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  • Restoring the inner child
    May 25, 2017

    st madoc pic (1)Intrepid environmentalists recently joined A Rocha UK to boost the work of the St Madoc Centre – which enables young adults to become children again.

    A Rocha UK Conservation Director Andy Lester led the volunteering weekend with the St Madoc team. Located on South Wales’ spectacular Gower peninsula, the centre is part of A Rocha UK’s Partner In Action network.

    PLACE TO ESCAPE

    With the aim of supporting the work at St Madoc, the spring event was a mixture of practical conservation training, site management, worship and prayer.

    ‘We’re grateful for such an incredible team of enthusiastic people from all over the UK,’ said Andy Lester. ‘It was great to see new fences put in, sheds painted, plants potted and birds recorded.

    ‘The warm weather really helped the wildlife. Part of the team recorded more than 300 birds of 60 different species – including ... Read more...


  • Church leaders champion the dragons’ lair
    May 25, 2017

    Rev John Boardman - 1Church leaders joined with politicians, conservationists and families to mark the opening of A Rocha UK’s Foxearth Meadows – Britain’s only nature reserve managed primarily for dragonflies.

    ECO RIBBON

    More than 300 people attended the event on 13th May. It started with more than 150 local residents cutting a 100-metre-long ‘eco-ribbon’ (pictured below) to launch what has been described as a ‘perfect’ place for nature. They all took part in a packed one-day programme.

    ‘What a fantastic way to do a ribbon-cutting ceremony,’ said Braintree parliamentary candidate James Cleverly. ‘Never before have I seen community engage like this in the opening of a site for wildlife.’ Foxearth Meadows Nature Reserve is on the Essex-Suffolk border.

    Other guests included – North Hinckford Team Vicar Rev Margaret King, Sudbury Methodist minister Rev John Boardman (pictured above), Sudbury Deputy Town Mayor Sue Ayres and ... Read more...


  • 300 celebrate ‘perfect’ place
    May 17, 2017

    150 people cut the eco-ribbon at Foxearth Meadows

    More than 300 people – from Essex and beyond – celebrated the opening of A Rocha UK’s Foxearth Meadows on 13th May.

    It started with more than 150 local residents cutting a 100-metre-long ‘eco-ribbon’ to launch this ‘perfect’ place for nature.

    Politicians, conservationists, church leaders and families were united in this packed one-day programme to welcome Britain’s only nature reserve managed primarily for dragonflies.

    Read more...


  • Eco Church gets a royal nod
    May 3, 2017

    vicky gilbert 2 - 1It was a right royal treat for Eco Church when our first Gold Award-winning church was represented before the Queen.

    Environmental Group chair at St Catherine’s Church, Burbage, Vicky Gilbert (pictured) was selected as a recipient of Maundy Money – a tradition dating back to 600AD. She’d been nominated by her Rector, Father Andrew Hall.

    FAIRTRADE STALL

    Each year the Queen visits a different cathedral for the Maundy event. This time it was Leicester – the only cathedral she hadn’t visited for that occasion during her reign. As well as meeting the Queen, Vicky was invited to share her Eco Church experience with Buckingham Palace. ‘St Catherine’s became the first parish church in the country to gain a Gold Award,’ she proudly explained.

    Eco Church Manager Nigel Hopper was delighted with the news. ‘Such attention may be regarded as a once-in-a-lifetime ... Read more...


  • Comment: Push nature up the polls
    May 2, 2017

    We have a general election on 8th June. All citizens get a vote. Billions of other inhabitants – animals and plants – as well as the landscapes they inhabit, do not. This election matters for them, too.

    GENERAL LOSS

    Never has nature been under such threat. A 2016 study State of Nature – of which A Rocha UK was a part – showed a decline in around 50 per cent of animal and plant species in the last 40 years. One in ten of species studied were in danger of being lost from our shores altogether. Now nature is also feeling effects of climate change – disrupting migrating patterns and food availability for some species.

    There are solutions. We see a glimpse of the possible with successful species reintroductions, local restoration of precious landscapes like peat bogs, growth in clean renewable energy. Yet action ... Read more...



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