Caring for God’s Acre – Churches Count on Nature
‘Love Your Burial Ground Week’
Saturday 5th June – Sunday 13th June 2021
Parish Cemetery Ramblettes – St Margaret’s Church, Ifield
Churches Count on Nature runs as part of Caring for God’s Acre’s ‘Love Your Burial Ground Week’ from Saturday 5th June – Sunday 13th June 2021.
We are asking churches to use the week as a springboard to start recording the wildlife within their churchyards.
So, if you fancy running a wildlife spotting event in Love Your Burial Ground Week then please fill out the form below or download a copy here and we will send you a link to a page where you can download various resources.
We look forward to hearing what you have discovered in your local churchyard!
Churchyards are often ideal paces for social distancing, even if you have to control the number of people coming in at any one time. We are all hoping that by June we will be able to meet up outdoors, although we recognise it may have to be in small numbers. For up-to-date government Covid-19 secure advice please visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus for activities in England and gov.wales/coronavirus for Wales.
Please register your activities or event using the form below or download a copy here. You should get an autoreply to your registration email containing our logo which you can use in your publicity – please check your spam folder if this does not arrive. Don’t forget to visit our resources page to help you with planning your activity.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Register Your Churches Count on Nature Activities, as part of
Resources for Love Your Burial Ground Week (including Churches Count on Nature Activities)
Please visit this page to register your activity to celebrate Love Your Burial Ground Week. We hope you’ll have a great time whatever you choose to do! We have put together various downloads which may be useful and encourage everyone, young and old to get involved.
Please pay attention to the COVID restrictions and remember that social distancing is still important.
This simple recording form (PDF) can be used to give your activity attendees and encourage them to record any wildlife, plants, trees, flowers etc they see on their visit. Send the results to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will upload them onto the NBN Atlas, where they will eventually appear .
HEALTH & SAFETY/RISK ASSESSMENT
This sheet gives guidelines on health and safety, first aid, first aid kits and on doing a risk assessment when running an event or volunteer work party. It is the responsibility of burial ground managers to consider the safety of the whole site for the casual visitor. These guidelines are for groups running an event or work party as part of a conservation project.
THINGS TO DO IN BURIAL GROUNDS
This sheet explains how burial grounds can be excellent places for education, learning and enjoyable activities. Nestled in the heart of communities, they can be used as outdoor classrooms, full of natural, local and social history.
ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN
Children love burial grounds. From the unusual markings on the graves to the wildlife around and about, there is plenty to see and do. We’ve included some of our children’s resources here in case you need a bit of inspiration for something to occupy them.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions regarding Churches Count on Nature, a new initiative between Caring for God’s Acre, the Church of England, the Church in Wales and A Rocha.