A Rocha UK’s Partner in Action network has reached a significant milestone by welcoming its 50th member last month.
St Crispins Farm, in West Berkshire became an official A Rocha UK Partner in November. The farm is an incredible space for several habitats, including mixed woodland, wetland and grassland and orchard areas. The farm joins a still growing network of diverse partners including cathedrals, adventure centres, retreat centers, community farms, city garden projects, estates, farms, schools, and forest schools.
Over the past three years, our PIA network has grown remarkably from 12 to 50 partners across the UK, spanning projects in Northern Ireland, Isle of Man, Wales, St. Helena, and various regions of England. Each project is committed to our Target 25 initiative and works hard to enhance woodlands, cultivate wildflower meadows, preserve wetlands, and more. Such efforts have aimed to provide habitats for species like red squirrels, house martins, and oak trees. Beyond conservation work, our partners share a dedication to inspiring and equipping a broad audience, including staff, volunteers, and guests, on the importance of caring for nature in these critical times.
Beyond conservation work, our partners share a dedication to inspiring and equipping a broad audience, including staff, volunteers, and guests, on the importance of caring for nature in these critical times. With annual visitors estimated at 300,000, our collective impact continues to grow.
Expressing his enthusiasm, Andy Lester, Head of Conservation, stated, “This incredible milestone is not only a testament to the passion and hard work of the A Rocha UK team but also reflects the growing awareness among Christian landowners and managers about the urgent need to reverse the fortunes of British wildlife.”
We anticipate further partners joining the network and eagerly look forward to welcoming theological colleagues and dioceses into our programme within the next year. Keep watching this space!
Find a Partner near you on our interactive map here.
Image: Christian Conference Trust, High Leigh in Hertfordshire