A fun way to engage children in love your burial ground week

Published on: 16th May 2024

local school children exploring church yard at St George's Church, Clun

In the run up to Love Your Burial Ground week and Churches Count on Nature 2024, one local primary school has enjoyed a churchyard scavenger hunt designed by former pupils of St George’s CE Primary School in South Shropshire.


The 86 pupils, ranging from reception up to year 6, visited St George’s church yard in Clun over two afternoons.  They worked in mixed aged groups with the older pupils supporting the younger. The children learned about the many historic features of the church yard, including, the ancient yew tree, lychgate, and discovering the engraved marks on archways of the wall of the church which were used by archers to sharpen arrows during the civil war. 


The ancient yew tree located a short distance from the north side of the church is one of the oldest features in this tranquil church yard.  Estimated to be more than 1,000 years old it was likely planted when the very first place of Christian worship was built on the site, back in Saxon times. One of the pupils explains: “I enjoyed the scavenger hunt. It was really cool to touch where archers had actually sharpened their bows!” 


Headteacher, Rebecca Manning adds: “It is wonderful to see our children explore this beautiful church yard, uncovering the many hidden treasures.  Our visits to St George’s are always enjoyable and we are grateful to Frank Nicholls, church warden who is always supportive of the school and who encourages the children with their learning.”


You can find more information about Love Your Burial Ground Week on the Caring for God's Acre website here.

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