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					                                           YORK SHIRE LIVING CHURCHYARD PROJECT
                                                                                    Patron: The Archbishop of York
                                                                                                                 Spring 2010
                                                                                                             Issue Thirteen




                                   YORKSHIRE LIVING CHURCHYARD PROJECT
                                                  Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
                                           1 St George’s Place YORK YO24 1GN
                                  Part-time Churchyard Officer ~ Elizabeth Hardcastle
                                              (Tuesdays and Wednesdays)
                                                      tel: 01904 659570
                                          email: elizabeth.hardcastle@ywt.org.uk
                                                 Registered charity no 210807

                            YORKSHIRE WILDLIFE TRUST WORKS FOR A YORKSHIRE
                                       RICH IN WILDLIFE ENJOYED BY PEOPLE


In this newsletter you can read about . . .

     Events in 2010                                                            Cherishing Churchyards Week

     Yorkshire churchyard successes                                            YWT Campaigns and Projects


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                                  THANK YOU to all who have sent items of interest.
                                        These are always very welcome.
                 The deadline for inclusion in the autumn newsletter is THE END OF OCTOBER.
                                             If the newsletter reaches you by email
                                     please print it and display on your church notice board.
                                    If you receive a hard copy but could receive it by email
                           (or if you do not want to receive it any more) please let Elizabeth know.



                                               PUBLICITY FOR THE EVENTS
 For many years, some 1000 posters advertising the season’s events have been distributed to clergy through the various
       diocesan clergy mailings. However, it appears that few of them actually reach the church notice board.
  Instead this year, attached to the hard copies of the newsletter are two posters – it would be very helpful if you could
                  display one in your church and one elsewhere. If you would like some more, just ask.
If you receive the newsletter electronically, please help by printing a few copies for local display.                       Thank you.
                                     YORKSHIRE OPEN CHURCHYARDS 2010

Once again a programme of Open Churchyards has been arranged, thanks to the warm response from you to
November’s request for venues. At each event, the church will be open and there will be guided walks round the church
and churchyard with people on hand to explain how the management for wildlife began and how it has evolved.
Information booklets and leaflets will be available along with YWT’s display boards. At some events there will be
activities for children and at all events refreshments will be available. No booking is needed (but see note for Idle) and
admission is free – just turn up, enjoy the church and churchyard and learn about the importance of churchyards for
wildlife.



                                 ALL SAINTS CHURCH, CAWOOD (south of York)
                                         Saturday 27 March, 1.30pm-3.30pm
                               Come and see the spring flowers in this lovely churchyard

                      HOLY TRINITY CHURCH, IDLE (Town Lane, off the A657 Leeds Road)
                           Saturday 24 April, 1.00pm-4.00pm (church open from 10.30am)
                       1.00pm: Illustrated talk about churchyard wildlife followed by guided walk
                                                  Activities for children
                            12 noon: light lunch available for donation, booking essential
                                     to book, ring YWT (01904 659570) by 9 April

                          ST MARY’S CHURCH, MICKLEFIELD (A1/Great North Road)
                                          Saturday 12 June, 2.00pm-5.00pm

                   CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY AND ST OSWALD (East of Doncaster)
                                             Saturday/Sunday 19/20 June
                        Part of the Doncaster Heritage Churches Open Weekend (details on p3)

                           ST ANDREW’S CHURCH, GARGRAVE (A65 west of Skipton)
                                          Saturday 26 June, 2.00pm-5.00pm
                       2.15pm: Illustrated talk about churchyard wildlife followed by guided walk
                                                  Activities for children

                            ALL SAINTS CHURCH, BRAMHAM (A1 south of Wetherby)
                                           Saturday 3 July, 2.00pm-5.00pm
                                                  Activities for children
  Bramham lies on a very restricted habitat – the band of magnesium-rich limestone that stretches from Durham to
Nottingham. It is a wild flower-rich habitat but because it is such fertile arable land, much has been lost to agriculture.
                  There will be information at the event about YWT’s Magnesium Limestone Project
                                      NATIONAL CHURCHYARD EVENTS 2010

