Caring for God’s Acre – how you can get involved

Please can you support the Caring for God’s Acre: Beautiful Burial Ground Project by completing either or both, of the two surveys listed below. If you are not able to complete the surveys, please could you ask someone in your parish to fill it in for you.

For those interested in recording the built heritage such as memorials please fill in https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/localhist

For those interested in recording wildlife https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/burialground

Each should take about two minutes to fill in.

Caring for God’s Acre has been awarded support for the Beautiful Burial Ground Project, thanks to the Heritage Lottery fund.

The Beautiful Burial Ground Project will reveal the hidden heritage and wildlife of burial grounds across Wales and England.

Citizen scientists will be at the heart of the new project.

Despite brimming with natural, built and cultural heritage, burial grounds are surprisingly under-recorded. In particular there is scant biodiversity data; individual naturalists or groups rarely record here and when they do, records go into national systems which are not site specific but based on Ordinance Survey grid squares.

The project will address this, putting burial grounds literally on the heritage map by:

  • Creating a bespoke database with interactive map where individual burial sites can be mapped, linking biological records to a particular site, easily accessed by all and linked to national systems
  • Encouraging citizen science, historical and cultural recording and research to give a holistic picture of the whole range of heritage present.
  • Establishing regional partnerships in England and Wales, where people new to this type of recording are supported via events, workshops and other resources.

CfGA has been awarded £17,700 to develop the plans and apply for a full grant of £586,700.

J Paul Baker