St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

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 […]

10 Jan

Time to re-naturalise our becks

Good news for water voles and kingfishers! The Environment Agency has announced its exciting plans to create a new channel through the nature reserve where currently the Osbaldwick Beck is culverted. The primary reason for this £8million work is flood alleviation but the scheme will also help us create new habitats along the banks. We are […]

10 Jan

Thanks from York’s nature

Last December we launched a range of gift cards to help support our efforts to improve natural habitats at St Nicks and other sites in York. We’re very grateful to those who have chosen our cards as presents for their loved ones. The £300 raised so far will go towards the planting and care of: […]

21 Dec

Festive wishes and Centre closure

The Environment Centre is closed now for two weeks while our recycling collections will be suspended for just one week. We will reopen as usual on Monday 6th January 2020. Thanks for your support in an eventful 2019 (see below or our extra little update) and best wishes for the new year from St Nicks! […]