St Matthew’s Church Salford Priors has been full of activity! As part of the ‘Churches Count on Nature’ initiative, they have had visits from the Salford Beavers, Rainbows, Brownies as well as a whole KS1 trip from Salford Priors Academy. Including their own Muddy Church meet up, they have had over 90 children visit their churchyard to spot trees, lichen, birds, insects and plants.
Churches Count on Nature is a joint initiative promoted by Caring for God’s Acre, A Rocha UK, the Church of England and the Church in Wales. Between the 4th to the 12th June, the count brought local people together to discover the wildlife in their local church yard. They recorded the species they found, combining their results with others which was collated on the Beautiful Burial Ground portal within the National Biodiversity Network (NBN), a nationwide database of wildlife in the UK.
Sarah Folkes, Family Link Worker at St Matthew's says:
“It was a wonderful opportunity to be able to invite so many local children to our Churchyard for this special week. By giving young people the opportunity to experience God’s creation, we are helping instil a sense of awe and wonder as well as responsibility for caring for the world around us. “
Find out more about the Churches Count on Nature here.