Grassland habitats within churchyards have become havens for wildlife following the extensive loss of ancient, unimproved meadows and pastures.

Nowadays, churchyards can form the remaining fragments of old, unimproved, wildlife rich grasslands and they are often the last refuge within a parish for the species and habitats that they support. Even churchyards that are less rich in wildlife have an important role to play in linking sites and making it possible for threatened species to move from one site to another.

The Living Churchyard Project

This aims to help churches manage their churchyards in a wildlife-friendly way, while being sensitive to the needs of all the users and in particular to its primary function as a resting place for the dead and a contemplative place for their friends and relatives.

Judith Evans is promoting the Project within the Diocese of St Albans and is able to provide sources of reference, guidance and advice.  Read more