Diocesan press releases

Heritage and Nature to be unveiled in ancient Conwy Churchyard

A church in Conwy is to transform its churchyard into a heritage and nature area.

St Mary’s Church, Llanfairtalhaiarn, is launching the work on Tuesday 12 June with a Big Nature Afternoon, led by S4C gardening presenter, Iwan Edwards.

Iwan, who presents Garddio a Mwy and is a member of the North Wales Wildlife Trust, will be giving insights on the immense potential that is locked into an ancient churchyard.

The Church, which received a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £108,000 has recently undergone major renovation and restoration work to the walls and roof.  It was closed in October 2017 and re-opened on 22 April, with the church bell being rung for the first time in years.

Maryann Williams, who is organising the Big Nature Afternoon said: “The aim is to develop the churchyard’s huge potential as both a heritage and nature area.

“Thanks to the funding from the Heritage Lottery and to a grant from Tesco’s Bags of Help fund we can focus on providing a space that will be a resource for not just churchgoers but also all in the local community and visitors to our most attractive village. There will be information leaflets for both adults and children together with QR codes. The church has a Facebook Page – St Mary’s Church Working with the Community and there are plans to include information on the village website talhaiarn.cymru.”

The BIG NATURE AFTERNOON coincides with the nationwide Cherishing Churchyards Week (9- 17 June).  Children from Ysgol Talhaiarn will be visiting the church yard and taking part in activities.

For further information visit St Mary’s Church Working with the Community facebook page.