More than 300 people are expected to converge on A Rocha UK’s urban nature reserve Wolf Fields for a special open-air service on May Day (1st May).
Main speaker will be A Rocha UK’s CEO Andy Atkins. Leading the service, which starts at 10.30am, will be Holy Trinity Church, Southall – a multi-ethnic worshipping community of people of all ages.
They’re part of the Southall Group Ministry of five Anglican parishes working together – St George’s, Emmanuel, St John’s and St Mary’s as well as Holy Trinity – who will all be taking part in the event.
Everyone is welcome at the service, which comes at a time when A Rocha UK celebrates a long list of achievements at Wolf Fields. So far, A Rocha UK’s education team have led events for more than 500 children there.
Since the start of this year there have been nearly 200 visitors to the site (some are pictured at a previous open day). They’ve included a number of dignitaries such as Lord Tony Young and Ealing Mayor Harbhajan Kaur Dheer. And at a separate event, the Prince of Wales showed interest in the project.
Those viewing the reserve have been impressed with the statistics – more than 50 tonnes of rubbish cleared, 120 fruit trees and hedges planted by nearly 100 local people and a handful of volunteers helping out every week.
Ground works are complete for the sensory garden, which is ready for planting. All the equipment has been obtained for the storytelling area, which will be underway this month (April). Beehives are installed and doing well.
‘We’ve seen tremendous progress in the last 12 months,’ said Conservation Director Andy Lester. ‘We’ve had offers of funding and significant offers of help from volunteers. The level of support has increased.
‘We’re in a situation now where we can sit back a bit and inspire others to follow our lead. We’re now getting churches visiting us to seek advice as to what they could replicate. That’s really exciting.’