Eco Diocese

Manchester Diocese received an Eco Diocese award in December 2020 from the national environmental charity A Rocha in recognition of its work to embed environmental issues into the life of the diocese. 

The Bronze award also recognises the many churches across Greater Manchester and Rossendale who have worked hard to make their buildings and worship greener, and who have received Eco Church awards over the past three years.

Since announcing its intention to work towards becoming an Eco Diocese in 2017, the diocese has made great efforts to integrate care for the environment into its strategy, training, investments and communications.

A Rocha, who administer the award, commented on some innovative elements to work on the environment such as encouraging cycling, and supporting Beeways, the radical plan by Chris Boardman and Transport for Greater Manchester to transform Greater Manchester into Britain's first 'cycling city'.

Is care of God's creation woven into our lives?

Manchester Diocese has also established a 12-week Ecology and Creation training pathway for Authorised Lay Ministers. Eco ALMs develop a theological understanding of creation care alongside the climate emergency, and identify how creation and ecology present missional opportunities for engagement in all aspects of church life, including pastoral care and worship.

Innovative Communications from the Diocese of Manchester on environmental issues include the commissioning of a cartoon and videos to encourage cycling. 


The fifth Mark of Mission: "To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth"

Many church communities are imaginatively living out the fifth Mark of Mission through care for Gods creation. 

The following churches have received Eco Church Awards in Manchester Diocese:

Moss Side, St James with St Clement
Whalley Range, St Edmund
Pendlebury, St John the Evangelist
Old Trafford, St John the Evangelist
Bradshaw, St Maxentius
Friarmere (Delph), St Thomas

Brunswick, Christ Church
Collyhurst, The Saviour
Denshaw, Christ Church
Friezland, Christ Church
Dobcross, Holy Trinity
Lydgate, St Anne
Prestwich, St Margaret (Holyrood)
Dearnley, St Andrew
Edgeside, St Anne
Salford, Sacred Trinity
Oldhams Church
Pennington, Christ Church



Can you join us in the journey to become an Eco Church? This involves making changes to your lifestyle and taking small steps in the right direction. It might include signing up with a green energy supplier, reducing your purchase of single use plastic items, and remembering to put our rubbish in the correct recycling bins.

Eco Church (run by A Rocha UK) encourages and supports churches in their care for Gods creation across five areas of church life:

  • worship and teaching

  • buildings

  • land

  • community and personal engagement

  • lifestyle

Eco Church Awards operate through an online survey asking churches how they care for Gods earth in different areas of their life and work. By answering questions, you collect points towards a bronze, silver or gold Eco Church Award.

We currently have 63 churches registered to become Eco Churches


  1. Register your church at

  2. Build a team of people to help you answer the questions, including children, young people, and people beyond your regular congregation. Can you work together with local schools and community groups?

  3. See how many Eco Church points you achieve by completing the questionnaire.

  4. The survey will suggest ideas for further action, many of them easily achievable and affordable.Be sure to update the survey with any changes you implement and notice what happens to your points.

  5. Check out the suggested online resources and develop your ideas further. They include prayers, activities for young people, information on green energy, insulation and developing wildlife friendly church grounds.

  6. When you have enough points, complete the Award Application Form.


We are providing training for clergy and laity (including the Authorised Lay Ministry module in Ecology and Creation).

Share your progress on the Manchester Eco Diocese Facebook page. If your church receives an Eco Church award, or has a good news story to share, please let us know.

Share your eco projects on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #EcoDiocese

Take a look at our Grants support page - could you get a grant to boost one of your eco projects?

Support cycling and find out if your church will be on a Beeway.


For help or advice and to share your good news stories, please contact the Diocesan Environment Officer. The role is carried out by Grace Thomas and Clive Hamilton as a job share. You can contact them at 

Parish Leaflet

Environment Policy

The Church of England Diocese of Manchester,
Church House, 
90 Deansgate, 
Manchester M3 2GH

Manchester DBF Company number 149999, Charity number 249424
Telephone: 0161 828 1400