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.
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...
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.
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...
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.
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 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...
Sleepy Dorset will wake to the sound of spiritual revolution when green activists descend on A Rocha UK partner Hilfield Friary for a weekend retreat this month.
From 20th-22nd May, they’ll learn how to transform people and planet from A Rocha UK Conservation Director Andy Lester, former Kew Gardens chief Sir Ghillian Prance and Brother Sam of the Society of St Francis. The three men will address the theme ‘Re-visioning the world – a radical look at what is shaping life today, and an opportunity to change the way we see the planet’.
The event is part of the programme, ‘Care for our Common Home’. That was the subtitle of Pope Francis’ encyclical letter which offered a vision for creation care, justice and a spirituality of gratitude and humility.
‘The retreat will be a chance to kick off ... Read more...