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Haven for heritage and wildlife

As part of the Heritage Lottery Fund Project at St James we are engaged in the Caring For God’s Acre project a national charity dedicated to the conservation of graveyards, special places found in the heart of communities all over the country. 

Rev Mark Badger said:  ‘We are working with West Mercia Probation Service, Worcestershire Wildlife Trust and the local Community to protect, and rejuvenate our graveyard and make it a beautiful haven for heritage and wildlife that is accessible and connected to the local community – to make it a community place and space. The staff and children at Norton Juxta Church of England Primary School are very excited about the project and recently visited the Church to look at the space and begin to develop ideas of what the wildlife area might look like. 

 

As well as their importance as havens for wildlife, cemeteries and graveyards offer a wealth of incredible architecture and captivating stories. Britain holds some of the world’s oldest and most spectacular cemeteries, the final resting places of some of the history’s most influential people. Whether you’re a tombstone tourist or just morbidly curious they are interesting places to visit. More and more people are visiting these fascinating places, and not just to visit their lost loved ones' graves. Cemeteries are becoming destinations for photographers, for walkers and for genealogists and historians. With its history as the Garrison Church for Norton Barracks, the graveyard at St James has 20 plus military graves along with other interesting monuments such as the Childers memorial and we hope to encourage people from the local community and indeed beyond to visit St James in order to celebrate our heritage and also to enjoy the tranquillity, peace and beauty of the graveyard.

 

Mrs Cathryn Parton (Early Years Teacher) said “KS1 recently enjoyed a visit to the local church, St. James’s where they are taking part in a project to help encourage wildlife to visit the churchyard. After looking round the grounds the children sketched some ideas to work on later. Back at school the children enjoyed using their knowledge of animal habitats and life cycles to inspire them as they carefully drew their designs to improve the space. Once completed their designs will be submitted to Rev Mark to hopefully be included in the finished wildlife garden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rev. Mark Badger

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01905 820057

07828 233049

  

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