Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District

Awards for managing churchyard­s


CHILHAM Church hosted the first awards ceremony celebratin­g the management of churchyard­s and cemeteries in Kent.

The Kent God’s Acre Project attracted entries from across the county and winners gathered last Saturday to receive their awards.

Winners included St Peter’s churchyard in Bekesbourn­e which won the Churchyard Interpreta­tion award and St Leonard, Leaveland, near Faversham, which was awarded the Community Involvemen­t prize.

The Rev Caroline Pinchbeck said: “The project recognises churchyard­s and cemeteries as significan­t areas for flora, fauna and social history and seeks to provide advice and guidance for their management.”

A Churchyard Mark scheme has also begun, covering churchyard management.

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