The Objects of the Steyning Downland Scheme include a commitment to ‘work in accordance with the moral principles and the spirit of love that authenticates the Christian faith, and in a manner which demonstrates Christian stewardship of the environment.’ This reflects the Goring family’s commitment to manage all of the Wiston Estate in line with Christian principles.
The Christian faith is deeply concerned with the natural world. We work in partnership with A Rocha UK, a Christian nature conservation charity and also with local churches, for example to organise the occasional ‘Forest Church’ event. Our Forest Church meetings are basically church held in the open-air – everyone’s invited!
We continue to explore what Christian stewardship of the natural environment means in practice. Part of this is building community and working to ensure everyone who enjoys using the land is able to do so, and is considerate of the needs of others and the wildlife that lives there. There’s certainly no need to be a Christian to volunteer with us and we welcome the active participation of people with all faiths and none.
We are working to make a difference at the very local scale, by involving the whole community in Christian management of the countryside. If you are interested in learning more about Christianity and the natural environment or would like to help us, do get in contact – we’d love to hear from you!
“But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee. Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee. Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the Lord hath wrought this? In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.” Job 12: 7-10, The Bible (KJV).