     Cherishing Churchyards Week: Friday 18 June to Sunday 27 June
         For details of natonal events (and lots of information about churchyards) have a look at the new website for
         Caring for God’s Acre: www.caringforgodsacre.org.uk
            In Yorkshire there are events at Finningley and Gargrave during Cherishing Churchyards Week.
     Growing Organically: Using Church Land as a Model for Environmental Change
         Saturday 18 September 10.00am-4.00pm, Carrs Lane Church Centre,Birmingham (close to New Street station)
         Speakers: Prof Sir Ghillean Prance and Bishop James Jones + workshops
         Booking essential - details from A Rocha UK, 13 Avenue Road, Southall, Middlesex UB1 3BL
         tel 0208 574 5935; email: uk@arocha.org or Google A Rocha UK
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                                 CONGRATULATIONS TO YORKSHIRE CHURCHES
St Mary’s Church, Beeston was awarded a                         Bramham village won a Gold Award in the Britain in
Green Apple from the Green Organisation in 2009 for             Bloom event for Yorkshire villages. The judges were
the wildlife-friendly management of the churchyard.             very impressed with the churchyard.
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        In the last few years, Green Apples have been awarded to YWT, St Chad’s Church at Far Headingley and
                                           All Hallows Church at Kirkburton.
          Why not enter your churchyard? Details from 01604 810507 or Google ‘the Green Organisation’.
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                                CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY AND ST OSWALD
Holy Trinity and St Oswald's Church, Finningley will be open on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 June from 12 noon to
4.00pm as part of Doncaster's Heritage Inspired Weekend. Since this is also the beginning of a national Cherishing
Churchyards Week the Open Afternoons will focus on the churchyard and its conservation management.
There will be nature trails and activities for all the family, a photographic display, information sheets including
information about the management of the churchyard, lists of species found in our churchyard as well as photographic
records.
There will be DVDs to watch about Finningley Church and also about its churchyard and information about the church
and its history. Refreshments will be available.
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                                       FEED-BACK FORMS/ADVISORY VISITS
Many thanks to all who have returned the feed-back                 Advisory visits: These will begin in about mid-April
forms attached to the November 2009 newsletter. If                 so someone will be in touch with you after Easter to
you have requested information about churchyard                    arrange a date and time. Quite a number of people
management or had an advisory visit and have not                   have requested an advisory visit so please be patient if
returned the form please try to do so as the feedback we           you have to wait awhile – don’t panic, you will not
receive is very helpful.                                           have been overlooked!
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                                                   NEW VOLUNTEERS
Some of you reading this newsletter will have                      Churchyards at Idle and Gargrave will be of particular
volunteered to help with the Yorkshire Living                      importance for you because at these there will be an
Churchyard Project. It is important that you attend at             illustrated talk outlining the Project in some detail.
least one of the Open Churchyard events so that you                Please make yourself known – we look forward to
see at first hand exactly what we do. The Open                     meeting you.
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                    YORKSHIRE WILDLIFE TRUST – CURRENT CAMPAIGNS AND PROJECTS

Not all of you are members of YWT and not all of you have access to the internet where there is full information
                      about YWT’s wide-ranging conservation work so here is a selection.

Yorkshire Peat Partnership: Peatlands are very                     The Greater Hull Project aims to protect and enhance
important habitats but thousands of hectares have been             wildlife sites and green spaces around the city of Hull.
lost through drainage, grazing, recreational pressure              Its three main areas are:
and extraction (gardeners – please do not use peat
                                                                   Natural Play in Hull; School grounds and community
compost, it is not sustainable). The Yorkshire Peat
                                                                   action in south-west Holderness; the creation of
Partnership works to restore degraded peatland habitats
                                                                   wildlife areas.
into functioning, peat forming ecosystems.
                                                                   The Living Seas/Marine Awareness Programme –
The Humberhead Levels lie where rivers draining one
                                                                   an invitation from Kirsten Smith, North Sea Marine
fifth of England meet the Humber estuary. The 2000
                                                                   Advocacy Manager at YWT:
square kilometres, mostly below sea level, comprise
arable farming, rivers, dykes and wetlands. It is hoped            YWT’s marine awareness programme kicks into full
to create an internationally renowned unique wetland               swing from this Easter, giving you the opportunity to
landscape, working with businesses, landowners and                 get out and discover your local marine life. Why not
communities.                                                       join us on a volunteer survey exploring the intertidal
                                                                   region, beach litter survey or a seasearch dive survey?
Bringing Quarries Alive!           Quarries and their              For some family fun why not get along to one of our
restoration provide stimulating learning environments              Living Sea Safari boat trips off Flamborough Headland
and a FREE outdoor education project is now being                  and discover the seabirds breeding on the cliffs, or
delivered to schools at three of Yorkshire’s Tarmac                come along and try your hand at rockpooling. Whether
quarries – Swinden, Threshfield and Nosterfield. As                you want to get wet or not there’s plenty to do so dive
the quarries are restored they provide valuable habitats           in and join the fun! For more information check the
for wildlife. At Nosterfield there are lakes, woodlands,           YWT events page on the website or visit
bird hides and calcareous grassland.                               www.northseawildlife.org.uk
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Also on YWT’s website:
Water for Wildlife                          Yorkshire Red Kites                          People and Wildlife Projects
                                                                                         Education Outdoors Projects
Natural Play                                Lowland Adders
                                                                                         covering age ranges 8-25 years
Yorkshire Dales Roadside                    Wildlife Gardening
Verges
                             AND INFORMATION ON YWT’S 80+ NATURE RESERVES
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                                                GRANTS AND FUNDING
 From time to time people ask about funding for churchyard work. There are often local sources of funding that can be
                  discovered but here are two possible sources – do let YWT know of any successes
                      www.wren.org.uk and www.co-operative.coop/membership/community-fund/
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                               FINALLY – A HAPPY AND BLESSED EASTER TO YOU ALL

        THE PROJECT TEAM MEMBERS LOOK FORWARD TO VISITING YOUR CHURCHYARDS THIS YEAR
                                        AND TO MEETING YOU AT OUR EVENTS
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