Love Your Burial Ground Week

(Formerly known as Cherishing Churchyards week)

Due to the current Government guidelines there are no events that we know of taking place this year. However we look forward to celebrating burial grounds with everyone during this dedicated week NEXT YEAR  Friday 5th – Sunday 14th June 2021

Join us for a special week to celebrate churchyards, chapel yards and burial grounds of all types.

Many churchyards and burial grounds have been valued and loved for hundreds of years. People who are now responsible for their upkeep are part of a long line of generations who have taken up the management baton. But it isn’t easy. The things that make these sites special – lichen encrusted headstones, ancient monuments and species rich grassland, are also things that can give rise to complicated and sometimes contentious management decisions.

In short, being a custodian of a community’s burial ground can be both physically and emotionally demanding (and probably always has been!). This is why our charity began – to support people in the task of keeping burial grounds beautiful, accessible and connected to their communities.

The last point is important – ‘connected to their communities’ and is why we started a dedicated week – national Love your Burial Ground Week (formally Cherishing Churchyards Week) nine years ago. It takes place in the second week of June.

During this week groups run an event (or sometimes five!) to highlight to the wider community the wealth of heritage their unique site contains.

Events in previous years have included teddy bear picnics, family bug hunts, dawn chorus (followed by breakfast!), illustrated talks, wildflower identification, tower tours, family history, memorial recording, volunteer work party sessions and more.

So why not join us next year and celebrate your burial ground?

To register your event as part of National Love Your Burial Ground week, please download and fill out the registration form.

Love Your Burial Ground Week registration form 2021 (pdf) form.

Watch our 3 minute film to find out more, and scroll down for a list of past events.

Past Events (2019)


Saturday 15/6/19 Cherishing Churchyards Open Day – St Cynllo’s Church, Llangynllo, Ceredigion

A chance to view the stunning Gothic church and churchyard of ancient establishment 12.30 – 4.30pm.  Summer buffet, unusual plant sale, exhibitions.  1.30pm talk on Ancient Yews by Janis Fry, acknowledged world authority on ancient Yew trees.

For more information contact Sarah Foster-Russell on or 07751 839979 or visit for details and updates.

Sunday 9/6/19 and Thursday 13/6/19 Falmouth Cemetery – Biography of a Town

Join us on a walk around this beautiful place to learn more about its history and the stories of the many fascinating people buried here – artists, politicians, explorers, soldiers and sailors.

Both walks last about 90 minutes.  Start times are 11am on Sunday 9th June and 5.30pm on Thursday 13th June.  Meet at the main gates on Pennance Road next to the caretaker’s house.

Booking not essential but if possible, please register for free at

FaFalmouth Cemetery bug hunt

Saturday 8/6/19 and Tuesday 11/6/19 Falmouth Cemetery – Bug Hunts & a Bee Walk

Join us to discover the variety of insects to be found in Falmouth’s Victorian cemetery. Nets and pooters will be available for you to explore the cemetery and find some of the fascinating creatures that live there. On Tuesday Bee conservationist, Charlotte Rankin will be leading a bee walk in the cemetery.

No booking necessary.  Saturday 8th June 2pm start, Tuesday 11th June 11am start.  Meet in Tarmac Road/Madeira Walk by the double gated entrance to the lower cemetery and beside the parking space. Postcode TR11 4EB  For more information email

Sunday 09/06/2019 Identify Insects – Beer Cross burial ground, near Okehampton, Devon

Join entomologist John Walters and learn how to identify insects in this semi-wooded burial ground.  10.30am – 1pm.

To book your place ring George on 01588 673041 or email



Saturday 08/06/2019 Biological Recording- Babell Graveyard, Cwmbrwla, Swansea

Join Jo from the Babell Graveyard Project and learn how to record the wildlife found in this once forgotten burial ground.

To book your place ring George on 01588 673041 or email

This event is also running as part of Wales Nature Week (1- 9 June) organised by the Wales Biodiversity Partnership. Visit here to find out more.


St Helens BensonTuesday 18/6/19 Encouraging children to cherish God’s Acre – St Bartholomew Church, Redmarley, Gloucestershire (please note: this event is taking place the week following LYBG week)

Introducing primary school age to the flora of the churchyard and make bird boxes and bug hotels.  3.30 – 5.30pm.  To book a place email 


Sunday 16/6/19 learn more about your local churchyard – St John the Baptist Church, North Baddesley

Please join us for a “Marvelous Monuments” history trail for adults and a “Mini Beast” hunt for children, followed by refreshments.  2pm – 4pm. No booking necessary. For more information email Sally Kerson at the Parish Office at or call 02380 737617.


Tuesday 11/6/2019 Learn to Identify Wild flowers and Plants – St James the Great, Cradley, Herefordshire

Celebrate Love your Burial Ground Week by joining us to learn how to identify wild flowers and plants with plant expert Rob Rowe 10:30-1pm.

To book your place ring George on 01588 673041 or email



Sunday 9/6/19 Explore Herne Churchyard, Herne, Kent

The church and churchyard will be open as part of the Herne & Broomfield Garden Safari (Programmes cost £5 and are available from the Herne Centre, School Lane, Herne, CT6 7AP). Come and explore our churchyard! There will be a treasure hunt for children; they can help with building our insect hotel and other wildlife activities.

