Ecotherapy at St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

Ecotherapy at St Nicks

Hands covered in soil

In the interest of everybody’s safety, we have taken the very difficult decision to stop all face-to-face interactions during lockdown. For Ecotherapy, this includes all of the onsite groups and one to one mentoring sessions at the nature reserve commencing Thursday 5th November. This will last for the duration of the lockdown which is currently set at four weeks. Please check back for further updates or stay up to date by signing up for our newsletter.

Online support is still available to anyone and offers regular nature-themed emails with creative and practical tips about connecting with nature, including videos, blogs and photographs. Check-in phone calls for a wellbeing chat and nature inspiration are still available for existing participants.  To sign up for emails or to join the waiting list for one of the in person groups 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

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, Creative Writing/ Nature Drawing, Eco Book Club and Plot to Plate. Over the spring and summer months we also offer Get Gardening and Woodworking. Scheduled  for July 2021 we have Willow Weaving, Bushcraft and Grow your Home (make a window box).

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

Interested? Want to know more?

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 18 Nov 2020