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Volunteering with the churchyard conservation task team

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Volunteering with the churchyard conservation task team

Everyone is welcome to help and you don’t have to be religious or a church goer. As long as you are fairly fit and active there’ll be something for you to do. Volunteering is a good way to keep fit and active and you don’t need any specialist skills, just enthusiasm and a willingness to help conserve nature and heritage. You’ll get the chance to be involved in a variety of conservation tasks, gaining experience and learning new skills.

If you’re unsure give us a call or email and we can answer your questions. 

What we will offer

We will give you training and guidance so you can do the tasks safely and provide any tools or protective equipment you’ll need. We run regular dry stone wall and scything training courses so you can learn to do those. If you have to travel we’ll reimburse your expenses. If you don’t have transport or can’t get to our task days we can arrange a lift for you.

Click HERE to find out what you’ll do as a volunteer 

Churchyard Task Team

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  • Conserve nature and heritage in churchyards

  • Use your skills and learn new ones

  • Keep fit and active in the fresh air

  • Enjoy beautiful surroundings in good company

  • Meet new people & be a part of your community 

Everybody is welcome ...

Churchyard Task Team Programme  - the latest programme is now available to download in Word document format, click on the link to download:  Work Programme

The Churchyard Task Team

The Churchyard Task Team is made up of volunteers who help conserve the heritage and nature within churchyards across Shropshire with the help of local communities. We are well established in the south of Shropshire and in 2016 we’ll be covering the whole of the county. We are looking for new volunteers and churchyards in north Shropshire right now!

Click HERE if you’re thinking of volunteering with us 

Click HERE if you have a churchyard or burial ground that could benefit from a task team visit 

How to Volunteer with Us

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How to volunteer with us.

Call or email to find out more. You’ll need to register by filling out a questionnaire so we know a little more about you. You can email or post it to us. The programme will show you where we’ll be each week so you can come along for a taster day and see if it’s for you.

Volunteer registration form, Click HERE

For more information

Contact Ben Mullen, the churchyard task team co-ordinator 01588 673041

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What will you do as a volunteer?

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What will you do as a volunteer? 

You’ll be involved in a variety of conservation tasks. We do a lot of grassland management which involves scything, raking and making hay with our manual hay baler. You could be pruning bushes and shrubs, cutting back overgrown vegetation or building compost bins to compost all the cuttings! In winter you might get the chance to lay churchyard hedges, learning this old technique that rejuvenates and restore natural boundaries. We plant and maintain new hedges and look after ancient trees by clearing competing vegetation, for example by bramble bashing. We’ve restored and rebuilt many dry stone walls by offering training courses. We help make wildlife homes with habitat piles, hibernacula and bug hotels. Have a look at the programme to find out what we doing this year.  

 

 

A typical day 

We usually go out on Tuesday in south Shropshire and on Wednesday in north Shropshire. Look out too for our Saturday task days. We start at 10am and finish by 3pm. It’s a good idea to bring food and drink although we are usually provided with hot and cold drinks, cakes and biscuits and sometimes lunch by the church. You can do as much as you feel comfortable with and stay as long as you like. We always have a variety of different tasks so there’s always something you can do.  

Click HERE to find out how to volunteer with us.

The task team can help with

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The task team can help with  

Helping Churchyards and burial grounds 

If you have or know a churchyard in Shropshire that would welcome some TLC please contact us. We can give advice on encouraging nature in your churchyard and making it more of a community used space. We can visit with the task team to help you carry out practical conservation work. We can help with dry stone walls, grassland management, general maintenance, hedgerows, overgrown areas and establishing nature areas both practically and with advice. 

For more information 

Contact Ben Mullen, the churchyard task team co-ordinator 01588 673041  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

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