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Living for Others 
  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:5 

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Introducing
Eco Church

Eco Church is a scheme run by A Rocha UK equipping churches to care for God's creation through their worship, buildings, land, community engagement and individual lifestyles.

If you'd like to be involved in our active and thriving Eco Church, please get in touch!

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Building a Thriving Future: 
A Look at Local Nature Recovery Strategies

Nature is our lifeline. From the food and water which sustains us, to the jobs it creates and the clean air and water it filters and so much more – regrettably we often take these benefits for granted. BUT, England's wildlife is in crisis with half having vanished since the 1970s, making us one of the most nature-depleted countries globally.

The proposal is to create Local Nature Recovery Strategies (LNRS), a pivotal part of the Environment Act 2021, complementing new planning laws (Biodiversity Net Gain). It aims to drive coordinated action and investment in nature. It’s now a statutory/legal requirement to help NATURE RECOVER!

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What are Local Nature Recovery Strategies? 
It's a plan to revive nature, reversing decline and creating a thriving England for wildlife and people. This blueprint will expand, support wildlife havens across cities, towns, and rural areas, connecting them with green corridors from city parks to coastal havens.


How will Local Nature Recovery Strategies work?  
Sussex's LNRS will be built in 6 steps;

  1. Building a Baseline: The government creates an outline map of existing habitats and protected areas.
  2. Local Knowledge Integration: Locally identified wildlife sites are incorporated to enrich the map.
  3. Understanding the Landscape: Document the area's key habitats and potential for improvement.
  4. Setting Priorities: Desired outcomes for nature recovery are defined and prioritised.
  5. Taking Action: Measures to create or improve habitats based on priorities are identified.
  6. Highlighting Opportunities: Key areas for future nature recovery efforts are mapped.
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When will this happen? 
In June 2023, the Government initiated this project. West and East Sussex County Councils started work in July 2023 and over the next 18 months they'll create two Local Nature Recovery Strategies for our community.

Make your voice heard!  Why not share your thoughts through the resident’s survey (closes June 30th). Link - https://www.sussexnaturerecovery.org.uk/

To discover more about this initiative and our collaborative efforts to restore nature in Sussex. Link - https://sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/natures-recovery


Topical Articles:
Browse the latest articles from our Eco Editors below.

Hedges - Supporting Our Green Corridors To Flourish

Whilst National Hedgerow Week in May has passed, our responsibility to protect these vital connecting green corridors needs to continue!

Spanning a staggering 95,000 miles in the UK, hedgerows are more than just boundaries. They offer vital shelter and corridors for wildlife, capture carbon, and beautify our landscapes. Sadly, hedgerow loss has been a concern, disrupting our ecosystems. However, a revival is underway! Farmers are rediscovering their benefits for soil health, flood control, and even pest management. Locally, Arun District Council has in the last few years actively improved hedgerows, planting and restoring over 1.5 kilometres.

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You can help too!

Existing hedges – why not plant native flowering species beneath your hedge. This creates a layered habitat, providing food and shelter for pollinators and small creatures throughout the year.  Or perhaps let a section of your hedge grow wilder, offering nesting spots and additional foliage for insects.

Create a new hedge - Don't be restricted by size, even small hedges with fragrant shrubs like lavender or rosemary create wildlife havens. These fragrant plants can offer shelter and nesting for pollinators like struggling bees and butterflies.

So, the next time you consider adding structure to your garden, consider a hedge! It is a minor change with a big impact for our shared environment.

Want to know more or help support the campaign, please see links below.

https://hedgelink.org.uk/campaign/national-hedgerow-week/

https://www.rspb.org.uk/whats-happening/news/celebrate-national-hedgerow-week

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