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  • Salisbury Secures Silver
    March 29, 2018

    Engagement Director Rich Bee presents the award to the bishop and cathedral staff

    The Eco Church movement continues to grow! Earlier this year, we passed 800 registered churches, which is incredibly exciting. More exciting still is the difference the awards are making in the worshipping lives of churches great and small. Last month, Engagement Director Rich Bee negotiated the snow to present Salisbury Cathedral with their silver award.

    At a time when Salisbury has been in the news for the wrong reasons, it was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the cathedral in embedding care for God’s earth into their everyday life and witness. The event marked a milestone, too, for Bishop Nicholas Holtham—the Church of England’s lead bishop on the environment—who presided at the service where the award was presented.

    That an ancient building such as Salisbury cathedral can achieve a ... Read more...


  • Comment: Nature in the Spring Statement
    March 29, 2018

    Chancellor Philip Hammon delivers the Spring Statement

    This month, the chancellor made his spring statement, giving us both a view of the current economic conditions and a set of new measures to tackle the issues our country faces. Many of these issues affect nature and our natural environment.

    ADDRESSING CHALLENGES

    On the positive side, the movement away from single-use plastic continues, with a call for evidence on how the tax system can be used to discourage their use. The chancellor insists that the possible tax changes are intended not as a way of raising revenue, but of changing behavior. He also announced new funding to stimulate “new thinking and rapid solutions” to tackle plastic waste. This is all welcome, but we should not lose sight of the need to radically reduce our use of plastic in the immediate future while we pursue longer term ... Read more...


  • Love nature with your lifestyle
    March 1, 2018

    Living in the UK in 2018, it’s hard to look after the environment! Our lifestyles are built around convenience, there’s a technological solution to most problems and we don’t have to think about waste because other people will do that for us.

    Right?

    We don’t think so! Our new offering for christians (and their families) will show you how you can tweak your lifestyle to better care for nature and the environment as an expression of faith.

    Every month, we’ll send you ways you can see what nature is doing around you, alongside practical tips for taking care of wildlife.

    It doesn’t matter if we live in a mansion or a maisonette, a house or a high-rise, there’s always something simple – and usually low-cost – that we can do to look after the world we’ve been given.

    The programme is launching after Easter, so look ... Read more...


  • Braille boards boost Wolf Fields ‘wonderland’
    February 27, 2018

    Our own urban nature reserve Wolf Fields has been highly praised by community leaders for its recently added audio description, braille signs and information sheets.

    MIRACULOUS GARDEN

    Members of the Ealing Association for the Blind described their visit to the three-acre site in West London as passing ‘from one enchantment to the next’ and thanked A Rocha UK for ‘an utterly joyous visit to this miraculous garden’.

    ‘Our group found the accessible information most helpful,’ said EBA Co-ordinator Karen Staartjes. ‘The audio description station was tested and installed by the pond, alongside an information board with braille.

    ‘We were given large print with braille description sheets and raised image plans of the sensory garden. Next to the sensory garden another board was inaugurated, and this one had more detailed braille information.’ Karen told us she felt included – ‘unlike any other green space I have ... Read more...


  • Join the battle for the planet
    February 27, 2018

    We face an uphill battle for the planet. Some key guidance will be offered by our own Conservation Director Andy Lester, who is gearing up for a spring conference called Where Eagles Dare. Join him by booking now!

    The event will be held on 26th May at Dorset-based Eco Church champions Hilfield Friary, who are also part of our Partners In Action network. The conference will show how Christian hope, grounded in Scripture, can underpin ecology and the need for collective practical action on the planet.

    NATURE RICH

    ‘A Rocha UK has been working alongside Hilfield Friary as a Partner in Action for the past eight years,’ Andy explained. ‘They were the first site in the UK to gain an Eco Church gold award.

    ‘Sustainability and outstanding land management underpins everything they do – from how they source their heating, to what ... Read more...



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