• Fighting for the ocean forests
    May 27, 2016

    Ocean forests of kelp could be felled by hungry limpets. S­o A Rocha UK and A Rocha International intern Hannah Hereward is monitoring these marauding molluscs.

    Twenty-three-year-old marine researcher Hannah is pursuing her vital study at Lee Abbey – the popular Devon-based Christian retreat centre that’s part of A Rocha UK’s Partners In Action network.


    She spends part of her time in Lee Bay on the centre’s estate, looking at the impact of blue-rayed limpets on kelp. This large seaweed is an essential component in the ocean’s eco-system.

    ‘Kelp in general is really important to study,’ said Hannah, ‘because it supports a whole range of other species. If the kelp forest reduces, many other species are likely to suffer – such as fish and crabs.’

    According to Hannah, while much study has been carried out on urchin grazing on kelp, little research has been ... Read more...

  • Help us grow greener churches!
    April 29, 2016

    WF-Andy Atkins & Lord Tony Young with local volunteersHelp Eco Church grow. That’s the message from A Rocha UK chief Andy Atkins (pictured far left at urban reserve Wolf Fields). Andy has just launched an appeal fund for the award scheme in the latest edition of A Rocha UK’s Root & Branch magazine.

    However, supporters don’t have to wait for their copy – they can donate online now (at – quote EC201605 in the comments box so your donation can boost our work with churches).

    Alternatively, supporters can give by post (FREEPOST RSSB-SCBG-CSKR, A Rocha UK, 18 Avenue Road, Southall UB1 3BL – use the code ‘EC201605’ on the reverse of any cheque or charity voucher sent).


  • Uprising on Dorset Downs
    April 29, 2016

    hilfield brothersSleepy Dorset will wake to the sound of spiritual revolution when green activists descend on A Rocha UK partner Hilfield Friary for a weekend retreat this month.

    From 20th-22nd May, they’ll learn how to transform people and planet from A Rocha UK Conservation Director Andy Lester, former Kew Gardens chief Sir Ghillian Prance and Brother Sam of the Society of St Francis. The three men will address the theme ‘Re-visioning the world – a radical look at what is shaping life today, and an opportunity to change the way we see the planet’.


    The event is part of the programme, ‘Care for our Common Home’. That was the subtitle of Pope Francis’ encyclical letter which offered a vision for creation care, justice and a spirituality of gratitude and humility.

    ‘The retreat will be a chance to kick off ... Read more...

  • Get flushed with a free hippo
    April 29, 2016

    flushed with hippoChurches who care for creation could be flushed with success at this month’s Christian Resources Exhibition (CRE). A free Toilet Hippo will be given to the first 25 who register each day with A Rocha UK’s Eco Church scheme.


    Eco Church is a free online survey with supporting resources designed to equip churches to care for God’s world in their worship and teaching; buildings and land management; community and global action, and in church members’ personal lifestyles. The Toilet Hippo is a simple, proven and low-cost water-saving device to help conserve water in toilet cisterns.

    A Rocha UK has been working with the ‘ideal church show’ – as CRE is affectionately called – to create the event’s first ever Eco Street zone. Leading organisations from Christian Aid and Tearfund to Ecotricity will share environmental products and ... Read more...

  • Suffolk church snatches the silver
    April 29, 2016

    suffolk churchAn award-winning Suffolk congregation has added Eco Church to its growing list of accolades. Emmanuel Church, Bungay, has snatched the first ever Silver Award in A Rocha UK’s scheme.

    The honour has been bestowed following more than £140,000 worth of work on the church’s community buildings. It comes as the national Eco Church scheme celebrates more than 200 registrations.


    Among Emmanuel’s other accolades are the Suffolk Greenest County Award and East of England Energy Efficiency & Retrofit Awards. Emmanuel is a local ecumenical partnership between the Methodists and United Reformed Church. Its environmental action began after a local climate change conference in 2007.

    Back then, the church helped form a community movement called Sustainable Bungay, which became a member of the Global Transition Network. Emmanuel followed that by starting its own ‘Going Green’ project to carry out major ... Read more...

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