Conserving for all
Our churchyards offer almost unique environments for the natural world. They have been largely untouched for centuries, certainly not dug over or planted, and they are havens for wildflowers and wildlife.
The Benefice has been trying to consciously conserve these areas over the last few years. Sadly a planned conservation survey across our churchyards has had to be postponed, but we hope that it will happen in due course. None-the-less work has continued to manage the churchyards so that people can visit graves - and at the moment so that we can hold funerals in them - but also to make them as natural as possible.
In Brooke the "WIldlife Friends" are a group who began to meet in the autumn of 2019. Whilst sharing their interest in the natural world - and a cup of tea - they have also made practical steps to clearly mark out conservation areas and to provide sanctuary for wildlife. They have also worked hard to ensure that those who visit the churchyard at St Peter's are able to spot for themselves all that is there. This has mainly happened at present through a noticeboard near the entry.
Work has been going on even in lock-down and the noticeboard has been updated to reflect the wildlife features of this early summer time. A corrogated iron sheet has been placed in a suitable spot in the hope that it will encourage amphibians, and an upturned dustbin lid has also been installed to offer water to our feathered friends.
Do make the most of the encouragement that we are receiving to be outside at this time and visit one of our churchyards.
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