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Church rises to rainforest challenge

29 June 2012

by a staff reporter

A LEEDS church has taken up a challenge to raise £100 to fund conservation work in an Ecuadorian rainforest, by staging an open-garden event.

Christian Ecology Link (CEL) has challenged 100 churches to raise £100 each, to fund conservation work in one of the world's endangered tropical rainforests. So far, six churches have signed up.

St Edmund's, Roundhay, in Leeds, chose to support Ecuador, and a scheme to buy up acres of virgin forest, to create nature reserves, and hand them over to local NGOs to manage.

Members of the church's green group organised an open-garden event, with strawberries and cream. It raised £612 - enough to buy more than six acres of rainforest.

Details of CEL's challenge can be found at www.greenchristian.org. uk/100churches 

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