A green evolution is taking place at a historic church in the lovely Cotswold village of Marshfield
By Peter Woodward, Eco Church Co-ordinator, St Mary’s Marshfield
We wanted to respond to growing concern about the big sustainability challenges. We decided to follow the Eco Church programme as a practical way we can witness Christian values to the world, demonstrating how as Christians we can be actively engaged in preserving the planet and caring for its inhabitants.
We’ve achieved Bronze Award level and are now aiming for Silver. Here are some things we’ve done since 2019 in response to the climate and biodiversity crisis:
- Drawn up a churchyard management plan for people and nature
- Changed the churchyard mowing regime to encourage wildflowers, pollenating insects and birds
- Installed three beehives, producing Marshfield Honey
- Set up an active eight-bin composting system as part of a zero waste commitment
- Stopped using pesticides in the churchyard and only using eco-friendly cleaning products in the church
- Created a cutting patch providing flowers for arrangements in the church to encourage sustainable floristry practise
- Installed a swift hotel for these migratory birds to nest in our church tower
- We have calculated our carbon footprint and are working to reduce it.
- Following the earlier installation of solar panels on the church roof we have now converted all church lighting to LED bulbs.