St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

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 […]

20 May

St Nicks’ Volunteer Story: Natalie Rea

We caught up with our Precious Plastic York volunteer, Natalie Rea, and asked her some nosy questions about what inspires her and how she hopes to help St Nicks make a difference. Tell us a bit about yourself. My name is Natalie Rea. I am an Earth enthusiast. Having studied Geology for my undergraduate degree, […]

11 May

How to rewild yourself and reconnect with nature

We hear a lot these days about how to rewild nature – a form of conservation and ecological restoration that has significant potential to increase biodiversity through letting things take their natural course, reintroducing native species and not having too much human interference. But is it also possible to rewild ourselves? This could mean doing […]

08 Apr

Meet the Team: Green Mentor, Freya Lovett

What is your role at St Nicks? My role is a Green Mentor which involves working with young people aged 10-14 to help them organise their own environmental projects. I also lead the Ecotherapy Bearing Fruit group but I’ll save talking about that for another time. In what ways have you been involved in environmental […]

25 Mar

St Nicks’ supporter story: Tiphaine

Meet St Nicks’ supporter Tiphaine, who has shared her experiences of adopting a greener lifestyle with our Sustainability Officer Ivana. Would you like to share yours? Please get in touch.   Please introduce yourself in a few sentences. My name is Tiphaine, I am French and arrived in York five and a half years ago […]

17 Mar

Ecotherapy meet the participants: Interview with allotment volunteer Eileen

When did you first get involved with Ecotherapy at St Nicks? I remember very clearly when I started at St Nicks. It was 2011, the year I retired. I was thinking about life after retirement and saw an article in The Press. St Nicks were seeking volunteers to help plant an orchard on the nature […]

16 Mar

Wildwatch: February highlights

February brought with it a hint of spring and our wonderful Wildwatch team were out to spot all the tell-tale signs. Week on week the changing season was a source of pleasure and delight as our team were able to observe the buds emerging on trees, cherry blossom out in its delicately dazzling display, shoots […]

09 Mar

Getting more out of waste – big changes are coming!

There’s a massive shift coming for the waste sector, what are the changes and what impact will they have? Plastic tax (scheduled for April 2022) Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for packaging (anticipated to be effective from 2023) Deposit Return Schemes (DRS) and consistent municipal recycling collections (set to be introduced from 2023) Plastic Tax The […]

03 Mar

How to spring clean you mind – seasonal ecotherapy

Spring is just around the corner and often this is a time for spring cleaning. But this doesn’t just have to mean clearing out your clutter and sweeping away the cobwebs, it can be helpful to do some spring cleaning for your mind too. These are some tips for how you can feel a boost […]

25 Feb

Meet the Ecotherapy Team: Discover Nature tutor Phil Taylor

What is your role at St Nicks and what training, employment and interests led you to this role? I run the Discover Nature ecotherapy group at St Nicks. I can’t remember a time when I haven’t been interested in wildlife (or Star Trek). Since university I have pursued a career in ecology as apparently Starship […]