St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

27 Jan

 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 […]

27 Jan

Please think twice before getting a wood stove

Watching flames dance over logs or other dry wood is incredibly mesmerising and relaxing, especially if you know that it travelled just a few hundred yards from a well-managed forest (or a scrapheap). The Environment Centre stove is certainly one of its most popular features, even though it’s inadequate (more on that later). Yet, we […]

21 Jan

Wildwatch: December highlights

Despite restrictions, our fantastic Wildwatch team have continued to collect wildlife data for us throughout the pandemic, whether out on their daily exercise or meeting up to do socially distant sessions (when allowed). This has been incredibly useful for us as it means we still have weekly records of the wide range of wildlife found […]

20 Jan

Back to basics blog 3: Single use plastics

There seems to be a lot of antagonism towards plastics, some of which is deserved but some plastics are very well engineered, versatile and are basically now life essentials. What we believe needs to be clearer is the detrimental impact our throwaway, single use lifestyles are having. When we say single use we are referring […]

19 Jan

Spotlight on… Bird song and calls

Most birds will sing to defend a territory and attract a mate. It might therefore seem a bit counterintuitive to learn birdsong in winter outside of the peak breeding season – and it is true that there are fewer birds singing at this time of year – but that makes their individual songs much easier […]

23 Dec

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 […]

21 Dec

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 […]

18 Dec

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 […]

17 Dec

Spotlight on… Red Kites

This blog has been written by the incredibly knowledgeable Phil Taylor from Green Underwing who also leads our Discover Nature Ecotherapy session. Recently I saw a red kite flying over the road near Rufforth and this prompted me to explore the history of this bird of prey. Red kites are a magnificent part of British […]

16 Dec

Make your own nature journal – seasonal Ecotherapy

Why nature journal? The New Year is an especially good time to start a nature journal, it sets an intention of regularly connecting with nature throughout the year. A nature journal can provide some refuge on the darker days in winter time. Opening up the pages can remind us how we were feeling when we […]