St Luke's Church Whyteleafe have shared their response to the April East Surrey People's Assembly below:
Following on from the People's Assembly evening and appreciating that there's no time like the present, I have resolved to start making a difference to my local environment by focusing my efforts on improving the grounds of St Luke's churchyard, Whyteleafe.
The churchyard is a beautiful open space, about a quarter of a mile from the busy A22. It is regarded as a precious resource by local people who enjoy its tranquil surroundings and especially in recent Covid times it has proved to be of real benefit to the community.
However, fine as the grounds are, the church leadership has become increasingly aware that much could be done to improve the biodiversity of the area, by creating a more sustainable space for wildlife to thrive.
In short the churchyard needs some TLC.
So to highlight the need to care for this particular corner of God's acre, the Church is organising a Rake and Cake event on the morning of the 19th June. Numerous local community groups have been invited to come along, including families, school children, the green-fingered allotment workers and uniformed organisations. Our aim is to recruit a dedicated team of volunteers who will be sufficiently enthused to work towards making the churchyard more eco friendly.
On the day itself, the churchyard manager will allocate different tasks to people, and any children will be encouraged to take part in the 'Count on Nature' project, discovering how many insects and plants they can find in the grounds. Refreshments will be available, with a fine array of homemade cakes.
Our aim is to ensure that we take seriously our responsibility to enhance this area, so that it becomes a more naturally sustainable space as well as continuing to be a tranquil oasis for parishioners to enjoy.
~ Revd Sara Goatcher, St Luke's, Whyteleafe