St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

Category: Inspiration

Five implications of energy price rises – it’s time to act!

Human society, let alone life in general, can’t run without energy. In the UK we’ve grown accustomed to the ease of flicking the switch or filling up the tank and having instant access to relatively cheap energy. The rapid rise in wholesale prices, fuelled further by the war in Ukraine, has been a shock to […]

Posted 15 March 2022 | Categories: One Planet Living, Opinion Piece | Tags: carbon emissions, energy, energy efficiency, fossil fuels, green recovery, heat pump, low carbon, one planet living, retrofit

Meet the team: The Recycling team

  Comprised of Sam (Waste & Recycling Manager), Marc, Stuart, Rebecca, David and Chris What is your role at St Nicks? We collect recycling, we are contracted by City of York Council to collect the kerbside, residential recycling from the hard to reach areas of the city. We do it on load bearing tricycles and […]

Posted 11 February 2022 | Categories: Inspiration, Interview, Waste and recycling

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 […]

Posted 13 December 2021 | Categories: One Planet Living, Opinion Piece | Tags: climate, climate action, COP26, fossil fuels, global heating, one planet living, treaty

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 […]

Posted 25 August 2021 | Categories: Green Influencers, Inspiration | Tags: campaigning, empowerment, engagement, green influencers, inclusion, participation, tree planting, wildlife, young people

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 […]

Posted 29 July 2021 | Categories: Ecotherapy, Inspiration, Interview | Tags: arts, creativity, ecotherapy, Learning, mental health, nature, nature connectedness, stress, wellbeing, writing

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 […]

Posted 1 July 2021 | Categories: Ecotherapy, Inspiration, Thriving at Work | Tags: advice, art, bushcraft, coaching, craft, ecotherapy, employers, mental wellbeing, mentoring, mindfullness, nature, nature connectedness, nature journal, support, Thriving at work, Time To Change, willow weaving, work life balance

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. […]

Posted 21 June 2021 | Categories: Inspiration, One Planet Living | Tags: climate change, climate crisis, COP26, greenhouse gases, just transition, one planet living, sustainable living, zero carbon

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, […]

Posted 20 May 2021 | Categories: Inspiration, Interview, Waste and recycling | Tags: collaboration, community, design, education, innovation, interview, plastic, precious plastic, STEM, sustainability, volunteer, volunteering, zero waste

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 […]

Posted 25 March 2021 | Categories: Inspiration, Interview, One Planet Living | Tags: interview, one planet living, recycling, sustainability

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 […]

Posted 17 March 2021 | Categories: Ecotherapy, Inspiration, Natural Habitats