Cherish your churchyard and protect local wildlife

GravestoneThe Church of England has teamed up with conservation charity Caring for God’s Acre, in a bid to protect wildlife living within many of the country’s churchyards.
The Shrinking the Footprint campaign strives to maintain suitable wildlife habitats, and this is more important than ever after the results of the State of Nature report last month, launched by Sir David Attenborough.
The report revealed that 60% of UK species have declined in number.
Churchyards and burial grounds are home to many birds and other wildlife and only small changes to the care of these habitats can make a big difference to their welfare
David Shreeve, the CofE's national environment adviser said: "The Church of England has more than 10,000 churchyards - many of them providing the only 'green lung' in the local community.
“Added together they are a huge national park rich in biodiversity which can often be taken for granted.”
Last week churches up and down the country hosted events to mark Cherishing Churchyards Week (June 8 – 16).
Mr Shreeve added: “A week spent cherishing churchyards is an excellent opportunity for everyone to take stock of these very special places."

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