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					                                  YORKSHIRE LIVING CH URCHYARD PROJECT
                                                                    Patron: The Archbishop of York
                                                                         November 2007: Issue Eight
         ~ Welcome to the eighth Newsletter and thank you to all who have written articles ~
Articles and details of events at your                   If you would like any event publicising
churches are, as ever, most welcome. Please              before the next newsletter, details can be sent
send them by Monday 28 January for the                   to those with email addresses if you let
spring newsletter.                                       Elizabeth know.
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               THE HOWARDIAN HILLS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT FUND
                                has financed the production of the revised
                            CHURCHYARD MANAGEMENT BOOKLET
To fulfil the funding criteria all 29 churchyards in the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
                     are being surveyed and the following events have been arranged
 Terrington Village Hall                                 St Helen’s Church Amotherby
    Wednesday 20 February 7.30pm                              Sunday 30 March 2.00pm-5.00pm

GOD’S ACRE ~ THE LIVING CHURCHYARD                                    OPEN CHURCHYARD

A photographic tour of Yorkshire churchyards                  Come and see this sanctuary managed
    to show their importance for wildlife                      for the living as well as for the dead
   Free admission (donations very welcome),                Conducted churchyard tours at 2.00 and 3.30,
         refreshments, no need to book                                church open, refreshments
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 Also arranged (details in spring newsletter): TREASURES REVEALED at St John the Baptist Church, Adel
        Thursday 8 May 1.00pm-5.00pm. Church open, churchyard tours, children‟s wildlife trail.
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                         YORKSHIRE LIVING CHURCHYARD PROJECT
                  Part of the Conservation Department of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
         Part-time Churchyard Officer ~ Elizabeth Hardcastle (Tuesdays and Wednesdays)
                                1 St George’s Place YORK YO24 1GN
                  tel 01904 650451/659570; email: elizabeth.hardcastle@ywt.org.uk
                            www.ywt.org.uk; Registered charity No 210807


              Apologies from Elizabeth that the Newsletter is so late and has reached you
                             amidst all your Christmas preparations etc.
                  Please remember to read it in the New Year if you are too busy now!
     If the newsletter reaches you by email, please print it and display on your church notice board.
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                                More about the revised (and long-awaited)
                              CHURCHYARD MANAGEMENT BOOKLET
The booklet will incorporate the separate information leaflets. These have been revised to take into
account the effects of climate change and also the results of research by Dr Bob Leaney of Norfolk WT
into optimum mowing regimes. The booklet will be available in the New Year.

                  THE HOWARDIAN HILLS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT FUND
has financed the booklet and by 31 March 2008 all 29 churchyards in the Howardian Hills AONB will
have been surveyed and the surveys sent to the clergy and PCC secretaries. The surveys have added
considerably to our knowledge of Yorkshire churchyards and grateful thanks go to all who have carried
out the surveys – some YWT staff but mostly the Project‟s ever-willing and very competent volunteers.
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                                               EVENTS 2007

The Wheldrake Seminar was held on a                        The „Open Churchyards‟ was a new venture and
gloriously sunny day at the end of Easter week             very worthwhile.        Five churchyards were
but attendance was disappointing. Maybe too                involved and visitors were able to learn about
soon after Easter? The management there is                 the value of churchyards for wildlife through
excellent and deserves to be seen so a three-line          illustrated presentations, tours of the species-rich
whip from Elizabeth visit it!                              churchyards and ancient churches and
                                                           (important!) enjoy delicious afternoon teas.
There was, however, a packed room at Adel and
again we were blessed with glorious weather.               Once again, St Chad‟s Church at Far Headingley
Two members of the church gave the illustrated             took part in „Treasures Revealed‟, an initiative
talk which was very well received by the                   from Leeds City Council. A wide range of
delegates. A tour of the churchyard ended with             activities took place – organ recitals, geology
a demonstration of the mowing machinery.                   and nature walks and several activities run by
                                                           YWT for children. A very successful afternoon.
This year the Churchyard Management Seminars
were linked to visits to adjacent YWT nature                  Many, many thanks to all who worked so
reserves, Wheldrake Ings and Adel Dam.                         hard to make these events possible.

