Church Services.

Bible Readings.

Life Events.

Parish Diary.

Parish News.

Forest Church.




The Parish of
Swaledale with  Arkengarthdale
“People must feel that the natural world is important and valuable and beautiful and wonderful and an amazement and a pleasure”
David Attenborough

“The fate of animals is indissolubly connected with the fate of man”
Emile Zola

“The love of all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man”
Charles Darwin

“A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given  by his father, but borrowed from his children”
John James Audubon

“If we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold or silver”
Martin Luther

“It is not enough to understand the natural world; the point is to defend and preserve it”
Edward Abbey

“What is the good of having a nice house without a decent planet to put it on?”
David Henry Thoreau

“Our task must be to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty”
Albert Einstein
“In all things of nature there is something of the marvellous”

“The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them but to be indifferent towards them”
George Bernard Shaw

“All over the world the wildlife I write about is being exterminated by what we call the progress of civilisation”
Gerald Durrell

“If you have a man who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men”
St. Francis of Assisi

“Conservation is a state of harmony between man and the land”
Aldo Leopold

“When I hear of the destruction of a species, I feel as if the works of a great writer have perished”
Theodore Roosevelt

“Each species is a masterpiece; a creation assembled with extreme care and genius”
Edward Wilson
The Grinton Conservation Project has been running since 2012, and a wide range of local people have been involved with different areas of work.

2015 Grinton Conservation Project Meetings
These are on the second Saturday of each month, from 10.00am at St. Andrew’s. They will begin with a brief meeting, and move into a practical session. All are welcome to come along.

UPDATE October 2014:


BATS - Next year, Brigitte from the North Yorkshire Bat Group is hoping to do a monthly Bat recording session to understand more about the habits of the bats roosting and feeding close to the church


BEES - We now have a beehive in the churchyard, and have harvested summer mixed flower honey, then a small quantity of heather honey.  Bees are now “bedded down” for winter.


BIRDS - We plan to have a Dawn Chorus walk in Spring 2015.


TREES - Thanks to Neil Francis who has catalogued all our trees, and noted a few that need “watching'”for potential tree surgery in the future.  Quite a few (relatively young) trees are overgrowing gravestones.  We intend to prune or even fell these over the next few years, and the next step is to

prioritise and decide who/how to do this.


WILDFLOWERS - We've designated two areas where we will aim to create good conditions for wildflowers (one for Spring, the other for early Summer species).  Mark Hewitt, YDNPA Wildlife Officer, has provided advice to help us with these plans.  Marjorie has continued to record details of the

flowers seen each month, so we can compare year to year changes.


WILDLIFE - We organised a “moth trapping” event, identifying and releasing them the next day.


BALANCING BIODIVERSITY AND ACCESS - we've agreed areas to leave “wild”, plus some wildlife corridors in sections not needed for grave access.  We will prioritise work to help the front section of the churchyard look tidier for wedding photographs (and “best kept village” competitions!).


GRAVES - Jonathan Dawson has collated records for many of the graves (though some of the more recent ones still need to be recorded - any help much appreciated!), and added them to the churchyard map.


SCULPTURE TRAIL - Our first 2 Willow Sculptures (of bees) are in place, and our next project will be a seat/bench, next spring.


GOOGLE GROUP - The Conservation Group now has a Google Group for sharing information and activities.

The address is:   GCPforum@googlegroups.com