The Beautiful Burial Ground Conference is Coming to York

10th May 2016

'The Beautiful Burial Ground' conference, a one-day event organised by the charity Caring for God’s Acre (CfGA) on Wednesday 29th June at Heslington Church, York

The Beautiful Burial Ground conference is for anyone involved with or interested in the care and conservation of church and chapel yards, cemeteries, crematoria and green burial grounds. The event, part funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, will also interest naturalists, historians, educationalists and community workers.

A host of different speakers and organisations will be giving advice and information through key note speeches and workshops.

Caring for God’s Acre is enlisting support for the conference from experts such as Russell Ball, tree specialist and founder of Fund 4trees who is talking about the care of burial ground trees. Julie Rugg of the University of York’s Cemetery Research Group will speak about the social history of churchyards.

CfGA workers, Andrea Gilpin, Harriet Carty and Sue Cooper are running workshops on a variety of topics from managing burial site grassland for conservation to raising funds and recruiting volunteers. There will also be an opportunity to see a variety of displays and talk to people from other conservation organisations.

Sue Cooper, the manager of Caring for God’s Acre, said ‘The charity is the ‘go to’ organisation for advice on burial ground conservation and this conference, which is part of a national series, will help people to realise how important they are to our heritage and how to take care of them and involve others.’

Caring for God's Acre champions the conservation of burial sites of all kinds. It is a membership charity, which individuals and community groups are welcome to join. There is a helpful website at providing useful information on conservation management and the charity's activities.

Places are limited on the conference and booking is essential. The cost is £15 to include lunch and refreshments.

To book a place at the conference call: 01588 673041 or email

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