‘Learn simple ways to create a haven for wildlife, for heritage, for people.’ 'The Beautiful Burial Ground' conference is a special one-day event organised by the charity Caring for God’s Acre (CfGA), which will take place on Wednesday 10th June at Horstead Tithebarn in Norfolk.
The Beautiful Burial Ground conference if for anyone involved with or interested in the care and conservation of church and chapel yards, cemeteries, crematoria and green burial grounds. The event may also be of interest to naturalists, historians, educationalists and community workers.
A host of different speakers and organisations will be at the conference to give advice and information through key note speeches and workshops.
Caring for God’s Acre is enlisting support for the conference from experts such as David North of Norfolk Wildlife Trust who will talk about the importance of churchyards as part of a living landscape. Matthew Mcdade for the Norwich Diocese Advisory Committee will talk about caring for built heritage in burial grounds. Mark Shopland of Friends of Rosary Cemetery will talk about the work that volunteers are doing there.
CfGA staff and others will run workshops on a variety of topics from managing grassland for conservation, surveying and recording stonework, enhancing burial sites for wildlife, raising funds and recruiting volunteers. John Tierney of the Historic Graves Project will run a workshop on the simple steps to surveying memorials and Sam Neal of Norfolk Biodiversity Information Service will talk about wildlife recording and why it is important to record in burial sites. There will also be an opportunity to see displays and talk to people from other conservation organisations.
Sue Cooper, the manager of Caring for God’s Acre, said ‘Old burial sites have remained virtually unchanged for generations allowing plants and animals to flourish alongside the historic monuments and memorials, creating valuable living sanctuaries within the heart of our communities ’.
Caring for God's Acre champions the conservation of burial sites of all kinds. It is a membership charity, which individuals and community groups are welcome to join.