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  • Families find kites are rubbish
    May 7, 2014

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    More than 70 parents and children discovered that kite-making is a load of rubbish when they took part in a recent two-day A Rocha UK event.

    They came from Ealing, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Brent and Harrow for the April family event ‘The great outdoors on your doorstep’ at Minet Country Park in West London. The idea was to reconnect with nature, and learn how to love local green space. That included making kites from household rubbish like old plastic bags and waste newspaper.

    ‘Many people were surprised to know all they needed were two 12-inch wooden or bamboo BBQ skewers, a plastic bag, scissors, thread for the flying line and clear tape,’ said A Rocha UK Community Worker Kailean Khongsai. ‘After making their own kites, people ran around the park helping one another to fly their creations, too,’ he said of the community ... Read more...


  • Sense of wonder under threat
    May 7, 2014

    dragonflies spread 3Spiritual as well as physical damage is being done by our disconnection from nature. That’s the main message of the latest edition of A Rocha UK’s magazine ‘Root & Branch’ – which lands on supporters’ doormats soon.

    In his column for the publication, Conservation Director Andy Lester explains how people have told him they miss ‘a sense of awe and wonder’ about the natural world. ‘There’s something deeply spiritual about our connection to nature,’ writes Andy, ‘and we’re losing that connection at a very rapid rate.’

    Editor Jean Morgan warns of ‘the relentless pursuit of “progress”‘. She points out, ‘That loss in the natural world causes the loss of something within ourselves as well.’ In her introduction, she unpacks the journal’s theme – and how it’s reflected in such articles as an interview with celebrated birder, author and journalist Dominic Couzens ... Read more...


  • Schoolchildren design Wolf Fields garden
    March 26, 2014
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    More than 1,000 West London schoolchildren took part in A Rocha UK ‘s recent competition to design a sensory garden for the Wolf Fields Project.

    Entrants came from four primary and infant schools in the area around A Rocha UK’s national office in Southall. They had to create a design on A4 paper using pencil and crayon, to help visitors engage with Wolf Fields using different combinations of senses.

    ‘‘There were some beautiful pieces of artwork,’ said Environmental Education Officer David Melville. ‘One student was a budding landscape designer, and another produced a garden that reflected their school’s colours.’

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  • Churches catalogue creatures
    January 8, 2014
    Churches from across England and Northern Ireland helped us trial a churchyard recording project this past summer.

    From the four churches that entered records, 400 specimens were spotted! For a summary report on their species finds and feedback on the pre-pilot, read here. Thank you again to all that took part!

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  • Christmas is Coming!
    November 21, 2013 Christmas Tree

    As the festive season approaches, do not forget to care for creation. After exchanging gifts and eating lots of yummy food, remember that all the paper, cardboard and plastic wrapping can be recycled! So separate it from your other rubbish. Many local councils collect all these different materials from your front door. However if this is not the case, just put it aside and the next time you make a trip to the supermarket, you can easily find the different coloured recycling containers.
    We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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