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  • Help us hold on to our home
    February 24, 2017

    Home is where you hang your hat – and all our hats are hung at 18-19 Avenue Road. Will you help us keep it that way?

    That’s the message from A Rocha UK – which has a great base thanks to the generosity of supporters – but needs new supporter loans to stay there.

    COST-EFFECTIVE BASE

    A Rocha UK’s ‘home’ is two knocked-together houses in West London (pictured). It’s perfect for their mission – close to Wolf Fields reserve, with accommodation for interns and centre manager, room to welcome volunteers, small food garden and offices for national staff. It’s a Christian community encouraging collaboration at the heart of multicultural Southall – a solid demonstration of A Rocha UK’s core values.

    Now A Rocha UK needs help to remain there. It was the generosity of supporters’ gifts and loans that enabled A Rocha UK to buy ... Read more...


  • Happy birthday, Eco Church!
    February 24, 2017

    green communion story pic 4 - 1Churches across England and Wales celebrated in a big way the first birthday of A Rocha UK’s unique award scheme Eco Church.

    A total of 1,500 downloads of a specially written Green Liturgy and 700 downloads of an earth-friendly bread recipe helped churches rise to the occasion.

    Celebrations kicked off with a special service at Canterbury Cathedral on 4th February. Led by Bishop of Dover Rt Rev Trevor Willmott and Archdeacon of Maidstone Ven Stephen Taylor, it was attended by Eco Churches from across the diocese. Nationwide, services started the following day on 5th February. A number of churches had taken this as their opportunity to work for an award in time to have it presented at their Green Communion service.

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  • How you showed the love
    February 24, 2017

    show the love pic 1 - 1Communities, churches, schools and individuals ‘showed the love’ for nature – and it was ‘brilliant’ – according to the Climate Coalition.

    The coalition – of which A Rocha UK is a part – are celebrating a successful February campaign. More than six million views of a promotional film were logged. More than 500 community events took place – including Eco Church celebrations – and messages shared across all media.

    GREEN COMMUNION

    From 7th-14th February, participants were able to ‘Show The Love’ for the things that mattered to them – like nature, increasingly affected by climate change – by taking part in this nationwide movement.

    The aim was to make a big deal about the threat of climate change. From organising a church event like Read more...


  • Comment: Work for a borderless world
    February 24, 2017

    I woke to the sound of workmen building another brick wall between two of our neighbours. What impact would it have on our local wildlife? The brutal reality is that building walls has become far too acceptable, says Conservation Director Andy Lester.

    We’re all concerned about our own security. Building barriers between ourselves and the outside world has become the norm.

    IMPACT HIBERNATION

    Take the UK, for example. Our hedgehog population is in free-fall. Scientists have suspected everything from climate change impacting hibernation patterns through to badgers eating them. But what if the primary cause was building walls? Although there’s been little scientific work on the impact of walls on hedgehogs, I believe their decline is almost certainly linked to their no longer being free to roam in search of food.

    Internationally, building walls is also topical. ‘Build the wall!’ has been shouted from the ... Read more...


  • Partner scheme finds rare fungi
    February 24, 2017

    fungi story pic 1 - 1Rare fungi have been found at Steyning Downland Scheme – the 165-acre conservation project that’s part of A Rocha UK’s Partners In Action network.

    The species-rich woodland, chalk grassland and wetland in the South Downs National Park is officially now the only place in West Sussex where you’ll be able to see Timber Mazegill – more formally known as Gloeophyllum trabeum. And it’s the first time this has been found in Sussex.

    FUNGI FANS

    It’s a rare bracket fungus, listed in the UK Red Data Book, a recognised conservation guide. It was found growing on an old poplar log pile in the Big Picnic Field by local mycologist Vivien Hodge.

    It’s so unusual, Vivien had to send a specimen off to experts at Kew Gardens to have it positively ... Read more...



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