To be held at the popular North Devon retreat centre Lee Abbey, from 8th-15th August, Jubilee For Creation! will examine the statement, ‘Why the whole of creation needs a Sabbath rest’. A Rocha UK Conservation Director Andy Lester (pictured bottom left) and World Wildlife Fund Chief executive David Nussbaum (pictured top right) will explore the biblical idea of jubilee in the context of the environment.
Morning sessions will look at the need for people and the wider creation to take a break. There will also be a performance of actor Andrew Harrison’s one-man show about the natural world, The Last Cuckoo. A resident member of the York-based Riding Lights Theatre Company for over three years, Andrew has worked extensively for the BBC Radio Drama Company.
Lee Abbey is part of A Rocha UK’s Partners In Action network. Since 2008 Lee Abbey has been working with A Rocha UK to monitor wildlife, improve management in a way that respects creation, reduce the carbon footprint, and engage guests and community members with environmental issues.
The 280-acre site contains woodland, pasture, streams, cliffs and its own beach. Lee Abbey also has a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) – valuable for its ancient oak and wide variety of ferns and lichens that thrive in the clean sea air.
The estate provides habitat for rare birds like spotted and pied flycatchers, redstarts and peregrine falcons which nest along the cliffs. Porpoises are often spotted in the bay. In 2013 the centre commissioned a hydro electricity generating station. To book a place on the A Rocha UK wildlife family week, visit here, or phone 01598 752621. Read the background story to Lee Abbey here.