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  • School makes a mark on community
    March 24, 2017

    IMG_3647More than 400 West London schoolchildren have made their mark on A Rocha UK’s urban nature reserve Wolf Fields.

    They followed in Banksy’s footsteps – or should we say handprints – by hand painting leaves for autumn, spring and summer trees on a storage container at the three-acre site.

    BRIGHTEN UP

    Pupils and teachers from Wolf Fields Primary School were led by A Rocha UK staff and volunteers in a most orderly fashion to brighten up what otherwise would be a most dull-looking storage unit.

    Wearing protective aprons and gloves, they all contributed to the art display as part of the ongoing development to turn a former drug den and dumping ground into an urban nature reserve and community garden.

    ‘Street art is usually linked to gangs and crime – and at one time that was part of the life of this site,’ said Environmental Education ... Read more...


  • Eco church launches revised survey
    March 24, 2017

    green communion story pic 3 - 1A new version of Eco Church’s online survey is to be launched – and the team is growing to cope with rising demand for A Rocha UK’s award scheme.

    This second edition will include some new questions, revisions to existing responses and associated point scores. There will be a section for additional information about any constraints in a church’s context – or about any activities not covered by the questions.

    RECRUIT VOLUNTEER

    The award scheme is now into its second year, with almost 550 churches registered and nearly 100 awards confirmed. Eco Church is big project run by a small team – so they’re looking to recruit a new volunteer.

     

    The revised scheme comes after churches provided suggestions for making Eco Church even better. Having logged all the feedback, the Eco Church team have been hard at work acting ... Read more...


  • Dragonflies fire the imagination
    March 24, 2017

    Willow Emerald damselfly pair in tandem egg laying 9.9.15A Rocha UK are watching life spring from death, as they get ready for the official opening of their new nature reserve Foxearth Meadows.

    They’ve found that dragonflies are using diseased trees as nurseries on the 11-acre site by the Essex-Suffolk border.

    As a result, A Rocha UK have decided not to chop the fungus-ridden wood, and let their residents flourish.

    They will officially open Foxearth Meadows on 13th May as Britain’s only nature reserve managed primarily for dragonflies.

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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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