Churchyard Management

Another focus of the DEG is supporting biodiversity in churchyards. In many urban areas the churchyard is the only green space in the community and in rural areas the churchyard can often be the only area of open land untouched by chemical fertilizers. Therefore, the variety of plant and animal life in churchyards can be great if they are managed in such a way as to celebrate the diversity of life. You can find a form to complete a Warwickshire Wildlife Trust survey of the wildlife in your churchyard and submit a report at http://www.warwickshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/Churches-and-Cemeteries-Survey. To cut fuel costs and create a rich haven for wildlife the DEG advises leaving certain designated areas uncut until later in the year, for example until spring bulbs have died down or until summer flowering species such as orchids or cowslips have flowered and set seed. Details of suggested mowing regimes are given on the Caring for God's Acre website.

In the Diocese of Coventry, the churchyard of St Mary’s in Oldberrow is a perfect example of old unimproved neutral grassland. An annual ‘Wildflower Weekend’ is held at the church to inform visitors of the biodiversity of the churchyard and the churchyard hay cut is often a community event. Seeds from recent hay cuts at Oldberrow have been used to create new areas of biodiverse grassland. 

One of the best examples of Churchyard Management is at St James, Alveston, pictured on the link to this webpage on the Home page. They plan to have their Spring Working Party on Saturday 25th March, a Churchyards weekend on 10th and 11th June, a Summer Working Party on Saturday 29th July and an Autumn Working Party on Saturday 18th November. The management regime balances the traditional use of a churchyard with its place as a site of biodiversity and these events draw in people from the local community to work together and to celebrate. To learn more about this, see http://www.stjamesalveston.co.uk/churchyard

Churchyard Events in 2018: Tuesday 13th March evening meeting at St Michael's Budbrooke on caring for your churchyard, the land component of Eco Church and ideas for Cherishing Churchyards in June 2018. Put this date in your diary!

What events took place in June 2017 for Cherishing Churchyards Month?  Get some ideas for 2018. See the newspage at http://www.dioceseofcoventry.org/?page_ref=1526&page_locn=209

Click on this link Get Involved, if you would like to find out ways in which you can help..

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