Nature Group

We are a group of residents who are interested in making Derwenthorpe a great place for nature to live, as well as for people.  We are doing this in practical ways, working with and supported by JRHT landscaping staff and St Nicks.  So far, we have made some improvements along the cycle path by planting wildflower plant plugs and sowing wildflower seeds, along with some lopping and pruning, using the brash to build habit piles.  Our local children have helped us build a rather splendid bug hotel in the KidZone.  We have also helped scythe the sheep field and mulch some of our beautiful trees, along with underplanting the small wooded area between the jubilee pond and Lotherington Mews with 1000 each of bluebell and wood anemone bulbs.

There are many opportunities in this lovely place we call “home” for us to develop and improve the natural informal green spaces in a sensitive way, that will ensure our natural environment is conserved, maintained and improved.  The support and interest from JRHT is vital, and we work and meet with their staff, to discuss how we can develop our ideas.

If you want to get involved, or have any ideas to share on how we can help nature flourish in Derwenthorpe, please email


Nature group sessions

Spring is here! And we’re going to be busy on Wednesday 30th and Thursday 31st March, and Friday 1st April. On Wednesday and Thursday we’ll probably be helping with mass mulching of borders, starting on Rowntree. On Friday, St Nicks will lead plug planting of wild flowers around the estate. We meet at 10.00 am […]

Snowdrops and willow

The nature group had a busy week last week! On Wednesday 23rd February we helped the JRHT gardening team plant 7000 of 10000 snowdrops in the green on crescent park and around the oak tree on the LAP on Seebohm. They’ll surely look wonderful next winter. Then on Thursday some of us helped to coppice […]

Cycle path – scrub clearance by St Nicks

Over the next few weeks, St Nicks is organising some scrub clearance along the cycle path between Derwenthorpe and James Street. This is the beginning of a project to clear areas to improve bio-diversity and make space for wild flowers. Sessions are planned for Monday 21st February and Monday 28th February, from 9.30 am until […]

Fruit tree pruning workshops

The community gardening and nature groups have organised a couple of workshops run by Edible York to learn how to prune fruit trees. They will be on Sunday 27th February and Monday 28th February, starting at 10.30 am and expected to last for about two hours. If you’re interested, please contact Wendy at saying […]


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