Sacred Land Project
The Sacred Land Project, launched in the United Kingdom in 1997, focuses on the ecological preservation of sacred sites within faith communities, including restoring these areas within Britain and abroad to show people that sacred lands are of equal importance as the lands on which they live. The project includes Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, and secular communities in Britain; among other things, they have worked to create inner-city and community gardens, conserve holy wells, renew pilgrimage routes and the beauty of sacred sites, and protect forest areas. Initially a collaboration between the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC) and the World Wildlife Fund UK, it has now expanded globally. ARC Secretary-General Martin Palmer created two publications, Sacred Britain: A Guide to the Sacred Sites and Pilgrim Routes of England, Scotland and Wales and Sacred Land, that outline the impetus behind the faith-based program.