Cherishing Churchyards Week

Cherishing Churchyards Week- Let’s celebrate?

Saturday 4th June - Sunday 12th June 2016

Celebrations are taking place next week in churchyards across the country for National Cherishing Churchyard Week

Caring for God’s Acre, the charity dedicated to the conservation of burial sites of all kinds is promoting National Cherishing Churchyards Week and helping people to organise events which celebrate these special places at the heart of our communities.

For instance a rich diversity of plant and animal life can be discovered in burial sites and they often contain distinctive and veteran trees such as Yew trees, the oldest living things in Britain. The stonework of the memorials and boundary walls provides a home for a mosaic of mosses, ferns and lichens. Burial sites are also important places for archaeology and history, providing an accessible resource for community learning. Most important of all - they provide a tranquil place for remembrance and quiet reflection.

Events on offer during Cherishing Churchyards Week range from flower-rich churchyards taking part in village gardens open to guided tours, trails and quizzes. To see all the week’s events go to

It’s not too late to celebrate; go to Caring for God’s Acre’s website at where there is a wealth of information to support Cherishing Churchyards Week including suggestions for children’s activities, how to attract volunteers, health and safety - And the special Cherishing Churchyards Logo.

‘There’s no better way of involving people, young and old, than through events with a difference such as those you can put on during this special week,’ said Andrea Gilpin, Cherishing Churchyards Week Coordinator

Cherishing Churchyards Week is supported by CfGA’s Heritage Lottery (HLF) funded National Project, which is working its way across England and Wales running conferences and training events in fifteen different regions.

For further information on Cherishing Churchyards Week or the work of the charity, Caring for God’s Acre, take a look at  

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