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Eco Church is an A Rocha UK project, run in partnership with Christian Aid, The Church of England, The Methodist Church, Tearfund, The United Reformed Church and Allchurches Trust Limited.


A Rocha UK is a charity committed to mobilising Christians to care for nature. 

Here at St Mary's a small group from the congregation continues to work on the A Rocha eco church project. It completed the initial questionnaire to get an understanding of where we are now in terms of our current eco status, and is continuing to address those areas where more work needs to be done.

We will share news of our progress and hope that our work will encourage others to work with us both within the church family and across our local and wider community. 

Click the logo for more information about A Rocha UK 

At St Mary's this month .....

Our focus during the Spring and early Summer months of 2024 has been on improving our eco-lifestyle through recycling, repurposing, and mending items rather than throwing them away. ‘Plastic Free July’  is being highlighted in church and some small recycling boxes are being made available for all who visit church.  

We have once again committed to the 'no mow May' initiative in the churchyard and it has been further  extended to include 'let it bloom in June' to allow the wild flowers to set seed before cutting at the beginning of July. At the start of May, we once again cut a pathway through the churchyard and signposted the nature trail around the wildflower meadow that our churchyard has become,  to enable visitors to stroll around and enjoy the flowers, bees and and bugs that are inhabiting the area. 

Bug houses and bird boxes installed last year in the churchyard are being used and the bird feeding stations are topped up regularly.


Our churchyard has been closed for many years with grass cutting carried out by the local council.

Part of it is maintained as a 'wild' area allowing grasses and wild plants to grow uncut through the months from March to September. It attracts a wide variety of insects and birds and provides cover for the foxes who have a den by the churchyard wall.

A very impressive 'bug hotel' has been built in the churchyard along with bat boxes and bird boxes which are installed on some of the larger trees. Our local Stone Guides helped with this project and it was dedicated at a special service, attended by our archdeacon on 4th October 2021, St Francis' day.

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St Mary's is delighted to have achieved a Silver Eco church award.


The award and commemorative plaque were presented during our morning Eucharist on 30th October 2022 by the Mayor of Dartford, Cllr Paul Cutler, and can be seen on display in the church porch.

We were delighted to have achieved our Bronze award. A plaque was presented to us by the Bishop on Tuesday 15th February 2022.

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We continue to encourage all to check their carbon footprint and anyone can do this through either of these links:

 WWF Footprint Calculator


Caring for creation 

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.


Did you know ...

You can reduce junk mail by contacting The Mailing Preference Service on 0845 7034 599 or you can visit their website


Reduce throw away packaging by buying one big packet rather than lots of small packets.


There is a website called Upcycle That. They provide innovative ideas on how to upcycle items. 


Street Bank is a website that connects local people and helps them give things away and share things with local people.


Planting for pollinators

Our old churchyard, like so many others, has many graves which have not been tended or visited by any family members for many decades.  

An 'adopt a grave' scheme is being trialled by a few members of the congregation who have each selected a very old and neglected grave and cleared out old grass and weed roots. Planting of the chosen sites with wildlife friendly plants and spring bulbs has been taking taking place throughout the year and the scheme is already encouraging others to take part. 

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