Talks on conservation and care of burial sites

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Those interested in the care and conservation of churchyards and other burial sites are invited to a conference on the subject next month.

‘The Beautiful Burial Ground’ conference, a one-day event organised by the charity Caring for God’s Acre (CfGA), will take place at High Toynton on September 7.

It will look at church and chapel yards, cemeteries, crematoria and green burial grounds.

Part-funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the event will also interest naturalists, historians, educationalists and community workers.

A host of different speakers and organisations will be giving advice and information through key note speeches and workshops.

CfGA is enlisting support for the conference from experts such as Mark Schofield, of Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, who will talk about the Lincolnshire Meadow Network and how churchyards could rekindle wildlife across the county.

Other speakers include Dr John Lord, Lincoln diocesan adviser on monuments, who will talk about caring for built heritage in burial grounds.

CfGA staff and others will run workshops during the afternoon on a variety of topics, from managing grassland for conservation, surveying and recording stonework, enhancing burial sites for wildlife, raising funds and recruiting volunteers.

John Tierney, of the Historic Graves Project, will run a workshop on simple steps to surveying memorials, while Helen Gamble is doing a workshop on how to engage people in discovering the interest in churchyards.

There will also be an opportunity to see displays and talk to people from other conservation organisations.

Sue Cooper, CfGA manager, said: “Old burial sites have remained virtually unchanged for generations, allowing plants and animals to flourish alongside the historic monuments and memorials, creating valuable living sanctuaries within the heart of our communities.”

Places are limited so booking is essential. The cost is £15 to include lunch and refreshments. Call 01588 673041 or email info@cfga.org.uk.