Environment

Our newly formed environment group are encouraging parishes to think about their open spaces and how to encourage wildlife into our church yards. We held a recent event at Chester Zoo to encourage parishes to sign up to be Eco Churches with our plan to eventually become an Eco Diocese.

We created some prayer material to be used around the zoo. If you are thinking of visiting the zoo why not print off a copy and pray around the enclosures.

Gathered together for worship at Chester Zoo: 

 

A Rocha Eco Church

Social Responsibility are encouraging churches to sign up to become Eco-Churches. Eco-Church is an ward scheme through the charity A Rocha. It is designed to equip your church to express your care for God’s world in your worship and teaching; in how you look after your buildings and land; in how you engage with your local community and in global campaigns, and in the personal lifestyles of your congregation.

Their vision is for churches of all denominations to care for creation as an integral part of loving their neighbours and following God faithfully. You can take the survey here: https://ecochurch.arocha.org.uk/

Record

Record is a Biological Records Centre serving Cheshire, Halton, Warrington and Wirral - 'The Cheshire Region'. The centre provides a local facility for the storage, validation and usage of Cheshire based biological data under the National Biodiversity Network (NBN) project.

RECORD brings biological recording, the needs of the community, and a range of organisations together as a 'one-stop' information resource for organisations and individuals alike. http://www.record-lrc.co.uk/

Caring for God’s Acre

Caring for God’s Acre work nationally to support groups and individuals to investigate, care for, and enjoy burial grounds.

Their vision is to keep burial grounds beautiful, accessible and connected to communities. https://www.caringforgodsacre.org.uk/

Wildlife champions

Wildlife Connections is a project led by Chester Zoo to create safe spaces for our most precious local wildlife.

By creating connections from one wildlife-friendly space to the next we can create wildlife highways through our neighbourhoods and protect the precious wildlife that we love.

There are plenty of ways you can get involved too – from making small changes to your garden or local green space, recording the wildlife you see, to becoming a Wildlife Champion! https://www.chesterzoo.org/what-you-can-do/campaigns/fundraising/wildlife-connections/