Gods Acre Conference – 7th September

The Beautiful Burial Ground

St John the Baptist Church, High Toynton

Lincolnshire Monday 7th of September

Bookings can be made using this form:

Conference Booking form

 

Itinerary

9.30             Arrival and refreshments

10.00             Welcome

10.05  What’s special about burial sites?    Andrea Gilpin, Caring for God’s Acre

10.25            ‘5 small steps…’

How to run a burial site project with the local community

Harriet Carty, Caring for God’s Acre

10.40   Lincolnshire’s Meadow Network – How churchyards could rekindle wildlife across the county         Mark Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

11.05   Break

11.40  Caring for built heritage in churchyards & burial grounds

Dr John Lord, Lincoln Diocesan Advisory Committee Monuments    Advisor

12.05  Life after death: the lichens of God’s Acre   Professor Mark Seaward, Bradford & Lincoln Universities

12.30  Grass roots and hidden gems – stories from Mareham on the Hill   Helen Gamble, Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service and Helen    Robinson, Church Warden, Mareham on the Hill

12.50  Bats not in the belfry    Ian Nixon & Helen Scarborough, Lincolnshire Bat Group

1.00   Lunch

2.00 – 4.00   Workshops

 

The afternoon will consist of two workshops, 50 minutes each

 

First workshop – choice of:

1. Fun for all the family – how to engage locals and visitors of all ages in discovering the joys of your churchyard

Helen Gamble, Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service & Helen Robinson Church Warden, Mareham on the Hill

2. Raising funds and recruiting volunteers

Andrea Gilpin, Caring for God’s Acre

3. Tour of the wildflowers of St John the Baptist and top tips on how to manage your grassland

Mark Schofield, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

 

Second workshop – choice of:

1.  Demonstration of grass cutting equipment – including the use of the Austrian scythe Mark Schofield, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

2. Case studies & opportunity for general discussion about conservation in burial grounds  Harriet Carty & Andrea Gilpin, Caring for God’s Acre

3. Three simple steps to surveying your memorials  John Tierney, Historic Graves

 

4.00     How to access further support

4.15        Day close, refreshments available

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