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                                              EVENTS 2008
                  COULD YOU HOST A SEMINAR OR AN OPEN CHURCHYARD EVENT?
                                            WHAT IS NEEDED?
For the Seminars – a reasonably sized churchyard where management for wildlife has begun or is about
to begin, a meeting room that can be blacked out, toilet and kitchen facilities. YWT covers the cost of
room hire, refreshments, publicity etc.
For the Open Churchyards – a churchyard that is managed for wildlife. After that it is up to church
members! Tours of the church, churchyard, illustrated displays and presentations, refreshments –
whatever you can manage, the possibilities are endless! Elizabeth will give as much support as possible.
                       Interested? Please contact Elizabeth as soon as possible.
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                 GREEN APPLE AWARDS ~ ST CHAD’S CHURCH, FAR HEADINGLEY
In November 2007, St Chad‟s Church received two             Initiatives include collecting used Christmas cards,
awards for its environmental initiatives. The first, a      mobile phones, printer cartridges and reading glasses
Green Apple, was presented by David Bellamy at the          for recycling and reuse and running a Fair Trade stall.
House of Commons on 9 November. These awards                We have also installed bike racks and a community
are given by The Green Organisation, which seeks to         bottle bank.
encourage good environmental practice. There were
                                                            Thanks to Elizabeth Hardcastle and her team at the
numerous categories in the competition, including
                                                            Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, who gave us the initial
construction and manufacturing, local authorities,
                                                            practical help and advice on churchyard maintenance,
food and agriculture. Steve Meays represented the
                                                            and continued support, St Chad‟s also won the first
YWT along with npower in a separate category. It
                                                            Church Times Green Award on 19 November in the
was most encouraging to hear of many diverse and
                                                            Biodiversity category. We encourage wildlife by a
imaginative schemes taking place all over the
                                                            careful programme of habitat maintenance. To date,
country. These ranged from more energy efficient
                                                            we have recorded over forty bird species,
building to reduction in printing ink and packaging
                                                            twelve species of butterfly and each October at least
and a new form of “sandbags”. The latter most
                                                            thirty species of fungi. We also run public events
appropriate on the day of the anticipated tidal surge
                                                            which involve the local community and encourage
on the east coast. It showed the groundswell of
                                                            them to appreciate the wildlife in this green space on
enthusiasm to reduce our nation‟s carbon footprint
                                                            their doorstep.
and how much can be achieved by collective action.
                                                            I don‟t for one moment think St Chad‟s is the “best”
St Chad‟s entered the “Charity and Community”
                                                            church for environmental concern, but these awards
category. It was the only church to receive an award
                                                            have encouraged the congregation and are a great
in recognition of the successful Eco-congregations
                                                            moral boost.
programme.      Everyone in the congregation is
encouraged to make a commitment to sustainable              Why not enter your church next year?
living through their worship, care of the church and
grounds, community activities and personal lifestyle.                                             Suzanne Dalton

