areas, with bird boxes, bat boxes, and homes for bees and insects made out of old crates and bottles. All participants were given large packs of information to take away.


Over lunch, as asked, many present brought pictures of wonderful examples of what was happening in their churchyards. There was a sharing of good ideas which sent everyone went home enthused about their churchyards ready to start new projects


Through out the day Emily, George, David Hogan [a soil expert] and myself were on hand to answer the many and varied questions.


 As the day was such a success were are hoping to hold other workshops in different parts of the diocese using local churches as good examples.


Sue Tucker

Rural Officer