St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

23 Dec

Green spaces, gardening & wellbeing – Peer support

This blog is part of a series based on the infographic by Decorative Aggregates. Read the previous posts here. In this months blog we’ll be looking at how being in a garden or nature can help us connect to others. Gardening is often thought of as a solitary activity which can be very rewarding in […]

21 Dec

What is sustainable living?

We often say that St Nicks’ aim is to promote and enable sustainable living. What we don’t often say is what we mean by that. A recent discussion amongst staff has highlighted the fact that it’s so much easier to agree on what isn’t sustainable, than what is. At the moment, most of us in […]

18 Dec

Meet the team – Ecotherapy Project Manager Kathy Sturgess

What is your role at St Nicks and what training, employment and interests led you to this role? I project manage the Ecotherapy Programme at St Nicks and have done so since the project started in 2015. Prior to joining St Nicks, I was a Service Development Senior Manager at York Mind and had been […]

17 Dec

Spotlight on… Red Kites

This blog has been written by the incredibly knowledgeable Phil Taylor from Green Underwing who also leads our Discover Nature Ecotherapy session. Recently I saw a red kite flying over the road near Rufforth and this prompted me to explore the history of this bird of prey. Red kites are a magnificent part of British […]

16 Dec

Make your own nature journal – seasonal Ecotherapy

Why nature journal? The New Year is an especially good time to start a nature journal, it sets an intention of regularly connecting with nature throughout the year. A nature journal can provide some refuge on the darker days in winter time. Opening up the pages can remind us how we were feeling when we […]

03 Dec

Zero Waste Christmas

It’s been two years since I first wrote about waste at Christmas and my how attitudes have changed in that time! This year Christmas is looking like it won’t be exactly as we’ve known previously so let’s prioritise the things that matter; the people, pets and friends we love and minimise our impact on an […]

26 Nov

Make a festive wreath – seasonal ecotherapy

Early December is the perfect time to connect with nature through some reflective and sensory time foraging for willow, ivy, pinecones and other natural goodies that can be added to a festive wreath. Shop bought wreaths often have fake foliage and almost always include wire, whereas our Bearing Fruit group make their wreaths with 100% […]

26 Nov

Fancy Ta(l)king Action?

3 reasons why YOUR actions matter: join us on Tue 12th January 2020 for Ta(l)king Action It’s good to see the government somewhat stepping up its ambition to tackle climate change and stimulate a green recovery from the Covid pandemic. We could argue over how revolutionary the 10 Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution […]

23 Nov

Green spaces, gardening & wellbeing – Relaxation

This blog is part of a series based on the infographic by Decorative Aggregates. Read the previous posts here. In this month’s blog we’ll be looking at how being in a garden or out in nature can help us to relax. There are many daily stressors in life but one of the best ways to […]

18 Nov

Adventures in the Becks

We have spent a lot of time in and around the becks this year. In a year when we’ve all had to keep our distance from one another, spending hours exploring Tang Hall and Osbaldwick Becks from the water, as well the overgrown banks, has been a thoroughly rewarding but responsible activity to keep us […]