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Cherishing Churchyards Week

02 June 2016

Cherishing Churchyards Week- Let’s celebrate!

Saturday 4th June - Sunday 12th June 2016

Caring for God’s Acre, the charity dedicated to the conservation of burial sites of all kinds, is promoting National Cherishing Churchyards Week and helping people to organise events that celebrate these special places at the heart of our communities.

Our churchyards are rich in diversity of plant and animal life, and the stonework of the memorials and boundary walls provides a home for a mosaic of mosses, ferns and lichens. Churchyards also provide a rich resource for archaeology and history, and, most important of all - they provide a tranquil place for remembrance and quiet reflection.

From 4th - 12th June Caring God's Acre invites you to celebrate these wonderful spaces. With events all over the country, including quizzes, treasure hunts, mini beast safaris, guided tours, tower tours, making compost areas, scything the grass, dry stone walling, memorial safety and care, archaeology, creative writing, art, singing…the list is endless - and it's not too late to join in.

To see all the week’s events go to:

Or why not hold your own event? Go to where there is a wealth of information including suggestions for children’s activities, how to attract volunteers, health and safety - and the special Cherishing Churchyards Logo.

"There’s no better way of involving people, young and old, than through events with a difference such as those you can put on during this special week," said Andrea Gilpin, Cherishing Churchyards Week Coordinator.

Cherishing Churchyards Week is supported by CfGA’s Heritage Lottery (HLF) funded National Project, which is working its way across England and Wales running conferences and training events in fifteen different regions.

For further information on Cherishing Churchyards Week or the work of the charity, Caring for God’s Acre, take a look at