Conservation Churchyard Award Scheme
Patron - The Bishop of Peterborough, The Rt. Revd. Donald Allister
Churchyards and graveyards can be havens for wildlife: many birds
In addition churchyards play a significant role as part of the whole
The Wildlife Trust encourages the management of Churchyards for the
Churchyard Conservation Award
The Wildlife Trust runs the Conservation Churchyard Award Scheme
Advisers will visit your churchyard every three years; however
advisory visits are available
However big or small, urban or rural your churchyard is it will have
Gather a group; what skills do you have, what other groups could you
Talk to your church; explain your ideas, gain their support , who
currently manages your
Look around; what wildlife already uses your churchyard, what else could you attract?
Start small; focus on a small area first, only take on as much as you can manage.
Make a plan; what can you do, when and why? - present it to your church.
What to do -Top tips for improving your churchyard for wildlife
Every churchyard is different but here are some ideas on what you
Provide bird, bat and insect boxes plus log piles.
Leave small plants and lichens on walls and monuments
Plant herbs to attract butterflies and bees
Plant trees for the future, site them carefully and inspect them annually
Seek advice on surveying and caring for the churchyard
Plant hedges - providing cover and winter berries for birds and mammals
Are there any grassland areas you could cut differently? i.e.
Build a compost heap - great for reptiles and small mammals
Maintain a list of plants and animals seen in the churchyard and make
Telephone (01604) 405285
- Newton Bromswold
- Stoke Doyle
with Stoke Doyle Churchyard winning the overall competition.