Good news...In March we received the Bronze Eco Church Award from A Rocha UK
St Margaret’s is registered as an Eco Church. We are the first in the Deanery to do so and aim to become a Centre of Excellence!
What is ECO Church?It is a Christian enviromental movement encouraging church communities to make changes in their
Community and global engagement
… to reflect God's care for the Earth
How does it work?
An online survey measures our progress in these 6 areas of church life and we gain points towards an award. We started with 217 points out of 990 (which is low), and we are working hard towards a Bronze Award which we now have and we are working towards a silver and then gold
What have we done so far?
Horsmonden Village Footprint Group planted enough trees on Saturday 23 November 2019 to absorb 120kg of CO2 per year
- Changed to 100% green energy supply
- Done a biodiversity survey of the churchyard
- Joined the Fairtrade Foundation
- Held an introductory Frugal Lunch in support of A Rocha
- Started a seasonal Eco Corner to educate, encourage and inform.
- Started monthly Eco themes
- Started a 3yr Eco Management Plan for the churchyard
- Sown selective wildflower seed in the churchyard
- Involved our Youth making bird boxes
our ‘green’ liturgy, preaching, prayer and worship.
April 2020 News
A message from Angie Jenkins, our Eco Church Representative...
"It’s April and we are in the midst of the Corona Virus lockdown. So I thought a photographic visit to St Margaret’s Churchyard on this beautiful spring morning might brighten your spirits if you can’t get out.
For many years now the churchyard has been kept neatly mown at the expense of many species which would naturally flourish. Now, as part of the Eco Church philosophy, the PCC has agreed a new management strategy to encourage biodiversity in our beautiful churchyard. Some areas will be kept neat and tidy and others left and only mown at the end of the season.
These photos are evidence of flowers which at the moment are few but will spread in the coming years supporting a wider ecosystem and food chain. They are all in areas previously mown, but now being left to flourish."