• Sound ideas are shared for Advent
    November 2, 2015

    sound ideasChristians across Britain can plug into podcasts from a specially themed Advent calendar that mixes Christmas with conservation.

    A Rocha UK’s online service Hope For The World offers seasonal reflections by leaders in conservation, development and theology. They share ‘thought for the day’-style messages – and rally people to pray for the planet.


    Audio clips can be heard from such commentators as Christian Aid chief Loretta Minghella OBE and TV presenter Peter Owen-Jones. They apply hope to United Nations climate change talks, which take place in Paris just before the festivities.

    In his own podcast, Holy Trinity Brompton Vicar and Alpha pioneer Nicky Gumbel (pictured) calls the wider church to repent in this whole area. ‘When I looked at this subject, I realised there are things we’ve been doing that we shouldn’t have been doing in terms of the environment,’ ... Read more...

  • Your donations doubled – for free!
    November 2, 2015

    wolf fields rejoice 2Your donations to A Rocha UK have been doubled – at no extra cost to you.

    Supporters who took part in The Childhood Trust Christmas Give at The Big Give – the country’s biggest online match funding campaign – have raised nearly £16,000.

    Such generous giving will enable even more children to benefit from A Rocha UK’s education programme at its West London nature reserve Wolf Fields.

    ‘You did it!’ said chair of trustees Steve Hughes. ‘From all of us at A Rocha UK – thank you! This will boost our primary school events – encouraging more children to discover wildflowers, explore ponds and other habitats.’


  • Winners back Wolf Fields
    November 2, 2015

    wolf fields harvest 4It’s more than ‘harvest’ for A Rocha UK’s urban nature reserve Wolf Fields. It’s ‘boom time’ – as the project wins support from not just the community, but also a peer of the realm, schools, scouts and an award-winning garden centre.

    Surrey-based Crocus Nursery – who’ve scooped more than 20 gold medals at the Chelsea Flower Show over the years – are supplying materials for the sensory garden at the three-acre site in West London.

    Scouts in nearby Uxbridge are raising funds for the project. Labour peer Lord Tony Young of Norwood Green attended a recent harvest celebration to boost the work. And local schools are supporting the scheme, too.


  • Top campaigner to lead A Rocha UK
    October 19, 2015

    anyd atkins square 3Prominent eco-campaigner Andy Atkins has been selected to lead A Rocha UK. His appointment has drawn messages of support from leading figures in church and voluntary sectors.

    Andy (pictured) has been described as ‘one of the leading environmentalists’ by former Bishop of Liverpool Rt Rev James Jones, who chaired the independent panel on the Hillsborough disaster. ‘He’ll lead not only A Rocha UK – but also the whole Church – to a new level of action towards the earthing of heaven,’ said the bishop.

    Aged 55, Andy Atkins most recently led environmental charity Friends of The Earth for seven years, championing nature restoration and bold action on climate change. He previously worked with Catholic international development charities CAFOD and Progressio, before crossing denominational boundaries to set up Tearfund’s policy and campaigns work. He was a founder of the 2005 Make ... Read more...

  • Ranger boosts research at Foxearth
    October 7, 2015

    pond life with markPioneering conservation work has stepped up a gear at Foxearth – A Rocha UK’s nature reserve on the Suffolk-Essex border – with the recent appointment of its first ranger.

    Staffordshire ecologist Mark Prina (pictured) has just started his new role at the 11-acre site, which is proving to be a haven for dragonflies. He will be at the reserve two days a week and working on administrative duties at home for half a day. His official title is Project Manager.


    A passionate ecologist, Mark is also a licensed amphibian surveyor and a science teacher. ‘My love for nature is the abiding focus for my life,’ he said. ‘Every day is a field trip – wherever I am!’

    Mark takes on the running of a strategic site. Twenty species of dragonfly and damselfly have now been recorded at Foxearth. ‘Willow ... Read more...

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