The crisis affecting nature is as great as the climate crisis. Caring for creation means looking after our land for the benefit of nature and people.
Church of England guidance
Guidance for dioceses on managing glebe land for biodiversity and climate
This guidance note aims to help those in dioceses that deal with decisions on glebe, to endorse and adopt policies that embed issues of nature and climate into their decision-making
Plants and animals are essential for sustaining the ecosystems that give us food, fuel, health and wealth.
As Christians we are called to care for our God-given creation. Churches and their churchyards are an important part of the diverse natural habitat of England.
We can help you care for and promote yours.
Trees are a traditional and valuable feature in your churchyard. They create character and support wildlife.
We can help you take good care of them.
Resources to help you
Caring for God’s Acre works nationally to support groups and individuals to investigate, care for, and enjoy churchyards and burial grounds.
The Eco Church scheme is a great way to get all parts of your church life working to care for creation. It helps you to engage practically and spiritually, with people in your church and the community beyond.
Start by filling in the Eco Church survey and see how close you are to winning an award already.
Find help with churchyard management, inspiring examples of how Church land at all levels is being managed, hear from Bishop Graham Usher about becoming more aware of nature, and get informed about the big picture of the twin crises for climate and nature.
The Bats In Churches Project is working with churches, bat workers and heritage communities to find bespoke, sustainable solutions for some of the worst affected churches in England and provide advice for any church that has resident bats.
Church Count on Nature
Churches Count on Nature 2023 is part of Love Your Burial Ground Week, focusing on the brilliant wildlife to be found in churchyards and chapel yards. It is a is a joint initiative promoted by Caring for God’s Acre, the Church of England, the Church in Wales and A Rocha UK.
The Communion Forest is a global initiative comprising local activities of forest protection, tree growing and eco-system restoration undertaken by provinces, dioceses and individual churches across the Anglican Communion to safeguard creation.
The Wild Christian programme is for individuals and families who want to enjoy and learn about nature together, take practical action at home and in their local areas, and join with other voices for national impact
In Conversation series from the Church Commissioners Rural Assets team
In Conversation – with Paul Temple
Paul Temple speaks about the intellectual challenge of farming, data, engaging the next generation and the policies he’d like to see to support environmentally conscious farming practices.
In Conversation - with Jim Campbell
Jim Campbell walks us through responsible farming practices, his attraction to the farming community, local engagement, and honesty in how we farm now and in the future.
In Conversation – with Scott Norris
Scott Norris explains his new occupation of Tan House Farm as an opportunity to manage agricultural land responsibly, and to raise environmental standards through carbon audits and consider on-the-ground actions.