Eco Church

St Paul’s is proud to be an ‘Eco Church’. We currently have our Bronze accreditation and are working toward achieving Silver status.

 

Braving the hot weather at our Eco Afternoon last weekend, we built a hedgehog house in the Vicarage Garden, had fun creating a really good compost heap for St Paul’s, and learned about the type, history and condition of most of the trees growing in the church garden. 

 

St Paul’s Eco Afternoon

Saturday 9 September from 2 – 4:30pm

 

We’re delighted to announce our 2023 Eco Afternoon, which promises to be a fun and informative day for everyone. We’ll be holding a variety of talks and activities, for both adults and children.

The main events will be:

2pm: In the vicarage garden: Build a Hedgehog House

In the church garden and church:

3pm: Compost Heaps ~ How They Work Best

3:30pm: Talking Trees 4pm: Church Land Management

 

There’ll be a ‘Home Made/Home Grown’ stall selling cakes, jams, local honey, plants, crafts, nesting boxes and any other home made items.

We will also be serving refreshments.

Please join us, and bring family, friends or neighbours to help spread the Eco Message far and wide!

 

Following on from last week’s Eco Church plant survey in the church garden, Spectrum conducted a fascinating survey of wildlife this morning. We looked in the Bug Hotel, our specially preserved wildflower area and some other parts of the garden.
These are the insect species which the children spotted:
Ants – 7
Beetles – 1
Butterflies – 2
Bees / Wasps – 3
Flies – 6
Bugs – 2
Spiders – 1
Slugs – 1
Ladybirds – 2

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As part of our Eco Church initiative, the St Paul’s Sunday Club, Spectrum, have conducted a survey of plants growing in our ‘wilded’ area.

A one metre square analysis produced 11 different plants which the children were able to identify. These were: 
                                                                                                                                        Allium, Ribwort Plantain, Flatweed, Red Clover, Dandelion, Fern Leaf Cactus, Three Leaf Clover, Barclaya, Onion Grass, Cranesbill and Yarrow.

Flatweed

 

At our Earth Day Eco Afternoon on Saturday 22 April, we built a nesting box for the church garden. We have several more nesting box kits available, so if you would like one for your garden, please enquire in church. 

Our picnic table has now been repaired! 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         We also have some Bee Bomb making kits available, so please let us know if you would like to have a go at making these amazing wildflower seedballs. Bee Bomb making can be messy but great fun! Just throw your Bee Bombs onto cleared soil and await the blossom of colour and return of native bee and butterfly species. 

 

In church, Rebecca Kendrick from the Thames Landscape Strategy gave an informative talk on initiatives to rewild the Thames riverbank between Weybridge and Kew, including an explanation about tree maintenance and the need to mitigate future flooding along the Hurst Park Riverside.

 

 

Conservation:

We have reviewed our lawn mowing policy to encourage pollinators and native plants. 

 

 

 

 

 Lent 2023

 

Every week during Lent St Paul’s will be posting ideas for enhancing our Eco Lifestyle.

As an Eco Church, we would welcome any new ideas for enhancing our Eco practices and invite people to contact us with suggestions at stpaulmolesey@gmail.com. We would love to hear from you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to everyone who helped to organise, contributed to or attended the

St Paul’s Eco Church Re-Wilding Forum on Saturday 3rd September 2022.

 

 

The talks, presentations and ensuing discussion about the way forward for St Paul’s Church and the wider locality made for an informative, thought provoking and interesting afternoon.

Activities for children in the church garden included artwork – creating an ‘Eco Warrior’ with natural articles found around the garden – and making Bee Bombs!

 

 

 

Use our interactive map to add a marker if you have spotted or know of a hedgehog in a Molesey location.

 

CLICK ME TO OPEN THE MOLESEY HEDGEHOG MAP

 

 

 

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020 8941 2071
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