St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living


On this page we will be introducing St Nicks’ patrons who help promote the charity and support it in numerous ways.

Anneliese with haikus

Anneliese helped write haikus celebrating 10th anniversary of St Nicks Environment Centre being open in May 2010.

Anneliese Emmans Dean

I run theBigBuzz, which promotes sustainability through creativity, and learning through laughter, rhythm and rhyme. I have lived within a mile or two of the St Nicks site for most of my life. My links with what we now know as St Nicks go back to 2007, when York Rotters began commissioning work from me. I wrote Compost! The (mini-)Musical for them, which members of Rotters and I taught to over 1,000 children and adults across York and beyond. The musical went on to win York Rotters the 2011 Garden Organic National Masters Innovation Award.

My book Buzzing! (Discover the poetry in garden minibeasts) was shortlisted for the 2013 Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize and is a National Insect Week recommended book. It includes poems inspired by minibeast photos I took at St Nicks.

I have put on a wide variety of events at St Nicks, ranging from photography workshops through a Moth Day to poetry writing activities. Events I have attended include a spider workshop, OPAL training, pond dipping and Give or Take Days. I’ve also eaten a lot of cake here.

My favourite thing about St Nicks? The pond. (And the creatures I’ve seen in, on and around it.)



Kate became a patron in 2014

Kate Pickett

Kate Pickett is professor of epidemiology at the University of York, and is a National Institute for Health Research Career scientist. She co-founded the Equality Trust, a non-profit organisation seeking to explain the benefits of a more equal society, and is the co-author of The Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone.

Kate is particularly interested in our new Big Lottery funded ecotherapy project, delivering outdoor activities to people experiencing mental ill-health. She has kindly offered to help us to evaluate the project and explore the difference that this project will make to individuals taking part in ecotherapy.

Kate Pickett is on Twitter as @ProfKEPickett, follow her to find out more about her work in the field of social epidemiology and inequalities.

This page was last updated 3 Oct 2016