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Explore and uncover the fascinating hidden secrets in Wrexham’s rural churchyards. Take time to stand, sit and stare at the hidden delights in our amazing churchyards.You can explore and experience a haven of wildlife in an oasis of calm. Some areas have been left untouched for generations so it has let the wildlife thrive. See the trees, flowers, birds, insects, lichens, mosses, mammals and so much more.

In these special places also discover the history and stories of people who lived in the area - such as the five children who drowned when the ice gave way on a Bettisfield pond or the man who left home in Chirk ‘in perfect health’ and lost his life in a mining explosion.

Tremendous Trees Fabulous Flowers Butterflies, Birds and Bats

Tremendous Trees

Take the opportunity to discover some of Britain’s oldest evergreen trees that symbolise immortality. See the magnificent ancient Gresford ‘Old Lady’ common yew with its vibrant berries.And find the compact fluted Irish yew, known as the churchyard yew.

Fabulous Flowers

Discover the living rainbow of colours throughout the seasons.Welcome the spurt of spring colour with white snowdrops, pink cyclamen and purple violets. See the summer changes with the splash of colour from white ramsons (wild garlic) yellow meadow buttercups and blue harebells. Follow the flowers to the end of the year with the ever- changing traveller’s joy.

Butterflies, Birds and Bats

Fluttering amongst the flowers you will find a world of insects. Look at butterflies feeding on the pollen. Discover the brightly coloured comma or the green- veined white butterfly. Watch the swallows, house martins and bats darting around the churchyard, diving and devouring the insects.

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Sacred Space is an exciting project which helps to conserve the churchyards through a variety of activities which include:

  • Recording and photographing gravestones
  • Carrying out wildlife surveys
  • Carrying out conservation activities to encourage wildlife
  • Producing interpretation material such as leaflets
  • Activities to explore the variety of wildlife and history

On our website you will find out more about the following "Sacred Spaces":-

St John the Baptist, Bettisfield

Holy Trinity, Bronington

St Mary, Chirk

St Hilary, Erbistock

St Deiniol, Eyton

St David, Froncysyllte

All Saints, Gresford

St Chad, Hanmer

St Pauls, Isycoed

St Mary Magdalene, Penley

Christ Church, Rossett

St Mary Magdalene, Tallarn Green

St Mary's, Minera

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