We've just heard the exciting news that Ivan has received a letter from the Prime Minister, David Cameron, congratulating him on his sterling work for the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust.
ST. GILES LIVING CHURCHYARD PROJECT
ANNUAL REPORT 2016
The Project continues to flourish, and people help this to work in many ways.
We have completed our 10 practical work sessions spread throughout the year. These are always an enjoyable interlude in such a hectic world. Many health organisations are promoting the benefits of the green gym to refresh mind, body and soul. Our green gym, caring for Gods Acre at St. Giles has been in operation for 19 years now. Even the seemingly mundane task of raking up grass can help cast off worries and bring a sense of wellbeing and achievement.
So thank you to everyone who has helped in any way. Those doing the raking, other hard work tasks such as clearing long grass and stacking the leavings pile. Also the so important TLC tasks identifying and nurturing the more fragile species and updating records to show exactly what effect our management is having. At the Annual Seminar at Wilcot we were presented with the Bishops Award for continued wildlife management at St. Giles this accredits and validates our work
The St. Giles Blog can be found at
http://stgileslivingchurchyard.blogspot.co.uk/. So ably compiled by Sue and Tim. So to the future – 2017 will see our 20th year of continued management.
There have been many depressing reports in the press recently concerning declining wildlife, especially Butterflies. At St. Giles we have good numbers of Meadowland species. However we need the management to continue for years to come. So we look forward to some new volunteers next year with the enthusiasm to take this established wildlife site onwards and also improve it. Recently our Churchyard has been nominated by Caring for Gods Acre, the national body for management of sacred land, to become a top ten Churchyard to visit. More information can be found on the Church Days website.
Harvest Festival Service & Lunch
More about our lovely Norman Church
Churchwarden Mrs Hilary Greene looks after the St Giles Church website. This can be found at:
and includes everything you need to know about forthcoming services & events.
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