St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

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! […]

03 Dec

New postcode

St Nicks Environment Centre now has its own new postcode – YO10 3FW, which should eventually make it easier to find us. It will take some time for this to filter through to Google and other satnav facilities though so for now it’s worth bearing the old one in mind – YO10 3ST – when […]

13 Nov

Gifts that make a difference

Looking for a great eco-friendly present? We’ve got just the thing – our new range of gift cards will support our efforts to improve natural habitats at St Nicks or other sites in York. Give a gift that will help York’s nature thrive, choose to: create hedgerow feasts: £5 will pay for the planting and […]

30 Oct

St Nicks is Bees’ Needs Champion

We have been declared a 2019 Bees’ Needs Champion by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). This proves that St Nicks and our wonderful volunteers really are the bees’ knees when it comes to supporting our buzzing buddies. The award goes to those who have shown dedication, innovation and creativity in making […]

18 Oct

Annual report and vote result

We have now published our Annual Report 2018-19 (6MB PDF file), which you can download by following the link. It describes the charity’s activities that year as well as our purpose and governance. It is richly illustrated with photos, mostly taken by our amazing volunteer photographer Lewis Outing. We would also like to to belatedly […]

11 Oct

Autumn-tastic Fayre!

We had a fantastic Autumn Fayre last Saturday. The weather was kind so more than 300 people came to enjoy the variety of activities on offer. Among the highlights was our little woodland trail where all ages joined in planting wildflowers and making beautiful willow crowns or birch broomsticks. Talented musicians – Helen Bell & Richard Lane, Paul Young […]

10 Sep

York Open Eco Homes

We couldn’t have wished for a nicer day for last Saturday’s Open Eco Homes event (see the link for more details about the homes). Twenty cyclists and scores of other visitors used the opportunity to see a Passivhaus (designed and insulated so well it rarely needs heating in winter), a house built to Passivhaus standard […]