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/ 9 October 2018

St James’s Piccadilly scoops coveted Eco Church Gold Award

St James's Piccadilly, taking inspiring action to lead on environmental issues

Already an Eco Church Silver award winner, St James’s Church in Piccadilly has now become the Diocese’s first, and the fourth nationwide, Eco Church Gold award winner.

Andy Atkins, CEO of A Rocha UK, which hosts Eco Church, will be at St James’s to present the church with its award, and to share in a harvest lunch, at 1:00 pm on 14th October 2018.  The lunch will be made from gleaned food (food which would otherwise have been thrown away) and foraged resources.  All are welcome.  An invitation and more information can be downloaded from the foot of this page.

St James’s has met the Gold standard across all five Eco Church categories:

Worship and Teaching

Awareness of our interdependence and care for the planetary environment must be embedded in liturgy and teaching.  At St James’s, this is reflected in weekly and seasonal liturgies, and many special events including outdoor worship, visiting speakers, film screenings, workshops, study groups and Eco Fun Palaces.


St James’s is now a net carbon neutral site in Piccadilly. Behaviour changes, efficient infrastructure and use of renewable energy sources have resulted in a substantial reduction in its carbon footprint to date – when benchmarked using Energy-saving Benchmarking, achieving an A++ rating and improving its efficiency by 36% in a decade, thus drawing ever closer to the Diocese’s target of 42% savings by 2020. Remaining emissions are offset through a Forest Carbon tree planting project.


The church provides a vital inner-city habitat for wildlife as well as people in its Southwood Garden. Soil regeneration, pollinator-friendly planting, composting and care for invertebrates, construction of a pond and wetland habitat, and regular citizen science projects all contribute to the life of the garden.

Community and Global

Local to global – outreach and campaigning form the fourth strand in Eco Church. Action on food, waste, transport and use of money locally translates into campaigning on global issues and support for initiatives such as Toilet Twinning, Earth Hour and the Pilgrimage to Paris.


We can all make a difference!  St James’s supports individuals and community in putting faith and learning into action through the daily purchasing and lifestyle choices we all make – supporting Fair Trade, animal welfare, responsible travel and food production.

Ideas and information for other churches on the Eco Church journey can be found at St James’s Piccadilly Eco Church.

You can also read more about the Diocese’s contribution to Eco Church at Eco Church in the Diocese of London.

Find out more about the Harvest Sunday Community Lunch.

About Brian Cuthbertson

Brian is the Head of Environment and Sustainability at the Diocese of London.

Read more from Brian Cuthbertson

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