St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

Tag: Scything

Rewarding Work And Awarding Work

I think we can all agree that the past few months have been incredibly difficult, and we have observed a lot of change. However, not all change is bad, and it seems the current health crisis has brought about a newfound appreciation for nature (or maybe just more validation in a long-found appreciation). Despite restrictions […]

Posted 23 October 2020 | Categories: Volunteers' diary | Tags: green flag community award, Himalayan balsam, Scything, seed sowing, volunteering

Time to reap: why we use scythes and collect seeds

The scything season is now in full swing and we’ve been cutting grassland areas at St Nicks, Millennium Fields and Heworth Holme (you can read our volunteer Tessa’s beautiful love letter to find out more about this special site). We use Austrian scythes to cut grass because it is more sympathetic to the wildlife than […]

Posted 20 August 2020 | Categories: Back to Basics | Tags: grassland, pollinators, scythe shop, Scything, seed, wildflowers

Love Letter to Heworth Holme

By St Nicks Volunteer, Tessa McClary   Look under a leaf, and you’ll spot a bright red ladybug. Dig under the carpet of grass, and you’ll see a worm inching its way through the mud. Watch the puddle next to the bund, until a golden frog lopes his way down to the water. If you […]

Posted 22 November 2019 | Categories: Volunteers' diary | Tags: nature, Scything, volunteering, wildlife

Volunteer Insights: Jacob

For our final volunteer insight blog, I spoke to Jacob who has been volunteering since September 2017 as part of his studies. Currently at sixth form at Archbishop Holgates, Jacob volunteers to get experience away from the classroom. As a young student still in school education, I thought it would be great to see what […]

Posted 7 June 2018 | Categories: Inspiration, Volunteers' diary | Tags: conservation, experience, nature, placement, planting, Scything, Skills, volunteering, wildlife, Wildwatch

From one wildflower to whole meadows

Imagine acres of fields, over-flowing with wildflowers of every colour imaginable, the likes of yellow rattle, bird’s foot trefoil and even the occasional bee orchid bobbing gently on the wind which carries the sound of hundreds of buzzing insects and birdsong. I’m Eithne Phillips and I’m the project intern for St Nicks Scything for Grassland […]

Posted 23 October 2017 | Categories: Volunteers' diary | Tags: John Lally, Meadow Keepers, Scything, volunteer, wildflowers

Guest post: Down in the meadow

On Friday 16th June we launched our Scything for Grassland Management Project, Tim attended and wrote up this brilliant blog (originally posted here) that summarises the project and the day really well. The Grasslands Management Project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. A bit about Tim: I work in ecology and biodiversity in North […]

Posted 28 June 2017 | Categories: Inspiration, Volunteers' diary | Tags: buglife, Colour, conservation, Grasslands, Grasslands management, guest blog, Heritage, heritage skills, Invertebrate, Joy, Learning, management, nature, Nature Reserve, pollinators, Scything, Skills, Urban Nature Reserve, wildflowers, wildlife