Ecotherapy at St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

Ecotherapy at St Nicks

Hands covered in soil

Due to the current national lockdown (January 2021), we are unable to run face-to-face Ecotherapy at St Nicks. We are however still offering our programme of online Ecotherapy provision. This online support is open to anyone wishing to improve their wellbeing through building a connection with nature. Ecotherapy online offers weekly nature-themed emails with creative and practical tips about connecting with nature, including mini videos, blogs and photographs. Please note, we will return to offering our face-to-face Ecotherapy groups at St Nicks just as soon as we’re able to safely do so. To sign up and start receiving our online support, or to join the waiting list for one of the on-site groups when we’re able to return, please complete an enrolment form and return to Ecotherapy Project Manager Kathy Sturgess at

Kathy also runs the Mentoring Programme for Ecotherapy participants. If you would like to find out more or arrange an informal chat before enrolling on any of the groups, contact Kathy at

Trees at St Nicks nature reserve

All of our Ecotherapy groups connect with nature at our St Nicks nature reserve.

Ecotherapy online

Ecotherapy promotes good mental and physical wellbeing through outdoor activity in a natural environment. At St Nicks Ecotherapy is offered through a wonderful variety of group activities which are underpinned by one-to one mentoring support. Year round groups are Bearing Fruit, Discover Nature, Nordic Walking, Words from the Wild and Plot to Plate. Over the spring and summer months we also offer Get Gardening and scheduled for July 2021 we have Willow Weaving and Bushcraft.

Read on to find out about the benefits of Ecotherapy, how it works at St Nicks, and how to get involved.

Ecotherapy poster

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Benefits of Ecotherapy

Since 2015, 93% of our Ecotherapy participants experience significant improvements in their overall mental and physical wellbeing. They also report:

How it works at St Nicks

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The project is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, with additional funding from Purey Cust Trust CIO and Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with Your Consortium.

This page was last updated 24 Feb 2021