Work is soon to reach its fruition on establishing an orchard at A Rocha UK’s urban nature reserve Wolf Fields.
Sixty trees specially ordered for the project arrived just before enews went to press. The consignment was made up of 30 apple trees, 15 pears, five cherries, five plums, two each of quinces and mulberries – and one medlar tree – with its unusual tomato-sized, golden-green fruit.
‘We’ve now “heeled in” the trees and covered them up to keep them safe from frosts until we plant them,’ said Community Manager Kailean Khongsai. ‘We’ll be planting the trees over two days in February. All are welcome to come along and join in – but please wear warm clothing and sensible shoes!’
Other parts of Wolf Fields are also being developed. Groundwork for the sensory garden was completed in November ... Read more...
A Rocha UK’s Eco Church award scheme has been welcomed by former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams as part of a ‘tectonic shift’ in Christian culture.
Launching Eco Church at St Paul’s Cathedral on 26th January, Dr Williams said environmental concerns need to ‘embed more deeply’ into the Church’s mindset. ‘But progress has been made,’ he told his audience, ‘you here tonight are a part of that.’
About 300 people packed out the cathedral crypt – which was illuminated green for the launch. Using iPads available at the reception, people saw Eco Church just after it went ‘live’ with advice on applying environmental issues across the spectrum of church life.Read more...
Former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams is helping UK churches to become green – starting with St Paul’s Cathedral. Dr Williams launches A Rocha UK’s Eco Church award scheme there today (26th January).
The former head of the global Anglican Communion will present the cathedral with the first ever Eco Church award. Managed by environment charity A Rocha UK, Eco Church equips congregations to become more eco-friendly. An online survey and resources help churches respond to environmental issues across congregational life.
‘After recent climate change talks in Paris, Eco Church helps churches integrate environmental care through worship, management of buildings and land, community and global engagement, and personal lifestyle of church members’, said A Rocha UK’s Dr Ruth Valerio.Read more...
Churches could transform the environment of these islands, says A Rocha UK’s new chief Andy Atkins (pictured). In a special interview for Families First – the magazine of the Mothers’ Union – he calls Christians to rescue creation.
‘There’s an urgent need,’ he told the January/February edition of the publication, ‘given the reality of climate change and the speed at which we’re losing once abundant nature – including our “common or garden” birds.’
Andy gave the interview just before taking on his new role at the start of January 2016. He told the magazine about a childhood of dodging crazed crocodiles and toxic trees in the Australian wilderness – to his adulthood of addressing the biggest anti-poverty march in British history. He shared stories of living on a remote tropical island and moving to London’s East End.
After ... Read more...