• Easter eggs under threat
    April 1, 2015

    easter eggs under threatEaster eggs are under threat. We need to protect them now – along with the people who make them. That’s the season’s message from A Rocha UK and its friends in the Climate Coalition.

    In a timely blog that features an entertaining video (pictured), they have issued the warning that climate change is reducing the areas suitable for growing cocoa – the basis for chocolate.

    But chocolate lovers can protect their treat by joining the Climate Coalition and demanding that world leaders respond to the challenge. Concerned consumers are being called to a day of action on 17th June – when A Rocha UK will also help run two ecumenical services as part of the programme.

    People across the planet eat a staggering seven million tonnes of chocolate every year. But the pressure is on the land – and the ... Read more...

  • Zero carbon hub hosts Canterbury talks
    March 4, 2015

    march enews canterbury 4England’s oldest diocese used one of Europe’s newest venues to explore the ‘greening’ of Canterbury churches with A Rocha UK and Tearfund.

    Nearly 40 people from the Diocese of Canterbury met at Pines Calyx, Dover, Europe’s first ‘carbon negative’ and ‘energy positive’ conference facility. Made from reclaimed materials and generating its own heat, the venue launched a new quest for local Anglicans. Even a temporary power cut failed to disappoint delegates, who responded in good humour.

    A Rocha UK’s Churches And Theology Director Dr Ruth Valerio helped them to start putting together an environmental policy for the whole diocese, which stretches from Maidstone to Thanet, the Isle of Sheppey to the Romney Marsh. It includes 334 churches in 247 parishes, along with 103 church schools and a university with a Church of England foundation.

    The Environment Forum focused on all aspects ...

  • New holiday offers ‘seal’ of approval
    March 4, 2015

    sealSwimming with seals is just one of the unusual activities being offered on a unique new holiday pioneered by A Rocha UK this spring. Spotting dolphins, porpoises – and maybe even whales – could also be enjoyed at this highly anticipated event on Lundy Island.

    ‘We shall venture into the waters of the Bristol Channel,’ said event administrator Jo Clayphan, ‘and we’ll also explore the surrounding sights by a private jetty tour. But people need to book soon, as places are limited.’

    Linking Christian faith with conservation and enjoyment of creation is the main aim of the week-long adventure. A Rocha UK are spearheading this special event in May with the St Helen’s Centre.

    A Rocha UK is a partner with the St Helen’s Centre project, which will eventually see the island’s Anglican church renovated to integrate ecological education, research and worship. The ... Read more...

  • Adventure charity joins A Rocha UK
    March 4, 2015

    march enews adventure plusOutdoor pursuits charity Adventure Plus have joined A Rocha UK’s growing network of Partners In Action.

    A Rocha UK are helping to put conservation on the programme for the Oxfordshire-based agency. Adventure Plus is described by their patron and survival guru Bear Grylls as ‘one of the most exciting charities around for inspiring young people to get out there, grab life and live boldly’.

    Since 1990, they have operated as a ‘mobile provider’ of outdoor activities with more than 50,000 young people and adults – including some of the most vulnerable in society. But the interdenominational charity recently found a home at Windmill Farm – and called on A Rocha UK to help them develop the 50-acre site.

    Their new headquarters also includes a conference centre and residential cottages. ‘It’s essentially a blank canvas of agricultural land, but with a small ... Read more...

  • Foxearth: the dream comes true
    March 4, 2015

    march enews foxearth 1A dream has come true for A Rocha UK. The charity now has its own nature reserve – thanks to the overwhelming generosity of its supporters.

    A benefactor had offered the 12-acre site Foxearth (pictured) to A Rocha UK at a special rate of £45,000. Such an altruistic gesture seemed to open the floodgates, as many responded to an online prospectus and magazine appeal in November.

    When donations poured in for the initial appeal, A Rocha UK’s former CEO Mairi Johnstone said it was one of the best campaigns ever. ‘We’re genuinely humbled by the response – especially against a backdrop of a challenging financial climate,’ she said at the time.

    That was closely followed at Christmas by matched funding campaign The Big Give, producing a further £20,000 to pay for a part-time ranger. Now the purchase has been made of ... Read more...

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