Nine years ago the conservation charity Caring for God’s Acre (CfGA) launched a new national initiative - Cherishing Churchyards Week. It was a great success and has taken place every year since. This year the week will run from Saturday the 9th to Sunday the 17th of June.

Burial Grounds are widespread and nestled in the heart of communities. The undisturbed grassland found in these sites, which is now rare in the wider countryside, provide a sanctuary for all kinds of wildflowers which in turn can support a wide variety of wildlife. They are important places for people, wildlife and history.

A wide variety of activities have been organised including wildflower surveys, school visits, scythe training, mini-beast hunts, teddy bear’s picnics, tower tours and monument trails.

Burial grounds are like time capsules containing a wealth of information about the past, while providing a sanctuary for nature. The majority are managed by the local community who put many hours of time into their care. This week is to celebrate this dedication and to encourage people to visit their local burial ground and see the treasures it contains. All over the country there are special events taking place.’

Andrea Gilpin from the charity

If you want to find out more about Cherishing Churchyard Week, contact Andrea from Caring for God’s Acre on 01588 673041,