News

  • Eco Church gets a royal nod
    May 3, 2017

    vicky gilbert 2 - 1It was a right royal treat for Eco Church when our first Gold Award-winning church was represented before the Queen.

    Environmental Group chair at St Catherine’s Church, Burbage, Vicky Gilbert (pictured) was selected as a recipient of Maundy Money – a tradition dating back to 600AD. She’d been nominated by her Rector, Father Andrew Hall.

    FAIRTRADE STALL

    Each year the Queen visits a different cathedral for the Maundy event. This time it was Leicester – the only cathedral she hadn’t visited for that occasion during her reign. As well as meeting the Queen, Vicky was invited to share her Eco Church experience with Buckingham Palace. ‘St Catherine’s became the first parish church in the country to gain a Gold Award,’ she proudly explained.

    Eco Church Manager Nigel Hopper was delighted with the news. ‘Such attention may be regarded as a once-in-a-lifetime ... Read more...


  • Comment: Push nature up the polls
    May 2, 2017

    We have a general election on 8th June. All citizens get a vote. Billions of other inhabitants – animals and plants – as well as the landscapes they inhabit, do not. This election matters for them, too.

    GENERAL LOSS

    Never has nature been under such threat. A 2016 study State of Nature – of which A Rocha UK was a part – showed a decline in around 50 per cent of animal and plant species in the last 40 years. One in ten of species studied were in danger of being lost from our shores altogether. Now nature is also feeling effects of climate change – disrupting migrating patterns and food availability for some species.

    There are solutions. We see a glimpse of the possible with successful species reintroductions, local restoration of precious landscapes like peat bogs, growth in clean renewable energy. Yet action ... Read more...


  • Growing work needs new volunteers
    April 28, 2017

    Passionate about mobilising churches for the environment? A well-organised person who’d enjoy being part of an office community?

    If so, you might be just right for A Rocha UK. We’re looking for volunteer workers on two key projects – Root and Branch magazine and Eco Church.

    BIBLICAL REFLECTION

    A Rocha UK needs one or two volunteer editors to join the team that produces its well-respected publication. Published twice a year with a 5,000-strong readership, Root and Branch has articles ranging from analysis of international environmental issues, through updates on work in the UK and abroad, to biblical reflection.

    Led by volunteer chief editor Jean Morgan, the team decides the content, commissions and edits articles – ensuring a high-quality product. If you have editorial experience, a passion for good writing, a sharp eye for detail, and would like to be part of this creative team, Read more...


  • Dragonflies need your help
    April 28, 2017

    Four-spotted Chaser David ChandlerHelp make a haven for dragonflies. By responding to A Rocha UK’s latest appeal, you can help establish Foxearth Meadows as a key habitat for these magical creatures.

    LAUNCHED APPEAL

    A Rocha UK’s Foxearth Meadows Nature Reserve (pictured) on the Essex-Suffolk border is at a crucial stage, and needs supporters’ help. We have just launched an appeal to raise money to help us create and maintain this vital habitat for dragonflies and damselflies.

    Dragonflies and damselflies – also known as odonata – are one of the most ancient groups of insects, thriving in wetland habitats. But in the last 50 years, their habitats have been hammered due to a combination of climate change, pond drainage and house-building.

    The 11-acre Foxearth Meadows can provide an important home for these insects. Site management will provide a mixture of open water, shaded pools, reed beds and healthy ... Read more...


  • 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).

    WILDLIFE RICH

    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...



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