Blackdown Hills Natural Futures has teamed up with the charity, Caring for God's Acre to offer FREE heritage skills training days in 2016. Caring for God's Acre aims to help church wardens and local communities manage churchyards and burial grounds for wildlife and to conserve these natural sanctuaries for future generations. Churchyards and burial grounds are special places:
- They often contain a rich diversity of plant and animal life.
- They are important places for archaeology and history.
- They often have distinctive and veteran trees.
- The stonework and boundary walls provide a home for a mosaic of mosses, ferns and lichens.
- They provide a tranquil place for quiet reflection.
- They are a resource for inspiration and community learning.
Would representatives from your church be interested in attending FREE heritage skills training days in 2016? These could include memorial recording, dry stone walling, hedge-laying, scything, botanical identification or wildlife recording. The events will include opportunities to find out how burial grounds and churchyards on the Blackdown Hills can become havens for wildlife with simple changes to the way they are looked after.
The events will be run subject to demand and can be tailored to suit local interest. Please get in touch to register your interest and to find out more.