The conservation charity Caring for God’s Acre (CfGA) is working with the film company Wild Edric Media to make a documentary style film about the beauty and interest that exists in our church and chapel yards, cemeteries and burial grounds. The filming project is funded by The Heritage Lottery as part of CfGA’s National Project.
The film will be available free of charge on a DVD and from the internet. Its aim is to inspire people to realise what wonderful places these are and to encourage conservation activity. It will be of interest to groups such as religious groups, nature conservation and history groups, schools and colleges.
Dr Paul Evans, Country Diary writer and broadcaster is writing the script and featuring in the film. Dr George Peterken OBE, renowned ecologist, is also featured giving his thoughts on the amazing flora and fauna contained within burial sites, making them ‘Living Sanctuaries’ for wildlife.
The Director of Jewish Heritage, Dr Sharman Kadish was filmed at Crumpsall Jewish cemetery in Manchester talking about the history of immigration and the interest of the monuments and memorials found in Jewish burial grounds.
Dr Harold Mytum, author of the book Recording and Analysing Graveyards features in the film at Toxteth Park cemetery, Liverpool where he explains about memorials and their history, symbology, inscriptions and monument recording.
Amongst other things there are shots of volunteers working in burial sites and taking part in traditional skills such as repairing boundary stone walls and scything meadow grassland.
The film will be ready for distribution in early Spring 2015