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4 March 2015
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New holiday offers ‘seal’ of approval

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Swimming with seals is just one of the unusual activities being offered on a unique new holiday pioneered by A Rocha UK this spring. […]


4 March 2015
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Adventure charity joins A Rocha UK

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Outdoor pursuits charity Adventure Plus have joined A Rocha UK’s growing network of Partners In Action. A Rocha UK are helping to put conservation […]


4 March 2015
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Foxearth: the dream comes true

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march enews foxearth 1A dream has come true for A Rocha UK. The charity now has its own nature reserve – thanks to the overwhelming generosity of its supporters.

A benefactor had offered the 12-acre site Foxearth (pictured) to A Rocha UK at a special rate of £45,000. Such an altruistic gesture seemed to open the floodgates, as many responded to an online prospectus and magazine appeal in November.

When donations poured in for the initial appeal, A Rocha UK’s former CEO Mairi Johnstone said it was one of the best campaigns ever. ‘We’re genuinely humbled by the response – especially against a backdrop of a challenging financial climate,’ she said at the time.

That was closely followed at Christmas by matched funding campaign The Big Give, producing a further £20,000 to pay for a part-time ranger. Now the purchase has been made of this haven for dragonflies and damselflies.


8 February 2015
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Pioneers to promote creation care

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Two environmental pioneers will share a speaking platform when A Rocha UK’s Dr Ruth Valerio and Friends Of The Earth’s Andy Atkins give keynote […]


8 February 2015
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Goodbye, Mairi, our servant leader

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mairi johnstone for enewsShe’s done the washing-up, made the coffee, prepared for board meetings and led her team carefully through change. Her name is Mairi Johnstone, CEO of A Rocha UK. And sadly, she is leaving.

Head of the organisation for the past two years – having previously been its Finance and Administration Director – she moves on at the end of February to become CEO of the Methodist Ministers Housing Society.

Mairi’s journey through A Rocha UK started at a meeting with former Chair Richard Hall. He visited Mairi early in 2010 to persuade her to become a trustee. She ended up becoming CEO.

‘I’d never have thought it was possible for so much to suit one role,’ said Mairi, ‘strategist, lawyer, leader, preacher, manager – all sitting alongside my long held love of the natural world! Did Richard spot all of this?’

She said one of her greatest pleasures was how she’s been able to use that mix of her own qualifications and experience to help strengthen the organisation, particularly its financial base. ‘It’s been my absolute privilege to lead A Rocha UK through some very interesting times,’ said Mairi. ‘It was important for us, a couple of years ago, to develop a new strategy – and we did that.

‘We now have new projects, opportunities and partnerships. We have excellent plans in place so we can keep showing how it’s possible for Christians in the UK to make a real difference when it comes to conservation and environmental education – to be salt and light in the world.’


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