We face an uphill battle for the planet. Some key guidance will be offered by our own Conservation Director Andy Lester, who is gearing up for a spring conference called Where Eagles Dare. Join him by booking now!
The event will be held on 26th May at Dorset-based Eco Church champions Hilfield Friary, who are also part of our Partners In Action network. The conference will show how Christian hope, grounded in Scripture, can underpin ecology and the need for collective practical action on the planet.
‘A Rocha UK has been working alongside Hilfield Friary as a Partner in Action for the past eight years,’ Andy explained. ‘They were the first site in the UK to gain an Eco Church gold award.
‘Sustainability and outstanding land management underpins everything they do – from how they source their heating, to what ... Read more...
It’s been a trouble-free launch for the new Eco Church survey that we unveiled recently. Our Church Relations Manager Helen Stephens – who monitors usage of the website – noted that churches are using the upgraded survey and award applications are being made on the back of it already.
LISTENING TO CHURCHES
‘We want to celebrate what churches can do,’ said Helen, ‘and we think the new survey goes much further to help them do just that.’ While the categories remain the same, the new survey takes account of such challenges as:
– churches which have listed building status, which limits them on what they can modify;
– different demographics, including churches which don’t have any children or young people in the congregation;
– a variety of church styles across different denominations.
The new survey went online at the start of this ... Read more...
Plastic is the new enemy! After years of happily drinking from single-use plastic bottles and accepting that our food comes wrapped in multiple layers of plastic, we’re waking up to the impact this throwaway culture is having on nature.
Blue Planet II changed all that. Filmed in heart-wrenching detail, viewers saw for themselves the plight of birds, fish and other sea creatures tangled in bits of plastic, often still recognisable as the packaging we discard from our busy lives. And that’s just the stuff we can see.
As plastic drifts on ocean currents it breaks down, slowly, into tiny plastic fragments – secondary microplastics. These particles are small enough to be ingested, by fish and other creatures, entering the food chain. That’s our food chain.
Even the pristine wilderness of the Arctic is threatened. A couple of weeks ago, the BBC reported research ... Read more...
Les Courmettes, A Rocha France’s centre in the Alpes Maritimes, is set in a stunning location overlooking the Bay of Cannes. From 10th-16th June you could be there, in the company of other A Rocha UK supporters, exploring conservation and faith amid the beauty of summer and nature at this biodiversity-rich reserve.
Woodland, wetland and grassland habitats, working farms, marked trails, sites of geological and archaeological interest are all presided over by the soaring 1,248m Pic de Courmettes.
You’ll be able to find out about the nature, history and working life of the estate on guided walks. There’ll also be free time for visits to scenic villages like Tourrettes-sur-Loup or Gourdon, the perfume factories of Grasse or to dip ... Read more...
Help build wildlife corridors by one of Britain’s most unusual nature reserves – by taking part in a Hedge Planting Event at our own Foxearth Meadows. The aim will be to plant 500 metres – with nearly 3,000 plants!
By the Essex-Suffolk border, Foxearth Meadows is a recognised haven for dragonflies and damselflies – as featured on BBC’s Countryfile. But the surrounding area has lost many of its hedgerows over the years. So we’re going to reinstate them – with your help.
Hedges were removed from surrounding arable farmland to make larger fields – and many remaining have failed or developed gaps. Now with your assistance, we’ll plant hedges along field and road boundaries leading from Foxearth Meadows. The Hedge Planting Event takes place on 3rd March.
Maps as early as 1896 indicate that hedges were being removed in the ... Read more...