St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

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Environment Centre October 2018, by L. Outing
Environment Centre in October 2018, by L. Outing

(19th March 2020) We are very much aware of the growing concerns around coronavirus (Covid-19) and aim to keep our visitors, volunteers and staff safe. Please read our notice here. We have now CLOSED the Environment Centre until further notice and cancelled/postponed most of our events. We’re looking into hosting virtual events instead and still encourage you to visit the nature reserve if you’re based nearby or other green spaces in York. Nature can be a great source of comfort and calming influence in difficult times such as these, which will pass. Please do keep the wellbeing of others in mind too and follow the government’s advice on the issue, for example by keeping a safe distance, avoiding public transport (please walk or cycle if you can) and washing/sanitising your hands.

The Nature Reserve is open all year round, just come and wander round. Please see the directions below and follow our visitors’ code on the right.

St Nicks Environment Centre is currently CLOSED until further notice but we’re usually open:

Mondays – Fridays 9am-4pm except bank holidays and during our on-site events such as Open Days (usually on the third Saturday of the month between March and November) with the exception of volunteering ones – please see the event calendar for dates

When the Centre is open, you’re very welcome to come in to look round and use the facilities unless we have a booked event or visit organised by an external organisation which may limit access to the building. If you want to make sure that there is someone available to show you round, please contact us to arrange a guided tour (this option only applies to groups of five or more people).


Approach to the Environment Centre from Rawdon Avenue

Approach to the Environment Centre car park from Rawdon Avenue – go between the pine trees. The Centre gate is by the larch trees (yellow in this picture), up the slope past the far end of the car park.


As of November 2019 St Nicks Environment Centre, Rawdon Avenue has its own new postcode – YO10 3FW, which works for post and should eventually make it easier to find us. It will take some time for this to filter through to Google and other satnav facilities though so for now it may be better to use the old one – YO10 3ST. Please note this postcode places us in the middle of Rawdon Avenue but we are at the very bottom of it – see the picture on the right of what the entrance to our car park looks like.

We encourage all our visitors to come on foot, by bicycle or bus whenever possible. There is a small car park in front of the Environment Centre if it is needed. i-Travel can help you plan your journey without or with a car but these are the basic directions.


This page was last updated 19 Mar 2020