• 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.


    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.


  • Foxearth Meadow Official Opening
    May 9, 2017

    Spring is here and with it I am reminded anew of God’s goodness though nature’s richness – as bulbs flower, trees blossom, migrant birds arrive in these shores, our deciduous trees grow a new coat of leaves. I’m sure it’s a season that lifts the spirits of most of us.

    But I can’t help some sadness when I read the latest statistics that show certain species numbers are tumbling; when I realise I haven’t seen a spotted fly catcher or a live hedgehog for years now, or the dancing troupes of butterflies that were common in my youth.

    What picks me up is a determination to do something and the knowledge that things can be done. And this month A Rocha UK reaches an important milestone at our Foxearth Meadows reserve in Essex: our official opening on Saturday 13th May. I’ll be there with members of my family to enjoy it and ... 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.


    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.


    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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