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Eco Church News

Keep revisiting this page for the latest Eco Church news and developments


Eco Church smlMon 21 June

A few updates from the Eco- Church Team:

The Wildlife survey was successfully completed - thanks to all who took part.  Check out the results HERE to find out what was found in the church garden.

Our very own Myles Perry  attended  the Bishop of Kingston's Young People's Forum on the environment - here he is in action:


Thanks for representing us Myles!


Elliott NewtonJPGIf you would like to hear RBK's Biodiversity Officer, Elliot Newton, talks us through the most effective method of controlling the invasive species, Himalayan Balsam click 
HERE.  Check out the video above to find out more and for some top pulling tips! 
It is an attractive but problematic plant that dominates our green spaces.  You can help other flora to flourish by pulling out Himalayan Balsam on your daily walk (don’t forget your gloves).   It’s important to time this technique so you don’t inadvertently spread more seeds - the best time to pull the plants is now through to early-July.


Friends of Fishponds is inviting volunteers and members to a 'Thank You' to their brilliant team of volunteers and members, by inviting people to a guided nature walk followed by a picnic, on:
Saturday 10th July. 
If you are really keen, you could even kick off the day with a bit of litter picking! However, do feel free to turn up after that bit's over. 
Here's the plan:
10.00 Litter picking round the park
11.00 Coffee and homemade goodies!
11.15 Nature Walk
12.15 Picnic lunch (please bring your own)
So we have an idea of numbers, please let us know if you would like to come.  Email  fishpondssurb@gmail.com
We are planning our next community action day some time in August, by when the nesting season should be over and we can safely do a much wider range of activities. We'll fix the date nearer the time.


Eco Church smlSat 29 May

Wildlife Survey - Do you know your daffodils from your dahlias? Your violets from your vetch?

If so, we need you for our first 'Count on Nature' wildlife survey.

Join others in the grounds of the Church to identify plants and wildlife on Wed 9 June between 10am and 12pm. No expert knowledge required, just an enthusiasm for nature.

For more info, contact Jen Houghton - but no need to book, just come along on the day.

Also we are now proud owners of some water butts - generously installed (and filled!) this week.

2105 water butt

Eco Church smlThurs 13 May 

As part of Eco church it would be great if as members of the church we get involved in local volunteering opportunities.  We will post the ones we get to hear of here so do check back occasionally to see what is happening locally and how you might help:

Do you fancy having a go at the ancient art of scything? If so, now's your chance! Friends of Fishponds Park are planning to hand scythe the park's hay meadow as part of an action day from 10am-1pm on Saturday 22nd May and volunteers will be taught how. No prior experience is necessary. 

If you don't fancy that, there will be a range of other activities - clearing brambles, improving paths and, of course, litter picking. 

If you would like to join in, please email fishpondssurb@gmail.com ASAP and no later than Wednesday 19th May.

Eco Church smlTues 11 May 

Members of our school community are doing a litter pick this Saturday - why not join them?

210511 school litter pick


The Friends of Berrylands Nature Reserve have launched a visitor survey to find out how people enjoy our local green spaces, and to invite suggestions for ways to improve them. You can complete the survey HERE

The group are also resuming in-person volunteering which anyone can get involved in. Opportunities include clearing litter, planting new trees and improving paths. You can find out more and sign up to volunteer for a particular date HERE

If you would like to be kept in the loop about other opportunities, please email  berrylandsnr@gmail.com 


Eco Church smlThurs 8 Apr

HERE is the feedback form for 40 Ways to Spring clean your Life.   Please complete and return so we can learn lessons for next time.

Eco Church smlWed 31 Mar

broken bike

If you have a bicycle in need of repair you can get a £50 voucher towards the cost.  Check the government backed scheme HERE.


Eco Church smlTues 30 Mar
40 Ways to Spring Clean your Life

If you have taken part in our Lent Challenge, we would be really interested to hear what you thought and how it went.  Please complete this short survey and either email your completed form to admin@stmatthewskt6.org. or pop your printed form through Helen's letterbox 

Feedback form

Eco Church smlMon 29 Mar

If you are looking for a creative project, do have a look HERE at a local project run out of the library.  

You are invited to join in a borough wide project to get you thinking about the environment whilst creating some wonderful art out of recycled materials.

You are welcome to upload your art work onto their Facebook group Reading Nature
https://www.facebook.com/groups/reading nature?

or to send it to Surbiton Library, Ewell Road, Surbiton, Surrey KT6 6AG

1) Think of a green pledge you will make and then create a leaf out of recycled materials and write your pledge on this.  They can then be added to the tree in Kingston library so they can all be seen once they re-open.

2) Make a collage out of recycled materials relating to the environment such as an endangered animal - take a photo and post online (as above).

Eco Church sml Sat 27 Mar

We had a call this week with  Councillor Hilary Gander, Surbiton Hill Ward, Portfolio Holder for Environment & Sustainable Transport and a neighbour.  

She gave us some useful links and a paper about recycling in Kingston which works through the South London Waste Partnership (SLWP) which has increased its latest recycling percentage to 48% which remains among the highest in London.  Read more HERE.

She also advised the importance of making sure that all paper and card is dry for recycling. 

The biggest gain we can all make is to use the food waste scheme. 

RBK Recycling and Rubbish Collections Guide 

RBK A-Z of Recycling - what you can recycle and lots more

Kingston Environment Forum FAQs

SLWP's What happens to your recycling


Eco Church Sun 21 Mar

At our PCC meeting last week our new Draft Environmental Policy was considered.  An amendment was requested and HERE is the draft with that amendment included.  As such it is not yet approved by the  PCC but should be at our next meeting.  

Eco Church Wed 17 Mar

Win/Win - recycle and benefit charity!! 


Margaret Thompson, member of St Paul's and Mayor of Kingston is collecting old mobile phones for secure recycling with all the proceeds raised going to one of her Mayor's charities for the year.  Please look out any spare mobile phones you may have lurking at the back of a drawer somewhere and put it through the Vicarage letter box. 

You'll be doing a good thing on many different levels - for the planet and others!

Eco Church smlSun 14 Mar
Marks & Spencer will recycle more plastics than some other venues and the plastic goes into making furniture.

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Eco Church  Mon 1 March
A Kingston branch of Friends of the Earth is about to be launched with a first Zoom meeting on 11 March 2021 at 7pm.  If you would like to attend register HERE.
Eco ChurchSun 21 Feb
St Matthew's launches Eco Church initiative

We are pleased to announce that we are launching our Eco Church initiative.  We are actively seeking to obtain our Eco Church Bronze Award from A Rocha which means that we are working across the different areas of worship and teaching, lifestyle, buildings, land, community and global engagement.  To kick off this initiative, during Lent we encourage you to take part in our '40 Ways to Spring Clean your Life'.  

If you would like to offer to help with our Eco Church initiative in any way please get in touch with Helen.