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Churches Count on Nature Week Workshop
April 19, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
An event for all who are exploring wildlife friendly management of an area of their churchyard, with a particular focus on ‘Churches Count on Nature’ week.
Churchyards can be a blessing and sanctuary for our wildlife, and the height of summer when the wildflowers are in full bloom is a great time to celebrate them.
This year, we’re encouraging everyone to give their churchyard or burial ground an extra bit of love from Saturday 5 to Saturday 13 June.
In previous years, under the banner of Love your burial ground week, churches have run wildlife talks, nature trails and churchyard picnics, to get your community into your churchyards and to appreciate the beauty and biodiversity of these green spaces.
This year, the focus is on wildlife spotting. ‘Churches Count on Nature’ is a new Caring for God’s Acre, Church of England, and A Rocha partnership, giving you the resources to run a wildlife spotting event in your churchyard. You can take a closer look at what’s living and growing in your churchyard and record the difference that you are making to your local environment. And as a bonus, it will also count towards your Eco Church Award.
We’ll hear from Harriet Carty from Caring for God’s Acre who will help you think through what would work in your area in a Covid safe way. The focus will be on the June week but with more general conversation too.
Caring for God’s Acre (CfGA) is a charity dedicated to supporting churches and others working to manage all or part of their burial grounds for wildlife and biodiversity. They have valuable experience and knowledge about best practice which they are keen to share. This includes wisdom on the balancing of wildlife needs with that of anyone who accesses the church or visit graves, and involving the wider community as volunteers
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