St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

21 Oct

Sweet success

This year’s Autumn Fayre raised almost £700 for St Nicks charity and over £150 came from the Bake Off: Apple vs. Other Local Fruit. The 39 judges recruited from visitors had a tough, if sweet, job deciding on which of the 12 entries to declare the best. In the end there were two joint overall […]

30 Sep

Welcome Sam & thank you for recycling with us!

Our previous Recycling Co-ordinator Debz Wright has gone to study plant pathology in order to restart her career in horticulture. We’ve seen Debz off with a big meal and wish her all the best on her new life path. Now it’s time to extend a warm welcome to Sam Taylor, who’s learning the ropes very […]

18 Sep

Ready for the Bake Off?

Calling all bakers! Are you ready for the Bake-Off? It’s apple vs. other local fruit this year. See the event page for contest guidelines. If you don’t bake, why not be the judge? Come along to the Fayre and taste all the cakes for just £5. Last year we had 16 cakes in the contest […]

02 Sep

Prize survey – please help make York Open Eco Homes 2016 the event of the year

This year’s first ever York Open Eco Homes event was a great success with over 300 visits made by around 200 people to 13 local homes. This is a significant part of the total 967 visitors at the 16 spring events around the country which were funded by Green Open Homes Network! We’re now looking […]

02 Sep


We’re looking for a WORM Zone Playworker and we also have volunteer internship positions. An Ecotherapy Intern is wanted to help with our growing mental health project. If your interests are more suited to the environmental sector, we are also recruiting for two Park Ranger Interns to help plan and supervise work carried out on […]

18 Aug

Earthworm survey: a first record in Yorkshire found on St Nicks!

The Earthworm Society of Britain has recently held a field meeting in York, which included a survey of St Nicks nature reserve and six other sites for earthworms. We were excited to learn that we have contributed a first record for North Yorkshire in the form of Murchieona muldali, which is one of the Endogeic […]

10 Aug

Let’s eat better!

It’s Meat Free Monday so it seems fitting to announce that St Nicks has recently joined Eating Better: for a fair, green, healthy future. This broad alliance of organisations of all sizes works to help people move towards eating less meat and more food that’s better for us and the planet, as part of the […]

29 Jul

Play area & office upgrade

A new piece of equipment – the Forest Climber – was recently installed in our children’s play area by Playscheme. The funds came from a £9,183 grant from Awards for All and our play area appeal which raised £2,390 through events and individual donations. Thank you also goes to Playscheme for having donated their timber […]

29 Jul

Greener commuting at Tata Steel benefits St Nicks

Last month Tata Steel Projects won the medium-large business category of the iTravel York BIG challenge, which saw employees competing with other workplaces to see who could clock up the most commutes using sustainable modes of transport. They have kindly donated their £100 winnings to St Nicks, which they chose as their charity of the […]

28 Jul

6th consecutive Green Flag Community Award

We are particularly proud to have secured our 6th consecutive Green Flag Community Award after a secret-shopper style judging. Our mystery judge must have been impressed enough to renew our national award from the Keep Britain Tidy campaign. We are one of 73 parks and green spaces across Yorkshire and Humberside which have been assessed against […]