St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

Category: Inspiration

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

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 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 […]

Posted 21 September 2020 | Categories: Ecotherapy, Inspiration, Opinion Piece | Tags: ecotherapy, exercise, gardening, Learning, mental health, wellbeing

Green spaces, gardening & wellbeing: Living in the moment

This blog is part of a series based on the infographic by Decorative Aggregates. Catch up on part one, two. and three here. In this month’s article we are going to be looking at how focusing on the present moment can help to alleviate stress and anxiety caused by worrying or thinking about the past […]

Posted 20 August 2020 | Categories: Ecotherapy, Opinion Piece | Tags: appreciation, control, decorative aggregates, ecotherapy, grow your own, lack of control, meditation, mental health, messy, mindfullness, peace, plants, quiet, tidy, wellbeing, windowsill

Can £5,000 get you a warmer, better home?

Only around 36% of York homes are classed as well-insulated, according to research by Friends of the Earth. This means that most of us in York (and across the UK) live in houses that are expensive to heat, generate unnecessary carbon emissions and are potentially bad for our health. The recent government’s recent announcement of […]

Posted 24 July 2020 | Categories: One Planet Living, Opinion Piece | Tags: airtightness, comfort, draught-proofing, government grant, insulation, retrofitting, wellbeing, zero carbon

Green spaces, gardening & wellbeing: Control

This blog is part of a series based on the infographic by Decorative Aggregates. Catch up on part one and two. In this month’s blog we are going to be looking at how being in a garden or out in nature helps to bring a sense of control when the rest of life can feel […]

Posted 23 July 2020 | Categories: Ecotherapy, Inspiration | Tags: control, decorative aggregates, ecotherapy, grow your own, lack of control, mental health, messy, plants, tidy, wellbeing, windowsill

Connecting with Nature – Nature Art

In times of stress Nature Art can bring us closer to nature with all the associated benefits of feeling more connected and relaxed. Collecting materials from nature such as petals, stones, leaves and seed cones can be a mindfulness practice of its own and we can use these materials to make and create. Here Ecotherapy […]

Posted 26 June 2020 | Categories: Ecotherapy, Inspiration, Opinion Piece | Tags: art, ecotherapy, flowers, leaves, mandala, mental health, mental wellbeing, nature art, petals

 Green spaces, gardening & wellbeing: Stress relief

This blog is part of a series. Catch up on part one if you missed it. Being in nature has many benefits to our mental health and in this month’s blog, inspired by Decorative Aggregates and their infographic about how gardening can benefit our mental wellbeing, we are going to be focusing on the stress […]

Posted 23 June 2020 | Categories: Ecotherapy, Inspiration | Tags: ecotherapy, gardening, mental health, river, stress, stress relief, time out, walk