“Church” and “wild” are not usually two words you would see together, but at St John’s, Hurst Green, the first in a series of Saturday Church Goes Wild events was a roaring success.
Their aim is to help the congregation and wider community gain a better understanding of the wildlife around them, and they will also contribute to the church’s third Eco Congregation Award.
The first event focused on the miniature world of lichens and the afternoon was led by Cumbrian naturalist Allan Pentecost. He explained how churchyards could be very rich habitats for lichens, due to the variety of stone and the undisturbed environment.
After a short presentation in the church, adults and children spent time exploring the churchyard for examples of different lichens.
The squeals of delight as the children discovered this world for themselves showed how a little new knowledge can inspire and enthuse us all!
The afternoon finished with a Jacob’s Join tea in the Old School hall. The next event will be on “Bugs and Birds” on Saturday July 30th, at 3 p.m. in St John’s Church, led by nature reserves officer Phil Dykes.
All are welcome and as usual there will be a Jacob’s Join tea. For more information contact Clare Hyde on 01254 878402.