St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

Category: Volunteers' diary

Introducing the Intern

Now would probably be a good time to introduce myself. My name is Nicole and I will be an intern this autumn at St Nicks while I’m in York, studying abroad from Minnesota. When I learned I would be coming here for my internship, I was excited to see how a nature centre in England […]

Posted 16 October 2012 | Categories: Volunteers' diary

Bearing Fruit: Monday 23rd January 2012 – Creating the Soft Fruit Garden

Present: Jonathan, Paul, Stephen, Steven, Eileen, Darren Today work started on creating an area to grow a selection of soft fruits at St Nicks. After spending so much time planning last week, everyone was excited and ready to get stuck in. With his horticultural background, Paul took the lead of this project and soon a […]

Posted 7 February 2012 | Categories: Volunteers' diary | Tags: Bearing Fruit, soft fruits

Bearing Fruit: 16th January 2012 – Exciting new projects and rescuing some Hazels!

Present: Jonathan, Paul, Eileen, Stephen and Darren Secure in the knowledge that St Nicks’ Community Orchard was finally in the ground and waiting for spring to come around, the Bearing Fruit Core Group could now concentrate on what interesting projects Year Two of the project might bring. Two such projects will include taking over the […]

Posted 7 February 2012 | Categories: Volunteers' diary | Tags: Bearing Fruit, soft fruits, vegetables

Orchard Planting

After nine months of planning and preparation, St Nicks’ very own community orchard is finally in the ground, ready to flourish and provide a free and delicious food source for the surrounding community! Bearing Fruit ended up hosting four separate planting sessions to get all of the trees in, but it was worth it as […]

Posted 1 February 2012 | Categories: Volunteers' diary

Bearing Fruit: 14th November – Provocation of the Robins and edible hedges.

Core Group Members Present: Eileen, Jonathan, Steven, Elly, Paul, Darren, Vicki After welcoming a new group member Darren and returning member Elly our fist activity for the day was to help St Nicks Wildwatch Group with their valuable survey work by mapping Robin Territories. After getting ourselves familiar with their calls we set out around […]

Posted 18 November 2011 | Categories: Volunteers' diary

Bearing Fruit: 7 November – The trees are now ordered!

Core Group Members Present: Eileen, Jonathan, Steven Exciting times on the Bearing Fruit project as after 9 months of research, planning, mapping and expert consultancy we have finally decided on the trees for the orchard! Trees ordered are a mix of top fruits including apples, plums and pears, hedging trees such as blackthorn, crab apple, […]

Posted 9 November 2011 | Categories: Volunteers' diary

Bearing Fruit: 24 October – Wild Flower Planting

Group Members Present: Eileen, Steven H, Steven, Patrick, Ross, Paul, Richard, Vicki, Jonathan Monday 24th October saw Bearing Fruit’s Core Group host a family planting day at St Nicks. It was a little early for planting trees so wildflowers were brought which will help bring some of the orchard sites to life when they flower […]

Posted 9 November 2011 | Categories: Volunteers' diary

About Bearing Fruit

Bearing Fruit is a new project all about growth. Growth in confidence, teamwork, skills and of course… fruit! This year and next, our Ecominds grant will enable the establishment of a community orchard. This will be part of a local nature reserve that is being developed on a site which was was once York’s landfill […]

Posted 4 October 2011 | Categories: Volunteers' diary