God's acre


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God's acre

A churchyard burial area. The phrase is a translation of the German word, Gottesacker, “God's field” where the souls of the faithful are sown. The phrase also been used for the dedication of a portion of a farm field or a garden plot to growing food that will be given to the needy. The phrase should not be confused with Erskine Caldwell's 1933 novel, God's Little Acre.
See also: acre
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Wales needs its own Caring for God's Acre organisation: a single, nationally funded body which acts as a link between all the stakeholders, capable of advising, disseminating information, assisting with fund raising, and helping with conservation work.
Adjoining conservation lands to the property include Logan Field, land that is under the jurisdiction of the Conservation Commission known as Patches Conservation Area, the Greater Worcester Land Trust's Tetasset Ridge property, and the city's God's Acre conservation area.
She works Caring for God's Acre (CfGA), a charity which advises churchyard conservation projects, including the Sacred Space initiative in Wrexham.
When St Mary Magdalene Church in Leintwardine, Herefordshire, became the first project of wildlife charity, Caring For God's Acre, it was the community as much as the graveyard that got a shake-up.
The $40,000 was sought for a 17-acre parcel that will link the Tetasset Ridge Trail to open space along Tatnuck Brook, including the God's Acre and Patches Conservation Areas.
There is also the site of the mass grave on a place called God's Acre on the corner of Walsall Street and Lichfield Street on the edge of the town centre.
Fishing rights are included in the sale that is being coordinated by James Hayman-Joyce of Hayman-Joyce who said: "There's a huge amount of demand for amenity land of this kind in the Cotswolds, either from people with horses, fishermen, or just someone who wants to own a few of God's acres in pretty countryside.