Churchyard Conservation Scheme re-launched

Author: Geoff Freeman

Published on: 7 June 2015

In partnership with the Diocese of Norwich, the Norfolk Wildlife Trust is re-launching its Churchyard Conservation Scheme.

The scheme offers free advice and support to those managing churchyards with wildlife in mind.

It has been estimated that 98% of our wildflower meadows once widespread in the countryside have now vanished. Churchyards can form the only remaining fragments of old unimproved wildlife rich meadowland.

Churchyards can provide a quiet refuge for wildlife away from houses and streets, untouched by chemical fertilisers and pesticides. Flint and stonework provide one of the few habitats in Norfolk suitable for lichens and other plants.

If you are interested in the using your local churchyard to aid this conversation work, the Norfolk Wildlife Trust (NWT) can provide a number of resources:

  • Surveys – these include sketches showing areas of interest, suggestions for areas to manage as conservation areas, management advice and a list of wild flowers found in the churchyard
  • Wildlife in Churchyards Booklet – this covers the main areas of interest for wildlife in a churchyard and how to care for them
  • Conservation area signs / posters – these help explain the management of the churchyard to visitors
  • Information Sheets – giving detailed information about various aspects of wildlife maintenance
  • Practical help and grants – if you are struggling with funding the scheme may be able to put you in touch with sources of grant aid or volunteers
  • Coping with Bats – advice and information on how to cope with these protected species in your church

Contact Emily Nobbs on 01603 625540 or

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Geoff Freeman

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