Churchyards sit at the physical and spiritual heart of many communities across the United Kingdom. Some date back to Saxon or even earlier times as Christian burial grounds. These in turn have reused places held to be sacred by the Romans and by the various peoples of Britain and Ireland before them.

However deep their spiritual history, churchyards now provide another kind of sanctuary: for Nature. While Nature has receded from the landscape in the face of modern agriculture and development, churchyards have often escaped these pressures. These special places combine a sense of the spiritual ...


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