Keeping Easter flowers green

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The Wantage Parish share their environmentally-friendly Easter flower display, featuring locally grown greenery.

Top tips for an eco-friendly Easter

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Top tips for an eco-friendly Easter

With Holy Week almost upon us, our Environment Action Programme share their top tips for Easter crafts and decorations that are planet-friendly.


Lower impact Easter tip 1: Use decorated hard boiled, free-range eggs or make papier-mâché eggs for your garden Easter egg hunt rather than plastic ones.

Lower impact Easter tip 2: Make your own Easter cards, use scraps of paper, old envelopes etc. We love these ideas.

Lower impact Easter tip 3: Choose Fairtrade chocolate items and those with plastic-free, recyclable packaging. We love the Real Easter Egg from the Meaningful Chocolate Company. This Fairtrade Foundation video shows the benefits of choosing Fairtrade in just 30 seconds.

Lower impact Easter tip 4: Try baking your own hot cross buns or buy in bulk and freeze them to reduce packaging use.

Lower impact Easter tip 5: Make your own Easter garden – you could gift it to a neighbour as a pretty container garden after Easter.

Lower impact Easter tip 6: Add some onion skin, red cabbage or spinach to your Easter morning boiled egg pan to decorate them naturally!

Lower impact Easter tip 7: Blow real free-range eggs and decorate those for an Easter wreath, nest or basket, use the egg in Easter baking or as corn scramble (try stirring in some frozen sweetcorn before cooking!)


Let us know your best tips and make sure to visit our EcoHub for ideas and resources to help you care for creation throughout the whole year.

The Climate Sunday experience in Reading

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Two Reading churches share their experiences of hosting Climate Sunday services in the run up to November’s COP26.

A Prayer for the Journey

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A prayer for churches, wherever they are on the Parish Pathway.

Lord, as we come before you,
We pray that you will show us how we can do your will
In our care for your world.
Grant us, in your goodness, ears to hear your call,
Hearts and minds ready for change and renewal,
Hands and feet ready for action.
Draw us together as your people in this place
Alongside your people around the world.
Help us to take the time to consider our steps
And sustain us by your grace in the way,
So that we may proclaim the good news in our care for creation
And show your love and justice in the world,
To your glory and for the good of all.

Amen.

Make COP Count at St Edburg’s, Bicester

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Colin Cockshaw tells the environment team about the plans St Edburg’s, Bicester, has for the run up to COP26.

ODBE schools ‘twin’ with schools in South India to help tackle the climate crisis

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The Oxford Diocesan Board of Education (ODBE) launches a new initiative, The School Twinning Programme, in partnership with the United Society for Partners in the Gospel (USPG) and the Church of South India, in response to the climate emergency.

Bucks Bee Club is a Hive of Activity

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A Buckinghamshire church’s weekly bee club has made quite a buzz with the younger members of the All Saints’ Coleshill congregation.

Environment Action Programme Internships

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Four students from the University of Oxford share their experiences from internships with the Diocese’s Environment Action Programme.

Taking Climate Action in the Benefice of Witney

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The rector of the Witney Benefice meets the local MP to discuss their cares and concerns on environmental issues and climate action.

Environmentally-friendly electric car for Bishop Olivia

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The Bishop of Reading, the Rt Revd Olivia Graham, is the latest bishop in the Diocese of Oxford to move to an environmentally-friendly electric car.

Quarrendon’s community garden is blooming marvellous

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A church community garden is providing a multitude of benefits on one of the Diocese’s most deprived estates.