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Chapel Lane 

Great Barr 

Birmingham 

West Midlands 

B43 7BA 

 

Tel: 0121 357 1390

ST MARGARET'S CHURCHYARD

Love your Burial Ground - 4-12 June 2022

LogoThis year’s Love Your Burial Ground Week runs from 4—12 June.  A dedicated week to celebrate burial grounds, it's also the focus for the annual Churches Count on Nature.  Find out more on the Caring for God's Acre (CfGA) website.
The diocese works closely with CfGA who are on hand to help churches manage their burial grounds and enable nature to thrive there.  They have all sorts of helpful material to download.
The CofE website also has details of webinars on net zero carbon and green issues, including recordings of last year's Churches Count on Nature seminars.
Meanwhile, A Rocha UK is inviting people to celebrate and protect God's creation this World Environment Day (5 June) by joining its Wild Christian scheme.  You can sign up to receive their free Wild Christian monthly email, including a biblical reflection and ideas on how to enjoy, nurture and defend nature.

Churches Count on Nature runs as part of Caring for God’s Acre’s ‘Love Your Burial Ground week’.

Churchyards are often uncultivated for generations and are regarded by conservationists as a likely refuge for precious and endangered plants and other wildlife.  ‘God’s Acre’s’ invitation is for people to report the animals, birds, insects, flowers or fungi that they find.  The churchyard data will then be collated on the National Biodiversity Network.

Interested?  Why not come up to the Churchyard during that week and make a note of all the different plants, animals, and fungi that you can find.  Please don’t pick any of the plants.  You can come on your own, or as a family or group.  When you have made your list, please drop a copy into the Parish Office and we will collate them.  We do have some prepared lists and guidebooks of what you might fin

Churchyard Regulations

The Diocese of Lichfield revised their Churchyard Regulations and brought out a new Memorial Application form which includes guidelines for applicants.  These new regulations have now been implemented. 

Please note that it is essential to let the church have the completed Memorial Application form as the form MUST be approved by the Vicar before a memorial stone / ashes tablet can be put into the churchyard.  Without the church's approval, the memorial is illegal and will have to be removed.  It is particularly important to bear this in mind if you go on line to order a memorial.

Remember the stonemason's charges include the cost of actually putting the approved stone into the churchyard.  Legally only BRAM / NAMM approved contractors are allowed in churchyards and crematoria.

For those who wish to have a memorial for their loved one, attached is a guide for the bereaved together with a copy of the application form.

  • Guidance for the Bereaved, click here
  • Application form to introduce a Memorial into the Churchyard, click here

For people wanting to know what is and what is not permitted in the churchyards of the Lichfield Diocese, click here for a copy of the current regulations although we would point out that the vicar may have additional restriction to the Diocesan Policy which relate to peculiarities of their particular churchyard.  At this church, due to the slope and ground conditions in the churchyard, memorials should be no more that 30 inches wide.    

If you require details of stonemasons, please contact us. and we can let you have a list of stonemasons who are used to this churchyard.