Members of our Local History Society will be available from 1pm for guided tours and to talk about the lives of some of the people who are buried in the churchyard. Refreshments will be available.  

Our church service is at 10.00am and you are warmly invited to join us.  No booking necessary, for more information contact Sarah on 07931 380184 or visit


Sunday 9/6/19 & Saturday 15/6/19 Church of the Good Shepherd, Tatham Fells

We would like  to invite you to join us on Sunday 9th June, at our 6.30 p.m. service which will focus on “Caring for God’s Acre”.  There will be refreshments and information in the Old School after the service.

At the end of that week; Saturday 15th June, at 7.30 at the Old School, Tatham Fells, Catherine Mercer, Bee Together Officer, Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT, Clapham) will talk about their various projects. Refreshments. No entry charge, but donations for the YDMT please.


st johns clitheroeLancashire Wildlife Trust ran a great bioblitz with St John’s Church as part of Love your Burial Ground week and St John’s BioBlitz – Summary Report sums up the treasures they found.

St Helens BensonSaturday 8/6/19 St Helens, Benson, Oxfordshire are pleased to be hosting a churchyard festival

The festival starts with a moth trap release at 9am followed by a wildflower walk, bug identification, prayer walk, building a bug hotel and tea and cake.
There will be a service in the church at 1300hrs.


Saturday 15/06/2019 Learn to Identify Wild flowers and Plants – St Andrew’s, Norton, Powys

Come and learn how to identify wild flowers and plants with plant expert Rob Rowe 10:30am – 1pm.  To book your place ring George on 01588 673041 or email

This session is funded by Natural Resources Wales.



Tuesday 11/6/19 Grass cutting and raking at St Mary’s, Hopesay, Shropshire

Our award-wining Churchyard Task Team will be scything and raking the grass as part of their wildflower meadow creation in the churchyard.  10am – 3pm.

For more information contact



Wednesday 12/06/2019 Botanical survey of Longden Road Cemetery, Shrewsbury, Shropshire.

The Friends of Longden Road Cemetery will be carrying out a botanical survey of the old cemetery with plant expert John Handley 10-3pm join up and brush up on your plant id skills.

To book your place ring George on 01588 673041 or email



Thursday 13/6/19 Grass cutting and raking at St Martin’s, Preston Gubbals, Shropshire

Our award-wining Churchyard Task Team will be scything and raking the grass as part of their wildflower meadow creation in the churchyard.  10am – 3pm.

For more information contact




Saturday 8/6/19 Clifton Compville Country Fair & Open Church and Churchyard, Clifton Compville, Staffordshire

Country Fair on the Green with all day programme of events.  Church Cafe, competitions, stalls and displays.  Church and Churchyard Trail.  10.45 – 5pm.

No booking necessary.  for more information contact Mrs Sarah Ennis, churchwarden on 01827 898108.


Saturday 15/6/19 to Sunday 16/6/19 – Churchyard Activity Day, 24 hour event, St Editha’s Church, Church Eaton, Staffordshire

24 hours in the churchyard investigating the flora and fauna by day and by night.  Activities throughout the day, BBQ, afternoon tea and breakfast. 10am Saturday to 10am Sunday.

For more information contact Julie Howarth on or 07770 838884



St Michaels LichfieldSaturday 15/6/2019 Bioblitz – St Michael’s Churchyard, Lichfield, Staffordshire

A day of wildlife activities, including mammal trapping, bug and fungi hunts, looking for wildflowers and birds, tree walk and more!

No booking necessary.  For more information, and to view the timetable, visit this page, or contact Ray Allen on 01543 251654 or email 


Saturday 15/6/2019 Friends of St Peter’s Church Annual Day – St Peter’s, Stonnall, Staffordshire

Join us for a short service at 3pm, celebrating the church members and village residents who contribute to the upkeep of the churchyard. Ann Black will talk about the churchyard, which received a silver award last year from the Diocese and in 2019 has been Highly Commended by the Best Kept Village competition.

The afternoon concludes with a Strawberry Tea at about 3.45pm.  For more information contact Ann Black on or 01543 377565

Wednesday 12/6/19 Explore Sunderland Minster Churchyard

Join the Bishopwearmouth Townscape Heritage Officer for a tour of the historic churchyard of St Michael’s & All Angels Church, now Sunderland Minster. 2 -3pm.

Booking preferred but not essential, for more information contact Judith Miller on 0191 561 7892    This event is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund  


 Thursday 13/06/2019 Learn to Identify Wild flowers and Plants – All Saints, Slingsby, Yorkshire

Celebrate Love your Burial Ground Week by joining us to learn how to identify wild flowers and plants with plant expert John O’Reilly, 11am – 2pm.

To book your place ring George on 01588 673041 or email

Thursday 13/06/2019 After School Wildlife Hunt – All Saints, Slingsby, Yorkshire

Call in to Slingsby Churchyard after school and help us explore and discover what wildlife can be found 3.30-4.30pm.

Children must be accompanied. No booking necessary.