St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

12 Jan

Meet the team: Habitats Officer Nicola Ward

What is your role at St Nicks?  I started working as the Habitats Officer in September 2021,within the wider Natural Habitats team. Funding from the Green Recovery Challenge Fund, along with the creation of St Nicks Green Corridors Project meant that the existing team could expand. A few of us started at the same time, […]

13 Dec

Reflections on COP26

As you may know, world leaders, negotiators, lobbyists, representatives of civil society, as well as concerned individuals, met in Glasgow at the beginning of November for the 26th climate summit, COP26. The event has received a lot more coverage than the previous summits, not just because it was taking place in the UK. While Covid […]

01 Oct

Heworth Holme BioBlitz results

In August this year, along with our friends at FrogLife, we carried out our second “bioblitz” of wetland meadow, Heworth Holme. St Nicks have been working on improving the habitat at Heworth Holme for nearly five years and together with our volunteers, we have transformed the site from a grassland overgrown with thick grasses and […]

25 Aug

How to centre young people’s voices

St Nicks’ Green Mentor Freya Lovett poses the questions we all need to ask to make sure our young people’s ideas make a real difference to people, nature and planet.   Through our part in the nationwide Green Influencers project, we work with young people aged between 10 – 14 years old to help them […]

04 Aug

Meet the team: Ecotherapy Project Assistant Rachel Hall

What is your role at St Nicks? I started working as the Ecotherapy Project Assistant in May 2021. Previously I’ve worked for charities and in local government roles but during the last lockdown I decided I needed a new challenge. I have always really enjoyed being out in nature and felt it can have a […]

29 Jul

Meet the Ecotherapy Team: Art based Creative Writing tutor Griselda Goldsbrough

What is your role at St Nicks and what training, employment and interests led you to this role? I am the Ecotherapy Creative Writing/Nature Arts tutor at St Nicks. I have over 20 years of professional experience in arts, heritage, culture and a specialism in community arts, writing and recovery. I enjoy promoting the benefits of […]

01 Jul

Boost your Mental Wellbeing at St Nicks

The last year has been hard on many people’s mental health, so we are especially glad to be sharing a range of opportunities to boost your mental wellbeing. From bushcraft to willow weaving to one-to-one support for mental health at work and wellbeing workshops, there’s something for everyone. The evidence is clear.  ‘Nature connectedness’ is […]

22 Jun

Meet the team: Thriving at Work Project Officer Sarah Chmura

What is your role at St Nicks?  As the Thriving at Work Project Officer, I work one to one with employed individuals across York who are experiencing mental health challenges, using mentoring support and nature-based solutions to help them discover ways of reducing stress, improving their sense of wellbeing and ultimately to thrive at work.  […]

21 Jun

How do we prevent a climate COP out?

Whether you’ve heard about COP26 (Conference of the Parties) or not yet, this is one party you shouldn’t miss. The world leaders are due to meet in Glasgow this November to discuss how to address the climate crisis and get the world on track to limiting heating of our planet to below 1.5 degrees C. […]

06 Jun

Wildwatch: March-May highlights

Spring was certainly a very exciting time for our Wildwatch team with lots of amazing new discoveries and the return of a few familiar friends. For some of our Wildwatch team, just getting back to St Nicks following lockdown was a highlight in itself (and a highlight for us too as our team are amazing […]