St Nicks

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Category: Opinion Piece

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

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

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

Keeping connected to nature: even during lockdown

Hard times for us all. So many pressing concerns. Not least of these, for many of us, is the way in which our access to the natural world has suddenly become so constricted. Absence, it is said, makes the heart grow fonder. How true this seems now, regarding not just family and friends, but also […]

Posted 31 March 2020 | Categories: Ecotherapy, Opinion Piece, Wildwatch | Tags: blackbird, Bumblebee, butterfly, Celandine, Chiffchaff, coltsfoot, comma butterfly, cowslip, ecotherapy, Goldfinch, Hoverfly, kingfisher, Ladybird, magpie, Otter, poplar, robin, Shieldbug, volunteer, wildlife, wildlife gardening, Wildwatch, Woodlouse, York

Strange times, normal times: climate change at St Nicks

Written by Wildwatch volunteer Sean Garvey in the summer 2019, as an update to our page on climate change at St Nicks This heatwave seems as good a time as any to consider climate change. Extreme weather events of all kinds are set to become more frequent as global warming affects us all. Here in […]

Posted 27 August 2019 | Categories: One Planet Living, Opinion Piece | Tags: ash, ash dieback, Bumblebees, butterflies, Chiffchaff, Cinnamon Bug, climate change, climate crisis, damselflies, global warming, green corridors, Grey Squirrel, hedgehog, magpie, mitigation, oak, phenology, Wildwatch, woodland, yew

Why Litter Pick?

Nature Reserve Manager Jonathan Dent tells us why we should care more about what happens to rubbish washing away down the river.  Have you ever noticed the litter that is piling up in your local river or stream? Perhaps not: the following week, it has often disappeared. It’s more than likely that, rather than being […]

Posted 30 May 2018 | Categories: Inspiration, Opinion Piece | Tags: boundaries, ecoactive, flooding, litter, litter pick, nature, north sea, plastic ocean, water table, wildlife, york becks

Review of “Haybox Cooking – Save Energy with Fireless cookers”

Simply put, haybox is an insulated box which turns part cooked food into a finished meal without using any extra heat. Hay, the early insulating material, can be replaced with a variety of other materials and various forms of haybox cookers are saving firewood or gas around the world. While this method is particularly well […]

Posted 4 September 2017 | Categories: Opinion Piece | Tags: cooking, eco homes, fireless, haybox, solar

Green Myths Busted

You asked for it, so here it is! We hope you find this blog a useful resource for busting common misconceptions about being or going green. If there’s something you’ve heard conflicting things about, please let us know and we will do our best to clear it up for you. And if this blog does […]

Posted 27 July 2017 | Categories: Inspiration, Opinion Piece | Tags: answers, busted, difference, eco, economy, environmental, green, growth, impact, learn, myth, mythbuster, one planet, organic, permaculture, queries, Questions, recycling, renewable, soil, soil health, steady state, unsure, upcycling, water, York