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There are over 20,000 burial grounds in England and Wales, ranging from small rural medieval churchyards to large Victorian city cemeteries, spanning  different cultures, religions and centuries. 

For many people burial grounds are the only locally accessible green space.  

The Caring for God’s Acre charity works nationally to support groups and individuals to investigate, care for and enjoy churchyards and burial grounds. You can find out more about their work here.

Caring for God's Acre's 'Love your Burial Ground Week' is a celebratory week which has been running for many years and this year it runs all this week and until Sunday, June 11. Find out more about the event here

Across Lancashire our parishes and all who help to look after churchyards chapel yards and cemeteries in the Diocese have been encouraged to take part. 

Churches celebrating the wildlife in their churchyards this week by observing and recording plants and animals include St Wilfrid's, Ribchester; St John's Hurst Green (pictured above) and All Hallows, Great Mitton. 

If your church is doing something, remember to tag us on social media @cofelancs to share updates.