Christians believe God has made and will save the whole world through Jesus Christ.
The whole of creation is worshiping and glorifying God all around us, all the time.
We know that as people we are all wholly dependent on the earth for our basic needs as well as enjoying many other good things.
Caring for creation is an essential part of Christian ministry and mission.
Find out more about how we can all be part of Christ’s restoration work for creation.

Training Events

Churchyard Management: Cutting Edge ConservationMeadow at St John's church

A week of training in biodiversity for your churchyard at award winning location, St John’s Sharrow. Flyer here


Caring For God's Acre

Monday, June 11, 2018 10am – 4pm St John’s

How do you transform a churchyard into a haven for wildlife? Caring for God’s Acre is the national charity with the know-how. Join us for a day of workshops and talks.

More information and to book here


Managing for Biodiversity with NYCC’s Ecologist and Simon Warwick of LUCT

Tuesday June 11, 2018 10am – 4pm

Want to know which species you should be looking out for and how to support them? Come along and find out. More here


Bat Walk and Talk

Tuesday June 12 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Get to know some of our fascinating nocturnal species with a talk from John Drewett, Chair of North Yorkshire Bat Group. We will then take to the churchyard to see if we can use our new-found knowledge to find some bats for ourselves! More here


National Moth Day! Moth Release

June 14  8:30 am - 10:00 am

Join Dr Charles Fletcher as we release the results of the previous night's moth trap and discover the kinds of species we support. More here


Scything Workshop

Thursday June 14 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join Steve Tomlin for a day learning about the humble scythe, the conservation tool making a big comeback across the world. Spaces limited for workshops but free evening talk available for all. More here


An Introduction to Scything

Thursday June 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

As spaces are limited for the daytime workshops, we thought we’d open up an evening introduction to scything and traditional conservation methods in the evening. Free for all to come, refreshments included. More here


Spring Flower Hay Making & Hand Hay Baling

Friday June 15 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Putting it all into practice all we’ve learnt over the week. See the scythes at work and enjoy traditional crafts across the churchyard. More here



How is my church impacting on the environment?

How can you calculate the environmental cost of your parish’s activities? What can you do to mitigate or offset these?

When we make decisions we need to consider all the costs and benefits. How our church impacts on creation and our neighbours through climate change is important. Understanding and measuring your carbon footprint enables you to assess this.

Learn how to use a simple tool to calculate your church’s carbon footprint. Find out which environmental actions will have the most benefit and could save you money. Gain points towards your Eco Church award and be part of the global movement to combat climate change.

Two session courses starting September 2018

Course details here


Powering God’s Northern Powerhouse

Sustainable church heating and lighting conference for churches across the North of England

Saturday 1 December Wakefield Cathedral 10am - 4pm

Flyer here More here


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What is the Green Journey? Click here to find out how you could be saving money and cutting your carbon footprint.


Our Hope for God's Creation

Watch this video to discover what some churches in Yorkshire and the North East are doing to help care for creation.

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Have you got a Parish Environment Policy?

The Diocesan Synod adopted the Diocesan Environment Policy in June 2017. It is the first step in our endeavour in becoming an Eco Diocese. We would encourage every church to make use of the Eco Church programme, registration is simple and there are lots of helpful resources on the Eco Church website. To get you underway, why not adapt your own Parish Environment Policy? You can adapt this model to suit your church.

God's Green Fingers

The Environment e-news of the Diocese of Leeds
with an article for your parish magazine to download, resources, news and events. 

Issue 18 May 2018
Issue 17 March 2018
Issue 16 January 2018
Issue 15 November 2017
Issue 14 September 2017
Issue 13 July 2017
Issue 12 May 2017
Issue 11 April 2017
Issue 10 September 2016
Issue 9 July 2016
Issue 8 May 2016
Issue 7 March 2016
Email Jemima Parker to subscribe.

Contact us                                 

Jemima Parker Jemima Parker
Environment Officer
01423 569121
Office hours: 9am - 4pm,
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
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