An ancient holy well in Wales, now being
Humans need water – it is part of us and it gives us
life. So it is not surprising that all cultures and
religions have ceremonies that involve water – washing
with it, drinking it, pouring it, thanking its deities
or sprinkling it on children’s foreheads.
Land includes an element of Sacred Water – whether this
involves rivers, holy wells, coastal marshlands or
• Sacred wells have been rediscovered
and repaired throughout North Cornwall.
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• Throughout Britain, fishing communities
are struggling – because of over-fishing and tough
measures to combat it many people are losing their
is a new initiative to work through the churches to help
• One of the most famous
medieval wells of England – the Lady Mary Well – is
found on a hill in Shropshire on the Welsh Borders. In
the 1200s it had almost as many pilgrim visitors as
Canterbury. In the 1990s the farmer who owned the land
destroyed it. Sacred Land is working with the local
community first to get the site officially recognised –
and then to implement a conservation plan.