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Opening the Ark

Funder: National Lottery Heritage Fund/Green Recovery Challenge Fund
Project Duration – November 2021 – March 2023

Opening the Ark has been launched throughout the Shropshire Hills AONB area which will see the fantastic biodiversity found within churchyards and cemeteries spreading back out into our towns, villages, verges, gardens and school grounds. 

Burial grounds contain our oldest trees, our rarest lichens and fungi, and precious wildflower meadows, which are in serious decline throughout the UK. Opening the Ark will plan, organise, manage and deliver a programme of activities and public facing events with a specific focus on nature-based volunteer involvement and participation which will go towards reversing this trend of habitat loss and species decline.

Opening the Ark project activities will include:

  • Focus on 26 specific churchyards and surrounding communities throughout the AONB area
  • Work with a wide range of volunteers to improve the biodiversity within burial grounds and to radiate that biodiversity out to the wider community
  • Provide education opportunities for children and for adults alike
  • Organise a number of public talks and awareness events
  • Plan up to 8 nature discovery days at burial ground hubs featuring environmental art, bug hunts, nature walks and other activities which celebrate nature in our community
  • Provide a programme of heritage based conservation tasks for volunteers
  • Assist burial ground managers to produce a Management Plan for their site

For further information contact Kirsty Stevens, Opening the Ark Project Officer [email protected]

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