Ampthill Churchyard CWS in Beds

Ampthill Churchyard in Beds

Living Churchyard Workshop Day

Location: Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Potton
A day to learn about how best to care for churchyards to benefit wildlife and local communities whilst bearing in mind the needs of bereaved families and visitors to graves. Including workshops on swifts and building nestboxes.

Event details


A static map of Living Churchyard Workshop Day

About the event

The St Albans diocese Living Churchyard scheme will provide useful information and expertise to people and communities across Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, through workshops, talks and printed materials to take away from this day-long event.

Workshops include those on lichens, tree care, swifts, working with schools, managing grassland and building nestboxes, and representatives from the Wildlife Trust BCN will be on hand, along with other local experts, to answer questions.

Churchyards are often the only unimproved grassland within a parish and are recognised for their rich and diverse natural heritage, from species-rich old grassland, to veteran and ancient yew trees and lichen covered stonework. The animals associated with these ancient sites, which are usually the oldest enclosed piece of land in a parish, are of equal importance to the plant life and dependent on it - bees, butterflies and other insects, amphibians and reptiles, small mammals and birds, including some species which are now endangered. Correct management is essential for their survival.

This event is possible thanks to funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

9.30am Registration and information stands can be browsed. Tea and coffee
10am Welcome (Judith Evans)
10.10am The Potton Project (The Revd. Gill Smith, Cllr. Andrew Gibb & Cllr John Day)
10.50am Management of grassland with a trip outside (Sue Cooper)
11.30am Tea and coffee break
11.45am Inspiring Others (Andrea Gilpin and The Revd. Gill Smith)
12.15pm The Five Steps to Burial Ground Management (Sue Cooper)
1 pm Lunch. Please bring a packed lunch. Tea and coffee will be provided.
2pm–3pm Workshop 1 
3pm–4pm Workshop 2 
4pm Q & A and close 4.30 Tea and coffee

See the programme on the Diocese of St Albans website for the full programme and information about the choice of workshops.

Free tea and coffee are provided.



Free, but booking essential. (Please note that there is a charge for materials if you choose to build a bird box in the workshop.)

Additional booking information

Booking is via the Diocese of St Albans website.

Suitable for

Adults, Beginners

Know before you go

What to bring

Packed lunch.

Parking information

Free parking available in the field opposite the church.



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