By Huw Morgan
Community Action Officer
The Community Action team have just started out on a project looking to improve churchyards in Sussex for wildlife. The plan is to work with a number of churches and increase the biodiversity of the churchyards through appropriate management plans, which will be based on ecological surveys and the quirks of each site. Key to this will be looking at mowing regimes in order to establish a wide range of wild flowers and other plants and help increase the numbers of butterflies, bees and other pollinating insects. Once suitable management plans have been drawn up we can look at how we can best help local groups through advice and practical support and create havens for nature across the county.
These churchyards will then act as models to show off what can be achieved and hopefully encourage others to get involved. We will be drawing on the previous experiences of projects such as DownTown Lewes and the work of other charities such as Caring for God’s Acre to help communities get involved with a selection of simple measures to increase the wildlife found in their local churchyards.