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The Sacred Land Project was launched by the Archbishop of Canterbury in April 1997 with the aim of reviving and creating sacred sites in Britain and overseas. It is about reminding people that the landscape where they live can be as sacred as any holy land.

The key to the Sacred Land Project's success was its mission to work with groups, not individuals, on projects that are open to the public. It was WWF’s major religious undertaking in Britain and has the backing of the principal churches, conservation and environmental organisations, and the major faiths practised in Britain.

Sacred Land has led to hundreds of projects run by faith groups along this model - some of which we know about, many of which we will never hear about.

For ARC the project has moved to become a Sacred Sites Programme, with the intention of making the term "sacred site" an internationally recognised term, conferring protection by national governments and others.


Sacred Land Project - How to Start.

ARC/UN 7 Year Plan - Use of Assets.

Beyond Belief: WWF-International and ARC publication.

Endangered meadows of Gotland.

Mongolian Buddhists Protecting Nature Handbook.

Sacred texts, places and ovoos in Mongolia.

Sacred sites in Mongolia.

sutras about sacred land in Mongolia in Mongolia.

“Maronite Protected Environment”. Link “Maronite Protected Environment”.

Download the Sacred Land Information Pack from our Downloads section

In partnership with UBrain TV Martin Palmer, ARC Secretary General, made a short video film in March 2012 explaining the Sacred Land technique and using one of his own local churches as an example. Use the following links to see part 1 and part 2 of this film.

Link here to read an article on sacred gardens in Dutch, published in the Friesch Dagblad on May 31, 2007, and featuring ARC's Sacred Land project.

Link here to read an article from the Daily Telegraph (July 21, 2012) on the Sacred Land technique applied to historic Bristol churches.

Other organisations working with Sacred Land

Please note these are not ARC projects and the links below will take you to external websites.

Link here for Earth Island Institute's Sacred Land Film Project.

Link here to read about the Sacred Land Initiative in the Solu Khumbu district of North East Nepal

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