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The Beautiful Burial Ground Project

Funder: National Lottery Heritage Fund
Project Duration – May 2018 – May 2022
This project will put burial grounds across England and Wales on the map by revealing their hidden heritage and importance to biodiversity. The project will inspire, engage and support interest groups, communities and individuals to learn about, research and survey the natural, built and social heritage of their local burial grounds by;
  1. Offering at least 96 training events to budding recorders all over the England and Wales in biodiversity, social and built heritage of churchyards, chapel yards and burial grounds.
  2. Providing opportunities for families, those with mental health issues and those with mobility issues and physical disabilities to be inspired about the heritage contained in burial grounds through at least 83 activities, many in partnership with local and national organisations.
  3. Collecting and collating data to demonstrate the importance of burial grounds for biodiversity and make that data accessible through the National Biodiversity Network Atlas and the Church Heritage Record/Church in Wales data systems.
  4. Encouraging communities to value their burial grounds as places that tell us about our social history and as refuges for wildlife through the provision of a variety of resources such as short films, toolkits and pop ups.

For further information contact Harriet Carty, BBG Project Manager