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Churches Count on Nature

Updated: Aug 14, 2023

Churches across all denominations in England and Wales can participate in an annual scheme where people visit churchyards and record the plant and animal species they encounter.

There are over 25,000 burial grounds across the UK, ranging from small rural medieval churchyards to large Victorian city cemeteries, spanning different cultures, religions and centuries.

Appealing to many who are interested in local history and the natural world, burial grounds encapsulate the history of communities whilst offering refuge for our native wildlife.

For many people burial grounds are the only locally accessible green space. However, their heritage value, and even their continuing presence, cannot be taken for granted. They are under threat from development, closure, under management and mismanagement.

Join the movement.

Caring for God’s Acre works nationally to support groups and individuals to investigate, care for, and enjoy churchyards and burial grounds.

Rev Nigel Tuffnel:

'If you too love the natural world, why not visit your local churchyard and see the nature cherished there? Particularly between Saturday 3rd to Sunday 11th of June 2023, why not take part in Churches Count on Nature and enjoy a nature safari. Just turn up, go to the church porch for instructions and get exploring!

Take the time to see this beautiful world, let the colours, the scents, the wonder all soak into you. Let creation inspire you.

Have a great summer, and enjoy this beautiful corner of England.'


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