It’s more than ‘harvest’ for A Rocha UK’s urban nature reserve Wolf Fields. It’s ‘boom time’ – as the project wins support from not just the community, but also a peer of the realm, schools, scouts and an award-winning garden centre.
Surrey-based Crocus Nursery – who’ve scooped more than 20 gold medals at the Chelsea Flower Show over the years – are supplying materials for the sensory garden at the three-acre site in West London.
Scouts in nearby Uxbridge are raising funds for the project. Labour peer Lord Tony Young of Norwood Green attended a recent harvest celebration to boost the work. And local schools are supporting the scheme, too.Read more...
Andy (pictured) has been described as ‘one of the leading environmentalists’ by former Bishop of Liverpool Rt Rev James Jones, who chaired the independent panel on the Hillsborough disaster. ‘He’ll lead not only A Rocha UK – but also the whole Church – to a new level of action towards the earthing of heaven,’ said the bishop.
Aged 55, Andy Atkins most recently led environmental charity Friends of The Earth for seven years, championing nature restoration and bold action on climate change. He previously worked with Catholic international development charities CAFOD and Progressio, before crossing denominational boundaries to set up Tearfund’s policy and campaigns work. He was a founder of the 2005 Make ... Read more...
Staffordshire ecologist Mark Prina (pictured) has just started his new role at the 11-acre site, which is proving to be a haven for dragonflies. He will be at the reserve two days a week and working on administrative duties at home for half a day. His official title is Project Manager.
LOVE FOR NATURE
A passionate ecologist, Mark is also a licensed amphibian surveyor and a science teacher. ‘My love for nature is the abiding focus for my life,’ he said. ‘Every day is a field trip – wherever I am!’
Mark takes on the running of a strategic site. Twenty species of dragonfly and damselfly have now been recorded at Foxearth. ‘Willow ... Read more...
Drought has played a part in launching the vast tide of refugees now spreading across Europe. The way climate change led to unrest in Syria – and the eventual exodus of many of that nation’s citizens – came under the spotlight at the Reconciling A Wounded Planet conference.
A Rocha UK’s Churches And Theology Director Dr Ruth Valerio and Conservation Director Andy Lester were key contributors at the recent event, which took place at Coventry Cathedral. Andy (pictured, left) was convener and speaker, Ruth was a speaker and panelist – and both had been involved in the thinking and planning behind the conference.
More than 150 delegates turned up for the two-day event. Among them were church leaders, ecologists, political campaigners, educators and technology experts. They met just as the refugee crisis hit the news headlines.
Their historic venue – bombed ... Read more...
Through the popular online service Parish Pump, church magazine editors will be able to download written extracts from A Rocha UK’s festive audio clips.
Each month Parish Pump offer editorial resources to thousands of churches across these islands. Part of their content in the run-up to Christmas will be the edited transcripts from A Rocha UK’s calendar.
The extracts will point to A Rocha UK’s dedicated Advent website Hope for the World, where leading lights from the realms of conservation, development and theology share ‘thought for the day’-style seasonal reflections – and rally people to pray for the planet.
Online audio clips can be heard from such commentators as former Conservative Party Chairman MP Caroline ... Read more...