More than 300 people – from Essex and beyond – celebrated the opening of A Rocha UK’s Foxearth Meadows on 13th May.
It started with more than 150 local residents cutting a 100-metre-long ‘eco-ribbon’ to launch this ‘perfect’ place for nature.
Politicians, conservationists, church leaders and families were united in this packed one-day programme to welcome Britain’s only nature reserve managed primarily for dragonflies.
A Rocha UK are watching life spring from death, as they get ready for the official opening of their new nature reserve Foxearth Meadows.
They’ve found that dragonflies are using diseased trees as nurseries on the 11-acre site by the Essex-Suffolk border.
As a result, A Rocha UK have decided not to chop the fungus-ridden wood, and let their residents flourish.
They will officially open Foxearth Meadows on 13th May as Britain’s only nature reserve managed primarily for dragonflies.
A total of 1,500 downloads of a specially written Green Liturgy and 700 downloads of an earth-friendly bread recipe helped churches rise to the occasion.
Celebrations kicked off with a special service at Canterbury Cathedral on 4th February. Led by Bishop of Dover Rt Rev Trevor Willmott and Archdeacon of Maidstone Ven Stephen Taylor, it was attended by Eco Churches from across the diocese. Nationwide, services started the following day on 5th February. A number of churches had taken this as their opportunity to work for an award in time to have it presented at their Green Communion service.
As they get ready to hold Green Communion services on Sunday 5th February, churches can download the special recipe. Their events mark the first anniversary of A Rocha UK’s highly popular Eco Church award scheme.
Participating churches are encouraged to bake earth-friendly bread for Green Communion, using a recipe from Hilfield Friary. First winners of an Eco Church Gold Award, this Anglican community shares ‘a wise ecology’ from its Dorset base.
New Year offers new hope. We abandon unwelcome aspects of the past and grasp new opportunities to do better in the year ahead. CEO Andy Atkins sees three opportunities for the UK to do better for natural environment in 2017.
First, on nature. The Government will publish its 25-year plan for nature. We need it to be good. UK nature is in deep trouble, according to the 2016 State Of Nature report by charities – which included A Rocha UK (pictured is the report presented by David Attenborough. Photo: RSPB). More than one in ten of 8,000 species studied could disappear from these shores. We urgently need a strong plan to reverse this, led by Government, supported by the public. That would bring hope to supporters of conservation charities.