St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

Archive for October 2020

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 […]

Posted 23 October 2020 | Categories: Volunteers' diary | Tags: green flag community award, Himalayan balsam, Scything, seed sowing, volunteering

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 […]

Posted 23 October 2020 | Categories: Ecotherapy, Inspiration | Tags: ecotherapy, greenspaces, grow your own, homegrown, litterpick, mental health, plants, responsibility, seeds, self care

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 […]

Posted 22 October 2020 | Categories: Back to Basics, Inspiration | Tags: meadow, seed sowing, wildflowers

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. […]

Posted 2 October 2020 | Categories: Ecotherapy | Tags: cycling, green activity, green exercise, guest blog, guest post, nordic walking, physical activity