• ‘Ash to ashes’ alarm over Britain’s trees
    September 5, 2014

    sept enews ash to ashesBritish trees are facing growing threats from an increasing number of pests and diseases, warns A Rocha UK volunteer David Curry, who’s been taking part in key talks on this issue.

    The latest menace is Ash Dieback (Chalara) in non-woodland trees. ‘Remember the Dutch elm disease devastation,’ said David. ‘As there are more ash than there were elm trees, this will be 80 times worse.’

    The Tree Council held a forum this summer on the impact of the disease. More than 70 delegates explored the latest science and began to develop local action plans.

    ‘Ash dieback is a new disease previously unknown in Europe caused by a fungus,’ said David. ‘The disease causes leaf loss and crown dieback in affected trees, and it can lead to tree death. The first cases were confirmed in Great Britain early in 2012, on ... Read more...

  • Call for ‘healing of the ocean’
    September 5, 2014

    sept enews hidden things of GodMarine research is about showing ‘the hidden things of God’ – and its goal is the ‘healing of the ocean’. That was the message from A Rocha UK’s own marine expert Robert Sluka at a recent Christians in Science conference.

    ‘Ultimately, we’re pointing to the Father, being careful to glorify him,’ Robert told more than 30 delegates at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. Reflecting on several Bible passages, Robert focused on marine research at A Rocha Kenya.

    ‘While specifically thinking through marine work, the ideas presented would be applicable for all disciplines,’ he said later. Robert’s paper concluded that the ultimate goal of marine conservation is the ‘healing of the ocean’ so that it praises God as new creation. Lively discussion and questions followed, with many expressing appreciation for A Rocha taking on marine conservation.

    ‘One way of looking ...

  • Putting the green back into Greenbelt
    September 5, 2014

    Greenbelt photo by Jonathon Watkins ( )Greenbelt has got a whole lot greener, thanks to A Rocha UK’s Churches and Theology Director Dr Ruth Valerio.

    Concern had been noted on social media about a perceived lack of environmental awareness at the popular Christian arts festival, which takes place each year over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

    Ruth offered to help refocus the event on green issues. She worked alongside the organisers to make ecology central. ‘We didn’t just want to do one or two seminars on it,’ said Ruth, ‘but send a strong feeling through the festival.’

    She devised various categories including – ‘greening Greenbelt’, which looked at energy use and recycling; ‘creating nature’, which encouraged ecology in the arts; and ‘experiencing nature’, which encouraged people to engage with the natural world around the new festival site at Boughton House. As a result, ... Read more...

  • Book characters go wild in West London
    September 5, 2014

    sept enews book characters go wildMrs Tiggy-Winkle and Shere Khan jumped off the page in West London recently, when local children took part in A Rocha UK’s summer programme of ‘eco-literacy’.

    The children converged on the conservation charity’s Southall centre for the ‘Book Characters Go Wild’ event. Running from 28th July to 1st August, the week-long playscheme ended with a family barbecue.

    Environmental Education Officer David Melville, Communities Officer Kailean Khongsai, Centre Manager Kim Khongsai and Office Manager Maria Masih led the programme. They helped the children explore such stories as Kenneth Grahame’s ‘The Wind In The Willows’, Beatrix Potter’s ‘The Tale Of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle’ and ‘The Jungle Book’ by Rudyard Kipling.

    ‘For each story, we celebrated the species and asked the children why those animals will be so vulnerable in the future,’ said David Melville. ‘Then we offered hope through practical action. All ... Read more...

  • 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 ...

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