Teas and cakes, tours and quizzes in St Stephen’s Churchyard – and a chance to contribute your ideas on its future. Saturday 19th June 2 pm – 4 pm

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Have you heard about the very peculiar wilderness of churchyards? Considered as timeless green lungs, these reservoirs of biodiversity are essential for our local nature. St Stephen’s Church is taking action to enrich their churchyard’s biodiversity with birds, insects and flowers, and to promote the churchyard as a place for peace and quiet, enjoyment, and wonder for people of all ages. Being a Master’s student at the University of Kent, I am deeply interested in the idea that our churchyard can be a valuable green space for people’s enjoyment, and a space for nature to truly flourish. As part of my dissertation, I would love to hear from local people about what the churchyard means to them, and whether or not they attend church. As well as a chance to give your views, there will also be a wildflower spotting game and, if you have time, a Tai Chi walk. And of course… lots of tea and cake! This event will give you, your family and friends living within St Stephen’s neighbourhood the opportunity to discover how surprising our churchyard’s nature is and how its wilderness can relate to our well-being through joyful individual and group activities.

Places are limited. If you are interested, drop me an email at mab97@kent.ac.uk or call me on 07958013957. The meeting point is on Saturday 19th, at 2 pm, St Stephen’s Churchyard, Hales Dr, Canterbury CT2 7AB.