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Experience St Nicks
Saturday 9 July 2022
St Nicks Environment Centre, Rawdon Avenue, York
Have you heard of St Nicks? Do you know what we do here in the ‘Green Heart of York?’ Could we be one of York’s best kept secrets?
To make more people across York aware of the great things we do and what our space has to offer, we are re-opening our Environment Centre and welcoming everyone to come and explore our vibrant space!
Although our 24-acre urban nature reserve has ALWAYS been open and our outdoor activities have continued throughout the pandemic, we want to give EVERYONE the opportunity to discover the amazing services, opportunities, community, space and activities we offer.
We are a registered charity and the vast majority of what we do is funded by donations and grants, with some partial funding from City of York council. This is why, for some activities, we are asking for a nominal amount towards funding the valued activities we provide to the local community. Why not come along and try a couple of our fun taster sessions and learn more about what we do?
Eventbrite booking link for taster sessions:

A few facts about St Nicks to whet your appetite:

DID YOU KNOW? – We recycle items for residential and commercial properties across York using our fully electric vehicles and trikes. Last year we recycled over 426 tonnes of waste from residents and all our collected items are recycled within the UK.
DID YOU KNOW? – Our site is incredibly biodiverse with over 1,800 recorded species. The jewel-like Tansy beetle, almost entirely exclusive to the York habitat, is just one rare species that we help to house and protect.
DID YOU KNOW? - Ecotherapy promotes good mental and physical wellbeing through outdoor activity in a natural environment. Whether via self-referral or social prescribing we offer multiple programmes of activities which can including one to one mentoring.
DID YOU KNOW? – As well as managing our nature reserve, we also manage other “green corridor” sites across York which connect the pockets of green space in and around York. We also maintain the beck in Hull Road Park.
DID YOU KNOW? – Our Thriving at Work support scheme offers both one-to-one mentoring for employees who experience mental health challenges in the workplace and provides bespoke packages of advice and support for small to medium employers who want to create a thriving workplace.
DID YOU KNOW? – Our education programme supports regular school visits, and our holiday programme offers bookable classes. You can also attend as a family via our family Nature Adventurer sessions.
DID YOU KNOW? – We work hard to promote sustainable ways of living as well as free energy support and guidance for York residents on a low income, over 50+ or experiencing a long term physical or mental health condition.

If you want to see a little taste of what our reserve looked like in 2009, take a look at this video from The One Show:
Over a decade on, we now have an even greater range of species and habitats for you to explore.
Come along to one of our sessions on 9th July! Our postcode is YO10 3FW (although some satnavs still struggle with this a little). Vehicular access is only via Rawdon Avenue/Harington Avenue and parking is very limited. Better to walk or cycle through the reserve, we have various access points via Bull Lane, Hazel Court, Foss Island and via a major intersection with cycle route 658.

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