In October of last year, it was decided that St. Mary Magdalene Hart would take up the challenge to become an A Rocha eco-church.
Having a particular interest in this area myself Luke and I proceeded to work towards a Bronze award. We conducted a survey of our churchyard area and set about trying to improve the bio-diversity of the area. To date we have installed bird boxes, a hedgehog box, a bat box and a feeding station. Some solar lighting has also been installed in the area. Our toilet facilities have been twinned with a village in Malawi Africa. At the end of November, we received the good news that we had been given a Bronze award.
The above are a few highlights, 301 criteria had been addressed over 5 areas which are:
Worship and Teaching Community Land Lifestyle Buildings
After a short break we continued to work towards a Silver Award which we received on 18th. February 2021. To date our Gold award Application is at present being considered. Other areas achieved include adoption of Fait trade and we use environmentally friendly products where possible Recycle all paper in church.
Our team has grown considerably; many have contributed with gifts of equipment, financial help and advice. The Team continues to grow, and more people have become actively interested.
We have some big plans for the future, please come and join us.
Hilary and Luke Co-ordinators.