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  • Make a stand for Eco Church
    May 27, 2016

    CRE stand busy - 1Hot on the heels of the Eco Church appeal fund, A Rocha UK set up their first ever stand at the Christian Resources Exhibition (CRE).

    A Rocha UK displayed their award scheme at CRE just after the Eco Church appeal fund was launched by CEO Andy Atkins. ‘We’re delighted at the demand for Eco Church,’ said Andy. ‘Now we need to raise funds to respond effectively.’

    Supporters have been encouraged to donate online (at www.justgiving.com/arochauk – quote EC201605 in the comments box so your donation can boost our work with churches). People have also been advised that they can give by post (FREEPOST RSSB-SCBG-CSKR, A Rocha UK, 18 Avenue Road, Southall UB1 3BL – use the code ‘EC201605’ on the reverse ... Read more...


  • PM digs for victory in youth work
    May 27, 2016

    Dave and Andy Prime Minister David Cameron connected with the roots of nature when he joined A Rocha UK Conservation Director Andy Lester and Adventure Plus chief Jon Cox for a recent tree-planting ceremony in Oxfordshire.

    Mr Cameron was helping put the finishing touches to a newly expanded copse on Adventure Plus’s site. It’s the first stage of an ‘adventure base’ to enable hundreds of children enjoy nature and acquire bushcraft skills.

    PARTNERS’ RETREAT

    Adventure Plus has been working with A Rocha UK and other partners to plant more than 1,500 new trees in this wildlife-rich copse as a place for birds and animals to live – and young people to learn.

    The Prime Minister discussed with Andy Lester the importance of steering youth away from computers and into the countryside. ‘We must get young people more engaged with the outdoors,’ said Mr ... Read more...


  • Help bring heaven down to Foxearth
    May 27, 2016

    foxearth hard graftYou can help bring heaven down to Foxearth. All you have to do is contact ranger Mark Prina.

    Mark (pictured) is compiling a list of volunteers to care for A Rocha UK’s 11-acre nature reserve and further enhance this beauty spot that’s already home to many wonders – including dragonflies and nightingales.

    MAJOR SITE

    On the Suffolk-Essex border, Foxearth is a vast meadow close to Constable’s Barn that holds 20 of the known 45 species of dragonfly. This fact alone makes it a major conservation site.

    Interest has already been shown by local Christians – including Sudbury Methodist Church and the North Hinckford Benefice of Anglican churches. Mark is keen to recruit even more helpers.

    ‘Many strands are developing at Foxearth,’ said Mark, ‘and it’s great fun keeping the plates spinning!’

    Helpers have also been hard at work assisting Mark in developing some of the ... Read more...


  • Fighting for the ocean forests
    May 27, 2016

    Ocean forests of kelp could be felled by hungry limpets. S­o A Rocha UK and A Rocha International intern Hannah Hereward is monitoring these marauding molluscs.

    Twenty-three-year-old marine researcher Hannah is pursuing her vital study at Lee Abbey – the popular Devon-based Christian retreat centre that’s part of A Rocha UK’s Partners In Action network.

    BLUE-RAYED LIMPETS

    She spends part of her time in Lee Bay on the centre’s estate, looking at the impact of blue-rayed limpets on kelp. This large seaweed is an essential component in the ocean’s eco-system.

    ‘Kelp in general is really important to study,’ said Hannah, ‘because it supports a whole range of other species. If the kelp forest reduces, many other species are likely to suffer – such as fish and crabs.’

    According to Hannah, while much study has been carried out on urchin grazing on kelp, little research has been ... Read more...


  • Help us grow greener churches!
    April 29, 2016

    WF-Andy Atkins & Lord Tony Young with local volunteersHelp Eco Church grow. That’s the message from A Rocha UK chief Andy Atkins (pictured far left at urban reserve Wolf Fields). Andy has just launched an appeal fund for the award scheme in the latest edition of A Rocha UK’s Root & Branch magazine.

    However, supporters don’t have to wait for their copy – they can donate online now (at www.justgiving.com/arochauk – quote EC201605 in the comments box so your donation can boost our work with churches).

    Alternatively, supporters can give by post (FREEPOST RSSB-SCBG-CSKR, A Rocha UK, 18 Avenue Road, Southall UB1 3BL – use the code ‘EC201605’ on the reverse of any cheque or charity voucher sent).

    Read more...



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