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Biodiversity Hotspots across Wales Project

Prosiect Llecynnau Pwysig i Fioamrywiaeth ledled Cymru
burial grounds

Thanks to support from Natural Resources Wales we are able to offer a range of free services to burial ground managers until March 2023 including webinars, in person meet ups, support in writing management briefs, virtual visits and grassland surveys. At the end of the webinar we can chat about how we can help you.

*Some aspects of support such as site visits and surveys are restricted to Wrexham, Flintshire, Denbighshire, Ceredigion and Powys.

Those who are involved the Hotspots project can see the webinars again on the Community Forum site here
Caring for your ancient and veteran trees, Autumn 2021 date tba

Find out how to care for your ancient trees. This webinar will particularly focus on Yew trees – Welsh burial grounds are the Noah’s ark for ancient yews on a world scale! This webinar will be run by an expert in caring for ancient trees.

The Project
Are you involved in looking after a churchyard or burial ground?
Does the sound of having a 3 year plan that is realistic for your resources and appropriate for your site sound appealing?
Would you like more support in making the right management decisions?
If you are in any of these five counties – Wrexham, Flintshire, Denbighshire, Ceredigion or Powys then our Hotspots project can help.

There are hundreds of burial grounds in the areas this project covers. Each is nestled in the heart of communities – both emotionally and geographically. Although sites are diverse – ranging from small rural church and chapel yards to large urban cemeteries, they have important ecological features in common:

  • Nearly all contain species rich semi-natural grassland;
  • For most areas this fragment is the only remnant of semi-natural grassland found within the locality;
  • They provide refuge for many species but many sites are suffering from under management and the loss of biodiversity is taking place;
  • Most sites have ancient and veteran yews that need care;
  • Invasive non-native species, such as Japanese knotweed, are an increasing issue.

How the project can help

The purpose of this project is to work with groups managing burial grounds across selected areas of Wales to help preserve and enhance their flower rich grassland and engage the wider community. Thanks to support from Natural Resources Wales we are able to offer a range of free services to burial ground managers.

Groups involved will be able to:

  1. Receive free training on a variety of topics such as grassland management, involving the community, species surveying, looking after veteran trees, writing a management brief;
  2. Have a grassland survey undertaken of your burial ground (limited number of places for this!);
  3. Enjoy a supportive network of peer to peer support with input from specialists;
  4. Have access to our new improved advice materials;
  5. Have a base map of your site to help you create your own Management Brief;
  6. Receive support in writing a Management Brief for your site. Management Briefs can help you plan your management so it is appropriate for your site and realistic for your resources. Briefs can really help when making an application to funding bodies too!
  7. Receive advice on your ancient/veteran trees (our resources for this will concentrate in Wrexham, Flintshire and Denbighshire)
  8. Have your site showcased as a best practice site or case studies for others to be inspired by and learn from.
For more information or to benefit from the project, contact Mick Clifton, Project Manager at mick@cfga.org.uk.