Time marches on but no matter how our towns and villages change Cotswold churchyards can often serve as a living time capsule. Little changes here except in many cases slow incremental dilapidation which without the care an attention of local communities can often go unchecked.

The village of Kingscote, south of Gloucester is no exception, its churchyard wall was crumbling before a team of people took time out to reverse the decay and rebuild a stretch of drystone wall over 30 meters long. Not only that but they threw in a beautiful new gate for good measure.

So who are they? The Cotswold Voluntary Wardens are a 350 strong army of volunteers who give up many hours of their time every year to care for the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, (AONB).

Last year, a small team of wardens gave Kingscote Churchyard their undivided attention and to celebrate the completion of the restoration work they took part in a church service. This was followed by a thanksgiving celebration party at the wall.

Noel Banks who's work party co-ordinator for the team of wardens who carried out the work said:

" This is what the wardens service is all about, giving our time to care for the Cotswolds landscape and all that sits in it. Wardens love being out in the open and a lot of care and attention goes into our work."

Founded in 1968 the Wardens Service works to repair Cotswold drystone walls, keep access routes open by installing gates, steps and bridges and much, much more; because they all know the lie of the land Wardens conduct hundreds of guided walks every year and make an appearance at many of the summer shows which take place across the Cotswolds.

When they are not busy helping people to understand the Cotswolds countryside you can find teams of wardens helping to manage woodland, lay hedges and plant trees.

The Wardens service is the voluntary arm of the Cotswold Conservation Board, the organisation which exists to conserve and enhance the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.