Our Engagement Director Rich Bee (pictured centre) presented the honour to Dean of York Minster Very Rev Dr Vivienne Faull in 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.’Read more...
Many supporters have already given to this latest appeal – ensuring A Rocha UK is just over a quarter of the way to target. However, that means there’s still a way to go before the charity can boost the Reserve Manager post from part-time to full-time.
Foxearth Meadows is literally ‘buzzing’ with life at this time of year, with dragonflies and damselflies zipping over shaded ponds while other insects and mammals go about their business and the uncommon hobby (falcon) flies overhead. But their presence is entirely dependent on the right kind of habitat.
‘During the last two years we’ve worked hard to maintain and improve the habitats at the reserve,’ said Marketing Manager Beverly Evans. ‘But ... Read more...
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.Read more...
Several tonnes of earth have been moved to create the pond and dipping platform. The London Borough of Ealing provided a free source of water for the wetland area.
‘Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we now have a fantastic area of fresh water on site,’ said Conservation Director Andy Lester. ‘Given how dry this area of London is, our biggest struggle was to fill the pond. So we’re immensely grateful to the council for covering the costs of filling it up!’
Conservation intern Abi Forsythe and the community team have been busy purchasing aquatic plants – and planting has begun. ‘The good news is that many of the plants have taken well,’ Andy explained.
‘Not quite so good ... Read more...
The spring campaign target for £200,000 of new loans resulted in loan offers of more than £500,000 – and gifts exceeding £40,000. Such an overwhelming result – more than covering the amount – came after a year of prayer and planning.
‘Thanks to God’s grace and supporters’ incredible generosity, A Rocha UK was able to repay all the loans linked to our Southall base which were due this month,’ said CEO Andy Atkins. ‘We also have sound options for repaying all remaining loans in five years’ time, which we’re committed to doing.
‘Supporters’ response was amazing. Securing our national base for the next five years gives us a great foundation for continuing to increase the impact of our ... Read more...