St Nicks Ecotherapy guide to make a festive wreath

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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 15th 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 […]

11 Nov

Coping with eco anxiety

This blog by Ecotherapy Assistant Hannah Kenter is part of a series exploring some of the latest research and debates in the field of Ecotherapy along with nature inspired tips for how you can put the research into practice If you’ve been feeling unsettled about environmental issues of late there are some practical tips that […]

23 Oct

Rewarding Work And Awarding Work

I think we can all agree that the past few months have been incredibly difficult, and we have observed a lot of change. However, not all change is bad, and it seems the current health crisis has brought about a newfound appreciation for nature (or maybe just more validation in a long-found appreciation). Despite restrictions […]

23 Oct

Green spaces, gardening & wellbeing – Sense of responsibility

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 are going to be taking a look at how caring for a plant or garden, and having a sense of responsibility to care for it, can help us to feel better […]

22 Oct

The Secret To Our Successful Seed Sowing

When trying to improve plant diversity at St Nicks, we have three main techniques. One is through management alone, second is starting afresh with bare soil, and the third is by sowing into existing habitat. On the meadow and other habitats at St Nicks we do all three methods. 1. Management Just managing our habitats […]

02 Oct

Green Physical Activity – the benefits

This is a guest blog written by our Ecotherapy Nordic Walking tutor Michelle Cairns.  It features links to further reading and a full list of references in a slightly different style to our usual blog posts. We hope you enjoy reading it. If you are interested in joining our Ecotherapy programme you’d be very welcome. […]

21 Sep

Green spaces, gardening & wellbeing: Exercise

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 are going to be looking at how being in a garden or out in nature can help us with exercising and keeping fit and healthy. Whilst this is obviously great for […]