St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

Category: Volunteers' diary

Woodland improvements over the winter months

In this new feature, our nature reserve manager Jonathan tells all about the next few months of work on the St Nicholas Fields nature reserve. As winter draws in and vegetation dies back, the main focus of the management of our nature reserve will change to our woodlands. Our young woodland areas are maturing well, […]

Posted 14 November 2013 | Categories: Volunteers' diary

Nicole: Working on the Booklet

On Monday, I edited the short pieces I wrote for the booklet and talked over what I have left to do with the book in the time I have left here in York. After lunch, the Bearing Fruit project went out to turn compost. Trees need to be planted soon, but some compost had to […]

Posted 26 November 2012 | Categories: Volunteers' diary

Nicole: Starting a New project

On Monday, I started my first interview for a new booklet to be coming out soon. It’s going to be about St. Nick’s through the seasons and the people that are involved. I sorted some papers and in the afternoon, went out with the only two Bearing Fruit volunteers that showed up because of the […]

Posted 19 November 2012 | Categories: Volunteers' diary

Nicole: Planting for Spring

Last week, Bearing Fruit went out to plant wildflower bulbs, garlic, and seed packets near the south entrance to the reserve and in a few planters close to the centre.  Also, a bunch of tree saplings of Rowan, Hawthorne, Birch, Cherry, and others arrived that day from the Forest Trust. They needed to be temporarily […]

Posted 12 November 2012 | Categories: Volunteers' diary

Nicole: Birds, Hedgeposts, and Wildflower bulbs

I recently was able to go to a series of workshops hosted by York CVS, a local group that helps people find what kind of volunteering projects they’d like to get involved with. We learned hints on how to make our events better known and how to use social media more effectively. Last Tuesday was […]

Posted 7 November 2012 | Categories: Volunteers' diary

Transplanting Hazels and Looking for Thrushes

The Bearing Fruit group went out to transplant young Hazel trees that were growing up close together by the recycling site. If left alone, they would grow over the trail, blocking it. There were two sites in the reserve that had just enough room for some hazels to grow, one that was partially burned. The […]

Posted 29 October 2012 | Categories: Volunteers' diary

Nicole: Apple Day Preparation and Bearing Fruit

Most of the work I had been doing in the last few weeks had been in preparation for the (Not Just) Apple Day. I’d been away for a while, busy with orientation events at the university, but I was happy to come back and jump into my internship again. The first task I helped out […]

Posted 25 October 2012 | Categories: Volunteers' diary

Introducing the Intern

Now would probably be a good time to introduce myself. My name is Nicole and I will be an intern this autumn at St Nicks while I’m in York, studying abroad from Minnesota. When I learned I would be coming here for my internship, I was excited to see how a nature centre in England […]

Posted 16 October 2012 | Categories: Volunteers' diary

Bearing Fruit: Monday 23rd January 2012 – Creating the Soft Fruit Garden

Present: Jonathan, Paul, Stephen, Steven, Eileen, Darren Today work started on creating an area to grow a selection of soft fruits at St Nicks. After spending so much time planning last week, everyone was excited and ready to get stuck in. With his horticultural background, Paul took the lead of this project and soon a […]

Posted 7 February 2012 | Categories: Volunteers' diary | Tags: Bearing Fruit, soft fruits

Bearing Fruit: 16th January 2012 – Exciting new projects and rescuing some Hazels!

Present: Jonathan, Paul, Eileen, Stephen and Darren Secure in the knowledge that St Nicks’ Community Orchard was finally in the ground and waiting for spring to come around, the Bearing Fruit Core Group could now concentrate on what interesting projects Year Two of the project might bring. Two such projects will include taking over the […]

Posted 7 February 2012 | Categories: Volunteers' diary | Tags: Bearing Fruit, soft fruits, vegetables