Our Engagement Director Rich Bee (pictured centre) presented the honour to Dean of York Minster The Very Rev Dr Vivienne Faull last month (July). The ceremony took place at a service in the presence of the Archbishop of York, Most Rev Dr John Sentamu and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Rev Justin Welby.
‘The improvement in position to the Silver Award came not from a short burst of action,’ said Dr Faull, ‘but from recognising the many actions we’ve been taking and continue to take with regard to our sustainability and the impact we have on our planet.’
The 600th congregation to join the Eco Church family is Christ Church Abingdon (pictured) – which boasts a historic association with A Rocha UK. They support Peter and Miranda Harris, who set up the first A Rocha centre in Portugal in 1983.
‘Our registration has grown out of the longstanding links we have with A Rocha,’ said Eco Church Rep Dalibor Warburton.
The Countryfile team report on rural and environmental issues at various regions across the UK. As part of this Sunday’s focus on Essex, the programme will show presenter Ellie Harrison exploring Foxearth Meadows (pictured) – the country’s only nature reserve managed specifically for dragonflies.
As the BBC schedule tells us, Ellie ‘gets up close to these highly coloured and fascinating insects’. From the comfort of their own homes, Countryfile viewers will be able to join Ellie on her trip to the site. Visitors will be especially welcome at the reserve in the week following the programme.
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.