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Love Your Burial Ground Week

(Formerly known as Cherishing Churchyards week)

Saturday 8th June – Sun 16th June 2019

Join us for a special week to celebrate churchyards, chapel yards and burial grounds of all types.

Many churchyards and burial grounds have been valued and loved for hundreds of years. People who are now responsible for their upkeep are part of a long line of generations who have taken up the management baton. But it isn’t easy. The things that make these sites special – lichen encrusted headstones, ancient monuments and species rich grassland, are also things that can give rise to complicated and sometimes contentious management decisions.

In short, being a custodian of a community’s burial ground can be both physically and emotionally demanding (and probably always has been!). This is why our charity began – to support people in the task of keeping burial grounds beautiful, accessible and connected to their communities.

The last point is important – ‘connected to their communities’ and is why we started a dedicated week – national Love your Burial Ground Week (formally Cherishing Churchyards Week) nine years ago. It takes place in the second week of June.

During this week groups run an event (or sometimes five!) to highlight to the wider community the wealth of heritage their unique site contains.

Events in previous years have included teddy bear picnics, family bug hunts, dawn chorus (followed by breakfast!), illustrated talks, wildflower identification, tower tours, family history, memorial recording, volunteer work party sessions and more.

So why not join us this year and celebrate your burial ground?

To register your event as part of National Love Your Burial Ground week, please download and fill out the registration form.  Love Your Burial Ground Week registration form 2019

 

Watch our 3 minute film to find out more, and scroll down for the registration form and logo or for a list of the events.

 

 

Events

Devon

09/06/2019 Identify Insects – Beer Cross burial ground, near Okehampton, Devon

Join entomologist John Walters and learn how to identify insects in this semi-wooded burial ground.  10.30am – 1pm.  To book your place ring George on 01588 673041 or email george@cfga.org.uk

       
                           
Glamorgan
08/06/2019 Biological Recording- Babell Graveyard, Cwmbrwla, Swansea

Join Jo from the Babell Graveyard Project and learn how to record the wildlife found in this once forgotten burial ground. To book your place ring George on 01588 673041 or email george@cfga.org.uk

 

 

gloucestershire
St Helens Benson18/6/19 Encouraging children to cherish God’s Acre – St Bartholomew Church, Redmarley, Gloucestershire (please note: this event is taking place the week following LYBG week)

Introducing primary school age to the flora of the churchyard and make bird boxes and bug hotels.  3.30 – 5.30pm.  To book a place email foxes_hollow@btinternet.com 

 

HEREfordshire     
11/6/2019 Learn to Identify Wild flowers and Plants – St James the Great, Cradley, Herefordshire

Celebrate Love your Burial Ground Week by joining us to learn how to identify wild flowers and plants with plant expert Rob Rowe 10:30-1pm.  To book your place ring George on 01588 673041 or email george@cfga.org.uk

 

 

 

oxfordshire
St Helens Benson8/6/19 St Helens, Benson, Oxfordshire are pleased to be hosting a churchyard festival

The festival starts with a moth trap release at 9am followed by :-

– wildflower walk   – bug identification   – prayer walk   – building a bug hotel   – tea & cake

Inside the church is Thy Kingdom Come” a dynamic prayer initiative. 

There will be a service in the church at 13.00 

 

powys 
15/06/2019 Learn to Identify Wild flowers and Plants – St Andrew’s, Norton, Powys

Come and learn how to identify wild flowers and plants with plant expert Rob Rowe 10:30am – 1pm.  To book your place ring George on 01588 673041 or email george@cfga.org.uk

This session is funded by Natural Resources Wales

 

 

shropshire   

11/6/19 Grass cutting and raking at St Mary’s, Hopesay, Shropshire

Our award-wining Churchyard Task Team will be scything and raking the grass as part of their wildflower meadow creation in the churchyard.  10am – 3pm.  For more information contact alex@cfga.org.uk

 

 

12/06/2019 Botanical survey of Longden Road Cemetery, Shrewsbury, Shropshire.

The Friends of Longden Road Cemetery will be carrying out a botanical survey of the old cemetery with plant expert John Handley 10-3pm join up and brush up on your plant id skills.

To book your place ring George on 01588 673041 or email george@cfga.org.uk

 

 

13/6/19 Grass cutting and raking at St Martin’s, Preston Gubbals, Shropshire

Our award-wining Churchyard Task Team will be scything and raking the grass as part of their wildflower meadow creation in the churchyard.  10am – 3pm.  For more information contact alex@cfga.org.uk

 

 

staffordshire

8/6/19 Clifton Compville Country Fair & Open Church and Churchyard, Clifton Compville, Staffordshire

Country Fair on the Green with all day programme of events.  Church Cafe, competitions, stalls and displays.  Church and Churchyard Trail.  10.45 – 5pm.

No booking necessary.  for more information contact Mrs Sarah Ennis, churchwarden on 01827 898108.

St Michaels Lichfield15/6/2019 Bioblitz – St Michael’s Churchyard, Lichfield, Staffordshire

A day of wildlife activities, including mammal trapping, bug and fungi hunts, looking for wildflowers and birds, tree walk and more!

No booking necessary.  For more information contact Ray Allen on 01543 251654 or email lesley@existenz.org.uk 

 

 

yorkshire                          
 13/06/2019 Learn to Identify Wild flowers and Plants – All Saints, Slingsby, Yorkshire

Celebrate Love your Burial Ground Week by joining us to learn how to identify wild flowers and plants with plant expert John O’Reilly, 11am – 2pm.  To book your place ring George on 01588 673041 or email george@cfga.org.uk

13/06/2019 After School Wildlife Hunt – All Saints, Slingsby, Yorkshire

Call in to Slingsby Churchyard after school and help us explore and discover what wildlife can be found 3.30-4.30pm.  Children must be accompanied. No booking necessary.