‘So far it’s one of the best appeals ever,’ Mairi explained. ‘We’re genuinely humbled by the response – especially against a backdrop of a challenging financial climate.’
The appeal was launched at the end of May, to raise funds for what is set to become A Rocha UK’s first ever nature reserve. Generous donations were received within the first few weeks, along with messages of support such as:
– ‘we do hope this goes well, it sounds very exciting’;
– ‘so excited to hear about Foxearth’;
– ‘Foxearth…fabulous place!’
After reading all the emails and letters from supporters, Mairi expressed her delight at the response so far for funds to buy what she called an ‘amazing’ piece of land. ‘It’s quite clear that people have responded because they absolutely believe in the vision,’ she explained.
‘It will be an incredibly special place,’ Mairi pointed out. ‘We want to thank everyone so much for all the donations that have been received so far. But we need to raise more funds to reach our target.’
An appeal letter went out with the latest edition of A Rocha UK’s magazine ‘Root & Branch’. An article and downloadable prospectus were published on the charity’s website.
Supporters were asked to help raise £55,000 in a bid to create a special space for creation care and contemplation. Out of that sum, £45,000 is needed to purchase the land, and A Rocha UK require an extra £10,000 for associated costs.
Nearly 12 acres of open land have been made available at this special price – thanks to the generosity of a supporter. Featuring two ponds and a river, the site lies in a Biodiversity Action Plan priority area for freshwater marshlands.
Nestled on the borders of north Essex and Suffolk, Foxearth is also inside a target area for Higher Level Stewardship. Plotting it nationally, it’s 70 miles from Central London, 130 miles from Birmingham and 250 miles from Manchester.
‘It will be a little paradise to share with young and old,’ Mairi explained. ‘I’m particularly excited about bringing inner city children to Foxearth. So few have regular contact with the countryside. Here at A Rocha UK we really want to encourage children to get involved with wildlife and nature conservation.
‘Yes, we want them to enjoy it now, but also to grow up with an awareness of the environment and a real respect for the beauty of the earth.’
If you would like to make a donation or want to find out more, you can read all about the appeal at arocha.org.uk/help-us-make-a-dream-come-true.
‘Together, as people who believe passionately in caring for God’s earth, and in inspiring and equipping others to do the same, I know we can make this particular dream come true,’ said Mairi.