The Northampton-based charity The Wildlife Trust has announced its 2020 Conservation Churchyard Award Scheme which aims to help churches to increase the wildlife in their churchyards or gardens. Churches can register for the scheme and will receive an advisory visit on making the most of their trees, shrubs, grasslands and meadow plants, as well as on providing habitats for a variety of animals. Registered churches can then work towards receiving Bronze, Silver and Gold awards.
The Bronze award is aimed at churches who are starting out managing their churchyards for wildlife. These churches will need some form of management plan, and to have made a start on some conservation work. The Silver award is aimed at churchyards whose conservation management is up and running and starting to benefit a range of wildlife, while the Gold award is aimed at the best churchyards for wildlife, where conservation management is well established across a range of habitats and species, and benefiting a range of wildlife.
Each award lasts for three years, after which churches can re-apply or go for a higher award. Applying for an award costs £5. To request a visit or apply for an award, please contact the Wildlife Trust for an application form. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01604 405285. The closing date for entries is 28th February 2020.