100th Eco Church Award is snapped up!

25 May 2017, Comments Comments Off on 100th Eco Church Award is snapped up!

Dan Lay of Lee Abbey with 100th Eco Church AwardA popular Christian holiday centre on the North Devon coast has scooped the 100th award from A Rocha UK’s national Eco Church scheme.


The 280-acre Lee Abbey Devon (pictured below) is the 100th winner of the Eco Church Award, run by A Rocha UK. A member of A Rocha UK’s Partners In Action network, Lee Abbey Devon is home to a Christian community hosting retreats, holidays and conferences.

‘We draw more than 8,000 guests through the year,’ said Environmental Co-ordinator Dan Lay (pictured right), ‘and we need to do everything we can to reduce our impact on the environment.’

They scooped the Silver Award by making such changes as:

– topping up loft insulation;
– installing LED lighting;
– fitting a ground source heat pump;
– generating hydro electricity;
– limiting their grass-cutting schedules.

A Rocha UK’s Churches and Resources Manager Nigel Hopper, who leads the Eco Church programme, said, ‘We have a long-standing relationship with Lee Abbey, so we’re delighted their efforts to care for nature as a Partner In Action have now been recognised.


‘That it’s the 100th Eco Church Award makes this an extra special occasion, highlighting the success of the scheme in mobilising Christians to care for God’s earth.’

A Rocha UK CEO Andy Atkins said, ‘We’re delighted that Lee Abbey has earned the 100th Eco Church Award. Christian retreat and activity centres – with their grounds and guests – have a major role to play in re-e100th Eco Church Award winner Lee Abbey Devonngaging people with nature through their own example. Congratulations to Lee Abbey for showing the way!’

The free online award scheme Eco Church is an A Rocha UK project, in partnership with Christian Aid, The Church of England, The Methodist Church and Tearfund.

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