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  • Park your ride at Foxearth
    November 18, 2016

    foxearth-digging-1Foxearth’s visitor experience is expected to flourish even more – thanks to proposals for a new car park at A Rocha UK’s 11-acre nature reserve.

    After an eventful journey, plans have been approved by Braintree District Council for a parking area at the site, which lies on the Suffolk and Essex border. When completed, it will offer space for eight cars, two motorbikes and four pushbikes. Work has begun on finding the best materials for the surface.

    PARKING PILGRIM

    The proposal has come about after a long quest for ranger Mark Prina. ‘I’d parked a few times within the gates after starting work at Foxearth in September 2015,’ he recalled, ‘quickly recognising the less than ideal verge parking option.

    ‘After a period of wet weather in the October, I duly drove through the gates and immediately got stuck fast – horribly stuck! Fortunately ... Read more...


  • New liturgy gives life to the world
    November 18, 2016

    matthew-rushton-1-1Renewal not just of the spirit – but also of the world – is the aim of a new ‘Green Communion’ created for A Rocha UK’s Eco Church award scheme.

    And A Rocha UK are urging as many churches as possible to use this specially written liturgy on 5th February. The ‘Green Communion’ will be a key feature at services across England and Wales.

    SPECIAL SUNDAY

    ‘We’ve set aside that date as a special Sunday to celebrate the first year of Eco Church,’ said Churches And Theology Director Dr Ruth Valerio. ‘A Rocha UK is urging churches to join in by covering their communion table with a green cloth, affirming their care for creation.’

    The ‘Green Communion’ has been written by Rev Matthew Rushton (pictured), who leads the worship life of Canterbury Cathedral. The liturgy provides a full communion service – and offers ... Read more...


  • Your pound could buy our pond
    November 18, 2016

    frog-square-3-1Supporters are urged to make donations for a new wildlife pond – as A Rocha UK goes ‘live’ with The Big Give Christmas Challenge in the next few days.

    Donors can make twice the splash with every pound they give. From 12noon 29th November to 12noon 2nd December, The Big Give Christmas Challenge will match each donation and help A Rocha UK create a wildlife ‘oasis’ in West London’s urban sprawl.

    NO EXTRA COST

    Thanks to The Big Give Christmas Challenge, A Rocha UK supporters can see their donations double at no extra cost. A Rocha UK is urging supporters to help raise £7,000 for a pond at the Wolf Fields urban nature reserve.

    The Big Give Christmas Challenge will double the amount A Rocha UK receives up to a maximum of £14,000 – at no extra cost to the giver. Supporters must visit Read more...


  • Comment: You, me and Trump
    November 18, 2016

    american-flags-1-1The whole world should vote in the US elections, because they have such an impact on the rest of us. At least that’s how the joke goes. With the election of Donald Trump, more people than ever would agree. If Trump implements even half of his campaign promises, it’ll be a disaster for the environment.

    NIGHTMARISH SCENARIO

    The president-elect has pledged to cancel US participation in the Paris Agreement on climate change, reverse Obama’s laws to reduce coal-fired power station emissions, abolish support to renewable energy projects and shut down the US Environmental Protection Agency. That’s just for starters. It’s a nightmarish scenario that could well come true. So, what can we do?

    We should pray for the millions of US citizens who care passionately about nature. They’re grieving and fearful today, and need wisdom on how to proceed. We can hope the momentum ... Read more...


  • Splash out on a pond!
    October 31, 2016

    tbg-christmas-logo-02-1Generous supporters – with the backing of The Big Give Christmas Appeal – have just raised more than £15,000, exceeding the target to put in a pond at Wolf Fields. But there’s a chance to do more to make this a real wildlife ‘oasis’ for West London.

    ‘You did it!’ said CEO Andy Atkins, just after hearing the news. ‘Thanks to all our supporters and the Big Give Christmas Appeal, we can now build a pond at our Wolf Fields urban nature reserve. Our plan is to make a better home for hard pressed amphibians and enable more local children to have a great experience of nature.

    ‘We send a big “thank you” from all of us at A Rocha UK. The Challenge is now open until 12pm (midday) on Tuesday 6th December – so there’s still time to donate to our ... Read more...



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