In 2000 St Chad’s Green Team started promoting awareness of our responsibilities towards the environment and sustainability of planet earth. Each year we hold at least one special service (usually in the summer) which focusses on an aspect of our responsibilities to the environment. There is a recycling box in the Welcome Porch of the church for used reading glasses, mobile phones, batteries, computer cartridges and postage stamps. The churchyard is maintained for the benefit of wildlife, whilst always remembering its prime purpose as a resting place for the deceased. (see Churchyard as wildlife haven for further details).
Find out about recycling and reusing opportunities across Leeds here.
The following list shows some of our achievements and publicity:
- 2003 (July) Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Living Churchyard Award Runner Up
- 2005 (October) First Eco-congregation Award
- 2006 (April) Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Jubilee event held St Chad’s
- 2006 BBC “Springwatch” filmed & broadcast short sequence in the churchyard
- 2007 Green Apple Award (Bronze) for Charity & Community Project.
- 2007 Church Times Green Awards “Biodiversity” category Winner
- 2008 June featured in The Dalesman magazine
- 2008 Leeds City Council “Community & City Pride” Awards. Recycling Project of the Year Runner Up
- 2009 Leeds City Council “Community & City Pride” Award
- 2008 Interpretive Boards erected in churchyard
- 2008 Second Eco-congregation Award
- 2012 Third Eco-congregation Award
- 2013 Yorkshire Post Environment Awards Short-listed for Community Award
- 2014 (May) “A Walk Round St Chad’s churchyard, Far Headingley” published professionally
- 2014 (December) St Chad’s Churchyard featured in British Wildlife Journal
- 2015 “St Chad’s Church Far Headingley Geological Trail” published professionally
- 2015 Yorkshire Post Environment Awards Winner Community category
- 2016 (June) Churchyard featured in the Yorkshire Post Magazine during ‘Celebrating Churchyards Week’
- 2016 Eco Church Silver Award (The Eco Church Award, launched in February 2016, replaces the Eco Congregation scheme, and is run by A Rocha UK, a Christian charity working for the protection and restoration of the natural world). Read more here
- 2017 Green Champions Award, The Church Times. Read more here