St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

Category: Inspiration

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 […]

Posted 25 February 2021 | Categories: Ecotherapy, Inspiration, Natural Habitats | Tags: ecotherapy, Inspiration, natural habitats

Meet the Ecotherapy team: Words from the Wild tutor William Davidson

What is your role at St Nicks and what training, employment and interests led you to this role? I run Words From the Wild with Emma. We used to run Book Club and Creative Writing separately, but now they’re combined, which is great! While I was studying at the Centre for Writing at York St […]

Posted 3 February 2021 | Categories: Ecotherapy, Inspiration | Tags: ecotherapy, nature

 Green spaces, gardening & wellbeing – Sunshine and natural daylight   

This blog is part of a series based on the infographic by Decorative Aggregates. Read the previous posts here. In this months blog we’ll be looking at how important it is to get outside for natural daylight – even when that’s not always the most appealing at this time of year! In summer it’s easy […]

Posted 27 January 2021 | Categories: Ecotherapy, Inspiration | Tags: daylight, get outdoors, melatonin, mental health, seratonin

Green spaces, gardening & wellbeing – Peer support

This blog is part of a series based on the infographic by Decorative Aggregates. Read the previous posts here. In this months blog we’ll be looking at how being in a garden or nature can help us connect to others. Gardening is often thought of as a solitary activity which can be very rewarding in […]

Posted 23 December 2020 | Categories: Ecotherapy, Opinion Piece | Tags: community, cuttings, gardening, mental health, peer support, social, volunteering

What is sustainable living?

We often say that St Nicks’ aim is to promote and enable sustainable living. What we don’t often say is what we mean by that. A recent discussion amongst staff has highlighted the fact that it’s so much easier to agree on what isn’t sustainable, than what is. At the moment, most of us in […]

Posted 21 December 2020 | Categories: Back to Basics, Opinion Piece | Tags: carbon footprint, Learning, making a difference, New Year's resolution, one planet living, sustainability, sustainable living

Meet the team – Ecotherapy Project Manager Kathy Sturgess

What is your role at St Nicks and what training, employment and interests led you to this role? I project manage the Ecotherapy Programme at St Nicks and have done so since the project started in 2015. Prior to joining St Nicks, I was a Service Development Senior Manager at York Mind and had been […]

Posted 18 December 2020 | Categories: Ecotherapy, Inspiration | Tags: career, day in the life, diary, ecotherapy, help, Inspiration, mental health, pathway, staff, vocation, work

Zero Waste Christmas

It’s been two years since I first wrote about waste at Christmas and my how attitudes have changed in that time! This year Christmas is looking like it won’t be exactly as we’ve known previously so let’s prioritise the things that matter; the people, pets and friends we love and minimise our impact on an […]

Posted 3 December 2020 | Categories: Inspiration, Waste and recycling | Tags: buy nothing, Christmas, craft, crafty, low waste, make do, mend, rent a tree, zero waste, zero waste york

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 […]

Posted 23 November 2020 | Categories: Ecotherapy, Inspiration, Opinion Piece | Tags: bacteria, breathing, connection, deep breath, earth, ecotherapy, grounding, mental health, mental wellbeing, nature, relaxation, seratonin

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 […]

Posted 18 November 2020 | Categories: Inspiration, Natural Habitats, Wildwatch

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