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Events

Events for November

The Churches Conservation Trust - the national charity protecting historic churches at risk - is piloting a new scheme called Edible Churchscapes to help communities understand and better manage the bio-diversity of churchyards, while at the same time creating a local food hub as they learn processes such as fruit grafting, apple tree care and cider making. Although the scheme is ongoing, there may still be time to make a special training day on October 29 (National Apple Day) at the historic church of St Martin's at Preston Gubbals, Shropshire, which is the first location to trial the initiative.

Activities will include cider making and a fungi and moth survey. Cared for by the CCT, the church and churchyard dates back to the Medieval period. The churchyard is already home to wide variety of plants and animals, illustrating the value these historic patches of land can provide to local communities.

The CCT cares for historic churches that are no longer used for regular worship but which remain consecrated. Its new edible churchyard scheme provides a framework for just one example of how communities can best manage the churchyards of the 340 churches under its care, while at the same time teaching local populations the principals of biodiversity management and sustainable food production which can be practiced anywhere.

Edible Churchscape are scheduled to focus on: habitat surveys and species recording exercises; learning a range of techniques to increase wildlife potential such as encouraging wildflower meadows; species-specific habitat creation; hedge laying and grafting hedges with local heritage food-producing trees; and bringing ancient skills to a new 21st-century audience. One focus of the event on October 29 will the art of cider making with a discussion of how the site could be most productive as an edible churchscape and how to get involved in mapping what could go where.

For more information find the Edible Churchscapes page on Facebook.

This autumn, St Paul's Cathedral hosts a series of public debates about some of the most controversial people in the Bible: Eve, Moses, Job, Mary, Judas and Jesus. The series concludes on November 8 with Jesus: King, criminal, God. 'Even non-believers now think him a good man, but in his day he was thought so dangerous that he could only be silenced by death. What on earth does this story mean?' See www.stpauls.co.uk/forum.

Chislehurst Methodist church will host a selection of 30 images until October 29. Admission is free, but there are a range of connected events for all the family, for which an entry of £5 will be charged. For all the details visit www.chislehurstmethodistchurch.org.uk.