St James’s, Piccadilly, wins gold eco-award

26 October 2018


The Rector of St James’s, Piccadilly, the Revd Lucy Winkett, with the solar panels on the roof of the church

The Rector of St James’s, Piccadilly, the Revd Lucy Winkett, with the solar panels on the roof of the church

ST JAMES’s, Piccadilly, in London, has become only the fourth recipient in the country of a gold Eco Church Award.

St James’s was presented with a plaque on 14 October by Andy Atkins, the CEO of A Rocha UK, a Christian conservation charity.

The award is given when a church demonstrates “their care for God’s earth in their everyday work and witness” across five categories: worship and teaching; buildings; land; community and global; and lifestyle.

St James’s won the award for initiatives that included attempting “to use renewable energy, reduce their carbon footprint, create wildlife-friendly areas such as a pond and wetland habitat on their land, and encourage outdoor worship and teaching”.

Mr Atkins said: “It was a great honour to present this award to St James’s, Piccadilly, in recognition of the huge amount of work they have done to care for God’s earth.

“As an inner-city church in the heart of London, we hope that it will encourage other urban churches to realise how much they can care for nature and our environment regardless of their location.”

The three previous winners of a gold award are Hilfield Friary, Dorset; St Catherine’s, Burbage, in Leicester diocese; and St John’s, Leven, in Scotland.

Climate march drumming by members of the congregation of St James’s, Piccadilly, in 2016

Coronavirus (Covid-19) update

The latest: Daily news updates

Get the free Church Times email bulletin


> Lift Up Your Hearts: 29 May (PDF download)

> All our recommended resources for prayer, worship, live streaming and more


Record your experience of the pandemic, the ministry that you have given or received, and what you think will happen to churches in a post-pandemic world

> Take the survey

Welcome to the Church Times

​To explore the Church Times website fully, please sign in or subscribe.

Non-subscribers can read four articles for free each month. (You will need to register.)