• Sussex Celebrates Summer
    August 18, 2014

    Big Picnic Event Egg and Spoon RaceThere must be something more than just bacon butties on the menu to bring hundreds of people to a Sussex field for a picnic. A Rocha UK’s partner Steyning Downland Scheme makes sure of that.

    Their Big Picnic this year features games, walks, bushcraft activities, tractor rides – and much more. A Rocha UK will be contributing a ‘Wildlife Quiz Trail‘ and an interactive child-friendly presentation.

    The annual event will take place at the Old Rifle Range, Mouse Lane, Steyning on 7th September from 12:30-3:30pm. Admission is free, but participants are encouraged to bring their own picnic and rug.

    The Steyning Downland Scheme was set up by The Wiston Estate, in partnership with A Rocha UK. A total of 160 acres of chalk downland is devoted to the benefit of wildlife and the local community.

    It is an area comprising ...

  • Speaking Up For The Silent Earth
    August 1, 2014

    speaking up for silent earthShaping stories to safeguard God’s earth. That was the aim of a recent training day held by A Rocha UK.

    About 40 people represented various regions across England – from Devon and Derbyshire, to London and Lancashire. They converged on All Hallows-on-the-Wall, a Church of England centre in the City of London.

    Many of them were part of A Rocha UK’s network of speakers available to speak on a variety of environmental and theological subjects, in a range of settings. Others were assessors for A Rocha UK’s Eco-Congregation scheme, which is designed to motivate and resource Christian communities to incorporate environmental stewardship into their spiritual values and practical action.

    They all benefited from the talks and activities. The content was designed to equip and inform them in their voluntary work promoting the work of A Rocha UK across these islands.

    The ...

  • Prayer Makes The News
    August 1, 2014

    prayer makes the newsStorm Petrels in Portugal, a new nature reserve in Suffolk, an award-winning church in Manchester and a creation care scheme in Nigeria are all featured in a brand new prayer service for A Rocha UK supporters.

    A quarterly Prayer E-News has been launched to offer specific guidance for prayer from A Rocha UK and the wider A Rocha family across the globe. Each edition will carry five brief updates backed up with prayer points.

    ‘It will be very simple, with a mixture of items relating to the work of A Rocha, and items relating to broader environmental issues,’ said Churches And Theology Director Dr Ruth Valerio.

    ‘We want it to act as a catalyst to draw people together to pray – both for the problems this world is facing, and for the people working to make a difference.’

    So the first edition ...

  • Community Leaders Back Wolf Fields
    August 1, 2014

    community leaders back wolf fieldsA peer, a principal and a priest have joined growing numbers of West Londoners backing A Rocha UK’s bid to turn a former Southall drug den into public gardens.

    Labour’s Shadow Business, Innovation and Skills Spokesperson Lord Tony Young, who chairs Norwood Green Residents’ Association, Wolf Fields Primary School head Sharanjit Gata-Aura and St Mary’s Church Rector Rev Jeff Payne endorsed the charity’s plans to transform the three-acre wasteland known as Wolf Fields into community space.

    They cut the ribbon on 13th July for the scheme’s open day (pictured). One of the special guests described the event as ‘a unifying message to all our local communities’.

    Together they supported A Rocha UK Conservation Director Andy Lester and Environmental Education Officer David Melville as a team led an action-packed programme.


  • TV Shows Promote Preservation
    August 1, 2014

    tv shows promote preservationWildlife programmes create conservationists. That’s the message from birdwatching guru Dominic Couzens in the latest edition of A Rocha UK’s magazine Root & Branch.

    Dominic (pictured) was responding to a question about the value of TV nature programmes, in an interview with editor Jean Morgan.

    ‘Where would the conservation movement be without TV documentaries,’ Dominic replied. ‘They’re of a consistently high standard and almost everybody loves them. At whatever level they’re pitched, they are valuable.’

    The biggest danger is when the programmes become ‘too gloomy’, he added. ‘I genuinely believe that, when people are moved to wonder, excitement and interest, they’ll automatically become conservationists.’

    A leading ornithologist and prolific writer of bird books, he addressed such topics as faith, ecotourism and climate change. ‘I honestly believe God has guided my career at every stage,’ he said, ‘and I owe every “break” I’ve ... Read more...

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