Burial grounds are found across Britain in almost every community. They range from large Victorian city cemeteries to small rural medieval churchyards, spanning different cultures, religions and centuries.
There are about 20,000 burial grounds in the UK and they contain a fantastic wealth of biodiversity and history. They are refuges for wildlife and stepping stones of habitat within our increasingly nature deprived landscape.
Caring for God’s Acre is a non-religious Charity dedicated to conserving and celebrating burial grounds and encouraging a holistic approach to management. As well as being a place for people, burial grounds can also be a haven for wildlife.
We are working towards:
We encourage and advise burial ground managers from all types of burial ground about site management for nature conservation. In order to protect wildlife we need to know what is there so we encourage volunteers to survey and record.
Burial grounds are unrivalled for the wealth of built heritage and social history they contain. We encourage appropriate management of heritage and the appreciation and surveying of monuments. Good management of a site creates a haven for wildlife without losing accessibility to the built heritage.
Nestled in communities, great accessibility, full of interest; burial grounds are a fantastic resource for communities to use and enjoy. We encourage the involvement of local volunteers, and the use of sites for events and learning.
Harriet Carty, Director
Andrea Gilpin, Development Officer
Ferol Richards, Administrator
Ben Mullen, Volunteer Co-ordinator
Oliver Goode (Chairman)
Dr Ian Dormor (Vice Chairman)
Keith Wilson (Treasurer)
Lisette Davies (Hon Secretary)
HRH The Prince of Wales
Sir Roy Strong CH
Prof David Bellamy OBE
Lawrence Banks CBE
The Rt Rev'd Dr Alan Smith, Bishop of St Albans
Dr George Peterken OBE
Prof Chris Baines