The return of Autumn Fayre

A look back on the highlights of the Autumn fayre 2022 as part of York Environment Week: celebration of working together, having the power to make a difference for the planet and enjoying natures harvest.  

After a two-year hiatus, we were pleased to see the return of our much-loved Autumn Fayre. The weather held out as we once again welcomed over 500 people to St Nick’s Environment centre and nature reserve. We had some fantastic music from contemporary folk act, Esk, featuring Helen Bell & Richard Lane, local rock duo The Ice-cream Sundaves and a closing set from Ceilidh legends Rastrum. All performed using a renewably powered amplification system!

 In the meadow, we had an array of free activities taking place. Our Green Mentor, Freya made sure everyone looked the part with a willow crown making workshop. Our Natural Habitats team were showcasing the Green Corridors Project, whilst planting a mix of meadow plants that will be sure to provide a vital food source for wildlife throughout the year.   

With the focus of the event encouraging sustainability and environmental awareness, Lisa-Marie from Creative Avenue ran a “have a go” mosaic workshop. Utilising broken china, tile and found objects, turning them into beautiful mosaic artwork, which will be showcased at St Nicks centre.

Meanwhile in the woods, bushcraft leader Wolf from Forest Quest proved extremely popular, with adults and children alike learning the basics of shelter building, fire lighting and crucially, how to toast the perfect marshmallow!