St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

23 Nov

Precious Plastics York – kickstarting a plastic revolution in York

Our month-long Precious Plastic York crowdfunder goes live today. We have many rewards available for our supporters check out the crowdfunder here. Based on the open source designs available from the lovely folks over at Precious Plastic, we will be developing machinery to recycle plastic waste ourselves. We want to change hearts and minds about […]

03 Nov

Covid update: changes due to UK-wide lockdown

As we move into a second phase of Covid lockdown we are ever aware of the need for people to enjoy fresh air, a place to go to exercise and a reminder of the simple joys of being in nature. Although the Environment Centre remains closed for the near future,  please do come along and […]

23 Sep

Covid update: what we’ve been up to

Due to Covid-19 we’ve had to make some staff changes and keep the Environment Centre closed to the public. However, we’ve also been busy carrying on with making York better for both people and wildlife: please see for yourself in this quarterly digest including links and pictures.  We hope the reading will inspire you to […]

21 Sep

Covid update: staff changes & goodbyes

Covid-19 has forced many charities to make changes to the way they work as they face significant challenges due to the impact of the pandemic, and St Nicks is no exception. A survey of the sector in York shows that 63% of organisations expect to be financially unsustainable within 12 months or less if the current […]

25 Jun

Record recycling rates!

Did you know in the first month of lockdown the volumes of residential recycling increased by over 50%? Many residents used their time at home to have clear outs of old paperwork and it kept us very busy! If you are thinking about having a clear out remember to be responsible, many household waste recycling […]

12 Jun

Help us get our volunteers back

We have come up with a plan to enable socially distant volunteering on site but to do so we need your help. We only have a very limited amount of tools. In the past, it has not been a problem for volunteers to share tools because there was no risk in this but now, there […]

11 Mar

Coronavirus notice – Centre closure

[Updated 30th March 2020] In order to limit undue risk of exposure to the coronavirus we are following the government’s advice to reduce social contact wherever possible and ask you to avoid visiting St Nicks unless it’s for exercise. Green spaces like St Nicks can help us all get through this difficult time but we […]

21 Feb

Valentine’s fundraising success

Another fine dancing and fundraising evening was had at the English Martyrs thanks to the brilliant FiddlersWreck Ceilidh Band who had more than 100 dancers enjoying their tunes. This year’s annual Ceilidh happily coincided with Valentine’s Day and marked The Climate Coalition’s #ShowtheLove campaign – see the campaign video and more pictures from the night […]

10 Feb

Time to show the love for people and planet

February is a time to celebrate and remember our loved ones, including the planet that we all share. We’re joining the Climate Coalition in showing the love for all we want to protect from climate change, and the ways we can create a safer world for future generations. It’s never been more important to make […]

20 Jan

St Nicks featured in The Guardian

We’re very pleased to have been featured in The Guardian in an article on 10 car-free trips to inspiring eco-friendly places in the UK, alongside the likes of CAT in Wales and Knepp Wildland. Amongst other things Phoebe Taplin says: “It’s startling to remember the city centre is just a mile away. These nine hectares […]