Webinars

Our very popular series of webinars is back for the Autumn – see below and don’t forget to book your tickets!
The webinars are free, but donations are gratefully received. 
Or you may like to support us by joining Caring for God’s Acre and receive a free introductory pack.

Reptiles and amphibians are difficult to see in the wild. During this webinar Barry explains how to tell them apart,  their basic biology and habitat requirements and  explains how, when and where to see them and the positive steps  you take  to encourage these fascinating but  often misunderstood animals  into your garden or churchyard.

About our speaker: Barry has worked for over 20 years in the conservation of the UKs native reptiles and amphibians, and provides advice on the  preservation, creation and management  of wildlife habitats.




Cemeteries are great places to look for fungi.

From neatly mown lawns to gnarled ancient trees, and from overgrown scrub to gravestones, fungi of all shapes, sizes and colours can pop up. Many of these have become rare or endangered across the British countryside and cemeteries can provide a vital refuge for their survival. This webinar will outline why this is, what you could do to help them and it will introduce you to some of the wonderful fungi that you might come across in a cemetery.

About the speaker: Bruce Langridge is the Head of Interpretation at the National Botanic Garden of Wales. He's been running fungi guided walks for 15 years, surveyed Carmarthenshire's waxcap rich cemeteries,  manages a pasture of international importance for grassland fungi and in 2011, co-conceived a Wales Fungus Day which later grew into UK Fungus Day.


Caring for God's Acre is holding its AGM on Tuesday 9th November at 7pm. The AGM business will be brief and will be followed by a talk by Sheldon Goodman of Cemetery Club

'The Original Garden Cemetery'

Pere Lachaise, in Paris, is often considered the finest cemetery on earth. And with good reason. Jim Morrison, Sarah Bernhardt, Ellen Gray and more rest in this beautiful City of the Dead.

So join Sheldon as he takes you around what's often considered the template for the likes of Highgate, Mount Auburn and La Recoleta cemeteries to explore some wonderful social history, tombs and monuments.

Please note there is a charge of £5 for non-members of Caring for God's Acre

The Ancient Tree Inventory (ATI) is a citizen science project that asks everyone to help us map the locations of the UK's most special trees. So far we have recorded over 180,000 trees to the ATI, but there are many more waiting to be recorded. Join us for this 1 hour webinar, led by Tom Reed (Woodland Trust) who will give an introduction to identifying ancient and veteran trees, as well as how to record them to the project's website. For more information about the project prior to the talk (or to browse the interactive map of trees) then please visit the ATI website via this link https://ati.woodlandtrust.org.uk/

About the speaker: Tom Reed works for the Woodland Trust as the citizen science officer for the Ancient Tree Inventory. This includes supporting recorders and volunteers that regularly record trees for the project.


In fifteenth-century Norfolk, a rector and Master of Corpus Christi College in Cambridge, bequeathed camping-land to his local parish for playing games, such as running and shooting. And this was far from an isolated event. Dances, dogs, football, bartering, trading, courting and gossiping: not how one would typically describe the everyday happenings of the medieval church—but this is no incorrect picture. Throughout the past, our ecclesiastical buildings and lands have been used for a multitude of what we may term “secular” activities or, at least, non-specifically devotional purposes. While the church was of course the holiest of places, ecclesiastical property was not often considered an entirely separate and sacred world—but rather a domain where the secular and sacred crossed paths. In this talk, we will consider an array of these fascinating and sometimes frankly shocking examples. It hopes to be a captivating adventure into the intersecting world of the cultural and religious history of medieval Christendom—one you may not have been privy to before.

About our speaker: Dr. Emma J. Wells, is lecturer in Ecclesiastical and Architectural History at the University of York. Her first book Pilgrim Routes of the British Isles was published in 2016, and her next, Heaven on Earth: The Lives & Legacies of the World’s Greatest Cathedrals, is out in May 2021 and published by Head of Zeus.


Anchoresses made vows to be shut in to an enclosed space for the duration of their lives. Find out why and how their lives were lived.

The anchoress was a medieval phenomenon - a woman who volunteered to be enclosed in a small space, usually attached to a church, and vowed to stay there for the remainder of her life. It was a life of hardship and nowadays no-one would do it. In this webinar we will explain what was behind their choices and how their lives were actually far from the lonely existence that is often portrayed.

About the speaker: Anna Wilde holds a Master's degree in Death, Religion and Culture and is studying for a PhD at University of Birmingham, part time. She also works part time for Caring for God's Acre where she is a project support officer.