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Beautiful Burial Ground Project

22nd May 2018

We are delighted to announce that the National Lottery has awarded Caring for God’s Acre a £586,700 grant for the Beautiful Burial Ground Project.

This project will put burial grounds on the map, by revealing the hidden heritage and wildlife of burial grounds across England and Wales.

Citizen scientists will be at the heart of the activity.

We will:

  • Create a bespoke database with interactive map where individual burial sites can be mapped, linking biological records to a particular site, easily accessed by all and linked to other national heritage databases.
  • Encourage citizen science, historical and cultural recording and research to give a holistic picture of the range of heritage present.
  • Support people new to this type of recording are via events, workshops, online films and information.

By creating a lasting and accessible record of the built heritage, social history and biodiversity of thousands of these precious community sites, the project aims to encourage more people to visit them, and ensure they are cared for into the future.

During development the project received much support from existing volunteer recorders along with many heritage organisations including the National Biodiversity Network Trust, the Church in Wales, the Church of England, Historic England and Natural England. Caring for God’s Acre will now start working with these and over 40 other partner organisations across England and Wales to deliver this ambitious initiative.

The four-year project begins now.

Thank you Heritage Lottery Fund and all the players of the National Lottery for supporting us!