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A joint project with the University of the Third Age (U3A)

12th July 2021

All Saints Church in Wokingham, Berkshire, has a major initiative underway to develop into an accessible and flexible community meeting space while retaining its role as a place of worship. A key aspect of this project is creating a centre for discovering and appreciating the heritage of the church and the town. The history of the […]

Georgians in Stone

28th April 2021

In 2019 the P.C.C of St John the Baptist in Bishop’s Castle, Shropshire was awarded a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to discover and share the secrets of Georgian history in Bishop’s Castle, a notorious Rotten Borough with an unusual number of beautiful monuments from the period within the churchyard. This project included […]

14th century lockdown – the life of an Anchoress

8th March 2021

The modern idea of anchorites in the medieval period is that they were recluses who were bricked up into a cell, never to see light of day or have any conversation with humans again. The truth is surprisingly different, in that certainly by the fourteenth century, anchorites – or anchoresses as I will refer to […]

The Story of a hand hay baler

6th August 2020

Exactly a year ago we were contacted at the Caring for God’s Acre office by a gentleman who was impressed by the YouTube video of our hand hay baler, but couldn’t find the plans on our website.  We got back to him to say that we were concerned that the plans that we had on […]

Dancing with Bees at the Caring for God’s Acre AGM!

4th September 2019

AGM Tuesday 12th of November 1.30pm the Bishop’s Palace, Hereford Dancing with Bees This year we are delighted to welcome Brigit Strawbridge Howard to our AGM where she will give an illustrated talk on the wonderful world of bees. Brigit is a naturalist, wildlife gardener, bee advocate and has just released her book ‘Dancing with […]

Swallows, House Martins and Swifts – Birds of summer that need our buildings

9th May 2019

Guest blog post written by Peta Sams from Shropshire Swift Group The saying “One Swallow doesn’t make a summer” may, literally, have been disproved this year!  Certainly the very hot days over the Easter holiday has made it feel like as though we have moved to summer and spring has now gone. I saw my […]

Hedgehogs in burial grounds

9th May 2019

Guest blog post by Hugh Warwick, Ecologist, Writer and Communications Officer for the British Hedgehog Preservation Society The graveyard on North Ronaldsay is, like the island, fairly small. The drystone wall surrounds the upright head stones – giving some protection from the wind that is a very constant companion on this, the most northerly of […]

Yellow Rattle – guest blog post by Nick Mann, Director of Habitat Aid

5th March 2019

Yellow Rattle, Rhinanthus minor Yellow Rattle, or Hay Rattle, or Cockscomb, used to be a common plant of short grassland. The rattle of its delicate disc like seeds was traditionally a harbinger of the harvest. It’s a pretty annual wildflower and is still found across the UK, including Highland Machair. We think there are at least […]

Finding the plot with Shropshire Archives – a guest post by Marie Kreft

8th January 2019

When I began researching my Shropshire guidebook, I didn’t realise how much I’d grow to love churches. Trying new pubs and tea rooms was always going to be fun. I knew exploring hillforts, castles and forests would feel exhilarating. And I think most writers would find inspiration in old maps and local stories. It was […]

We need your vote!

23rd October 2018

Making short films to support burial ground volunteers We are appealing to our partners and supporters (who understand the challenge of managing burial grounds!), to vote for our project in the Aviva Community Fund competition. https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/4-2216

Royal Honour for Churchyard Task Team

1st August 2018

Eleven years ago Caring for God’s Acre set up the Churchyard Task Team to undertake practical conservation work across South Shropshire and Herefordshire. Since then the team has gone from strength to strength and has undertaken an amazing 30,000 hrs of conservation work in local burial grounds. This June the team received the Queen’s Award […]