Love Your Burial Ground Week
(Formerly known as Cherishing Churchyards week)
In 2020 we were not able to get together so we are very much looking forward to celebrating burial grounds with everyone in 2021. Please join in with this dedicated week which lasts from Saturday 5th to Sunday 13th June. In addition we are starting a special partnership with the Church of England and A Rocha, called Churches Count on Nature.
Together we are asking that churches use Love Your Burial Ground Week as a springboard to start recording the wildlife within their churchyards. So, if you fancy running a wildlife spotting event in Love Your Burial Ground Week then please join in with Churches Count on Nature so that we can see how popular this is. Please fill in this form to register your interest and we will send you more information nearer to the time.
If you are planning a different type of event or celebration; a history walk, a community picnic or a conservation task perhaps, then please join in with Love Your Burial Ground Week as usual and fill in the form below to express your interest:
You can also download Love Your Burial Ground Week registration form 2021 (pdf) form and return it to us.
Whatever you are planning, please take part, let us know and join us for this special week to celebrate churchyards, chapel yards, cemeteries 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?
Watch our 3 minute film below to find out more, and scroll down for a list of past events.
Click through some of the past events that people have held for ‘Love Your Burial Ground’ week.
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