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Biodiversity Hotspots across Wales Project

Prosiect Llecynnau Pwysig i Fioamrywiaeth ledled Cymru
burial grounds

Thanks to funding from Natural Resources Wales we are able to offer a range of support to people involved in managing their burial ground. The project runs until March 2023. Support includes webinars, in person meet ups, support in writing management briefs, virtual visits and grassland surveys.

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

We have held a series of webinars that are available on our Hotspots Community Forum site for people to watch/re watch.

The webinars available are:
1. What’s so Special about Burial Grounds
2. Blooming and Beautiful – managing for wildflowers
3. The Five Steps – creating a management brief
4. Involving Volunteers
5. Involving the Community
6. Identifying Wildflowers

Those who have registered for the Hotspots project can see the webinars again on the Community Forum site here The forum also contains comprehensive handouts relating to each topic and a space to ask questions and network.

Recieve support…
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 [email protected].