   St Chad‟s Church will be taking part in TREASURES REVEALED in 2008. Details in next newsletter.
   Have a look at St Chad‟s Church on http://freespace.virgin.net/st.chads/Giving/Eco-conWild.htm
   Hurst Green Church near Clitheroe was Highly Commended in the Church Times Green Awards. See
    Clare Hyde (Diocese of Bradford‟s Environmental Officer) and her sons cutting the cake on
    www.churchtimes.co.uk/content and read about the Awards.
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                                            MR OVERTON WALLIS
It is with great sadness that we record the death of Ovie and we send our sympathy and condolences to Mrs Wallis
and family. His churchyard at Sheriff Hutton was the first to embrace the concept of management sympathetic to
wildlife and has been held up as a model churchyard ever since. Mr John Oakley, PCC secretary at Sheriff Hutton,
knew him well and has written this tribute to him:
The recent death of Overton Wallis (Ovie to his             Many other churchyards have since been successful
friends) brings to an end an era in the history of          and many more are now being managed for their
churchyard conservation. Although Ovie was a one            wildlife potential.   However, he never allowed
time PCC Secretary and Churchwarden, his real love          conservation to reign supreme but always insisted
was for the churchyard and it was largely through his       that care of a churchyard was very much a question
efforts and at his suggestion that the Living               of land management.        He understood that the
Churchyard Project received a substantial boost             sensibilities and concerns of the next of kin of the
through the introduction of a competition for the           inhabitants should always be recognised and catered
churchyard most sympathetically managed for                 for. He proved that care for the wildlife and the dead
wildlife.   It was therefore appropriate that his           were not mutually exclusive.
„Sheriff Hutton‟ should be the first winner.
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                                                    JOTTINGS
                                                    WELCOME TO
MR TERRY SMITHSON the new Manager of the Conservation Department who will take up his post in January. He
comes to Yorkshire from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Peterborough Wildlife Trust.
The Yorkshire Living Churchyard Project has changed departments and has left the Education Department to return
to the Conservation Department. Terry is looking forward to meeting lots of you at next year‟s churchyard events.
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                                     ADVISORY VISITS AND FEED BACK FORMS
If you have been sent an information pack this year         Several requests have been received for advisory
or had an advisory visit (not Howardian Hills visits)       visits in 2008 and these will begin after Easter. If
please complete and return the attached feed-back           you would like a visit just let Elizabeth know and she
form to help us evaluate our work.                          will be in touch with you to make the arrangements.
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       2006 LIVING CHURCHYARD AWARDS                                          PRESS MONITORS
Wheldrake was one of the successful churchyards             Kirsten Smith, YWT‟s Communications Officer, is
and the PCC Secretary has written to led us know            looking for people to monitor local newspapers for
that its cheque has been put towards a new shed to          references to YWT. Readers of this newsletter live in
house the churchyard equipment and to clean up what         all areas of the county so between you you probably
was an unsightly corner of the churchyard (another          cover all the local papers - would any of you be
reason to visit Wheldrake!).                                willing to help with this? Kirsten can be contacted at
                                                            YWT by telephone or email:
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                                                                          kirsten.smith@ywt.org.uk
         RUNNING WILD/WATCH GROUPS
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These are YWT‟s free environmental clubs with lots
of exciting activities for 8-13 year olds.                                  PARISH PUMP NEWS
       Details from Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.               Millennium Seed Bank, Concrete Kids, Rev-7 the
                                                            new Gum, Water Efficiency, Eco-friendly
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               GOD’S ACRE TRIMMER                           these are just a few of the many topics covered in the
                                                            latest Parish Pump News.
This machine specially designed to mow churchyards
has now gone out of production.                             To register contact

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                                                                     1 Kensington Gore London SW7 2AR
                 SCYTHING COURSE                                     020 7591 3111
Several of you asked for details of the course run by                info@conservationfoundation.co.uk
Flora locale north this year. Did any of you attend it?              www.conservationfoundation.co.uk
Elizabeth would be pleased to have any feedback.            Registration and the twice-yearly newsletter are free.
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 GRAVEYARD ECOLOGY AND BURIAL PRACTICES                               YORKSHIRE NATURALISTS UNION
A study day on 5 April 2008 in Ripon, details in            The YNU has lots of activities and an extensive
Spring newsletter or from Ripon Cathedral Office            programme of training in wildlife recording and
tel 01765 603462                                            techniques. Details on its website www.ynu.org.uk
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        Finally, a happy, peaceful and blessed Christmas to you all and every good wish for 2008
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