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Mental Health Awareness Week – Connecting to Nature through Writing

This blog has been written by the leader of our Creative Writing course, Emma Mckenzie. The creative writing course is one of the ways our Ecotherapy project may help those suffering from mental ill health. Ecotherapy recognises that being in green spaces and connecting to nature can be good for our mental health and wellbeing. […]

Posted 11 May 2017 | Categories: Inspiration, Uncategorized

What’s it like to be a Park Ranger Intern?

Park Rangers Nick Denman and Harriet Lowery have just finished their six month volunteer internships. We sent them some questions about their time at St Nicks to find out more about the role and what they got out of it. How would you describe St Nicks to someone who hasn’t heard of it? Harriet: St […]

Posted 17 November 2016 | Categories: Uncategorized

The best of Autumn Fayre 2016

Summary of the day written by St Nicks Events Officer Ivana Jakubkova; more great photos can be found on Lewis Outing’s website We couldn’t have wished for a lovelier day on which to hold our annual Autumn Fayre this year, on 15th October! We had plenty of sunshine to keep us warm and there was […]

Posted 21 October 2016 | Categories: St Nicks News, Uncategorized

Wildwatch: June 2016

Highlights All-day chorus, bright meadows  and the return of a damned elusive plant. Where have all the butterflies gone?  Hoverflies and bugs make up for them! Birds There was plenty of birdsong at St Nicholas Fields in June in spite of dull or damp weather on most of the five Wildwatch Wednesdays in the month. […]

Posted 12 July 2016 | Categories: Uncategorized, Wildwatch

Guest Blog – Gillian Clifton “January Rubbish Challenge” Week 6

This is the final segment Gillian has sent me. Here she lists the things she has found out since finishing the January Rubbish Challenge. Take a look at the fruit and vegetable aisles of the supermarket and it looks like a sea of plastic. Why? And why are all cucumbers sheathed in plastic and has […]

Posted 24 June 2016 | Categories: Uncategorized | Tags: brexit, gillian clifton, guest blog, plastic, recycling, shame, weaving, weft

Guest Blog – Gillian Clifton “January Rubbish Challenge” Week 5

Gillian: Oh Dear . . . . Oh dear – what a lousy blogger I am. The month has slipped by and I have barely posted a thing. Well now, it’s time for the truth. We failed. We did not get through January without creating any landfill – nowhere near. To start with I broke […]

Posted 15 June 2016 | Categories: Uncategorized | Tags: alligator, bamboo, charity, compost, purchase, recycling, reuse, wormery

Guest Blog – Gillian Clifton “January Rubbish Challenge” Week 4

This week our Recycling Co-ordinator Sam Taylor gets a bit philosophical in her comments below… The next post, which will unfortunately be delayed until 15th June, will focus again on the practicalities and tips for landfill minimisation! Gillian: It is time to say farewell to my lonely tomato, ie I’m going to eat it. Which […]

Posted 26 May 2016 | Categories: Uncategorized | Tags: addams, chaos, habits, normal, pizza, plastic, recycling, shopping, Tomato

Guest Blog – Gillian Clifton “January Rubbish Challenge” week 3

Gillian writes: One soft tomato… This is all proving a little bit more difficult than I expected! I mean – who’s stupid idea was it to do a rubbish challenge in January when the house is still full of thoroughly packed and packaged Christmas goodies? Oh yeah. That would be me! Ah well- onward and […]

Posted 18 May 2016 | Categories: Uncategorized | Tags: biodegrade, gas, landfill, ocean, oceansofplastic, plastic, recycling, Salt Brewary, San Francisco, sea, shopping habits, Tomato

Guest blog – Gillian Clifton “January Rubbish Challenge” week 2

This week Gillian has discovered that information on recycling is not always easy to find… “Well I never! Here’s something I didn’t know until today – deodorant bottles can be recycled in the hard plastic skip at the tip (if they have one). However lids on jars are a different matter. Some sites say stick […]

Posted 11 May 2016 | Categories: Uncategorized | Tags: aerosol, consistency, cyc, deodorant, lids, recycling, residents, terracycle