• Wild valley scoops £50,000 award
    April 28, 2017

    lea brook 1 - 1A Rocha UK partner Lea Brook Valley has not only just become a charity – but has also scooped fresh funds, renewed vision and captured the respect of water authorities. This spring the project received nearly £50,000 from Yorkshire Waters Biodiversity Fund.

    Part of A Rocha UK’s Partners in Action network, Lea Brook Valley is an almost one-mile-long green corridor in North East Derbyshire from the wetlands of Gosforth Valley, through Dronfield to the River Drone. As well as being rich in wildlife, it’s a natural flood control site for the community (pictured below).


    The money awarded will be spent on improving the site’s balancing ponds, to enhance biodiversity and back a 25-year management plan. This will benefit the community of Dronfield, nature and conservation while serving as its original purpose to reduce the effects of surface water ... Read more...

  • Comment: Bring back our bees
    March 31, 2017

    Pesticides known as ‘neonicotinoids’ are devastating for bee populations. And the European Union is ready to ban three of them, according to The Guardian.

    Over the past five years, scientists across European universities have been studying the impacts of pesticides on bees. They’ve concluded that nothing but a complete ban will help these important creatures.


    Sussex University found that impacts on bees go well beyond the boundaries of treated crops. Wildflowers nearby are contaminated with doses high enough to confuse the bees when foraging – but not enough to kill them instantly. Results like this have shifted opinions.

    However, the ban in mainland Europe may not be enough to protect the honey bee in the UK. Since 1985 there’s been a 53 per cent decline in the number of managed honey bee colonies in Britain. Part of this has been a result of ... Read more...

  • Search is on for nature’s ambassadors
    March 24, 2017

    Ambassadors for nature are being recruited by A Rocha UK and one of our partners, as interns are sought both for the national team and for a centre in South Wales.

    Leading the emerging generation into nurturing ‘wild nature’ will be the challenge for a new Education Intern to work with children across West London. The intern will assist Education Officer David Melville to create engaging activities and prepare fun learning resources.


    ‘Running environmental encounters, holiday park specials and other events at sites and schools around West London will all be part of the job,’ said David. ‘The intern will help express A Rocha UK’s message of Christian hope for the environment.’

    A new volunteer is also needed to help run A Rocha UK’s highly successful award scheme Eco Church. The team member will work from our Southall office ... Read more...

  • School makes a mark on community
    March 24, 2017

    IMG_3647More than 400 West London schoolchildren have made their mark on A Rocha UK’s urban nature reserve Wolf Fields.

    They followed in Banksy’s footsteps – or should we say handprints – by hand painting leaves for autumn, spring and summer trees on a storage container at the three-acre site.


    Pupils and teachers from Wolf Fields Primary School were led by A Rocha UK staff and volunteers in a most orderly fashion to brighten up what otherwise would be a most dull-looking storage unit.

    Wearing protective aprons and gloves, they all contributed to the art display as part of the ongoing development to turn a former drug den and dumping ground into an urban nature reserve and community garden.

    ‘Street art is usually linked to gangs and crime – and at one time that was part of the life of this site,’ said Environmental Education ... Read more...

  • Eco church launches revised survey
    March 24, 2017

    green communion story pic 3 - 1A new version of Eco Church’s online survey is to be launched – and the team is growing to cope with rising demand for A Rocha UK’s award scheme.

    This second edition will include some new questions, revisions to existing responses and associated point scores. There will be a section for additional information about any constraints in a church’s context – or about any activities not covered by the questions.


    The award scheme is now into its second year, with almost 550 churches registered and nearly 100 awards confirmed. Eco Church is big project run by a small team – so they’re looking to recruit a new volunteer.


    The revised scheme comes after churches provided suggestions for making Eco Church even better. Having logged all the feedback, the Eco Church team have been hard at work acting ... Read more...

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