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Community Action2019-01-04T12:13:41+00:00

COMMUNITY ACTION

Here at Nicholsons we focus on giving back to the community

Welcome to our Community Journal

Alongside the daily running of our business, we, together with our partners and friends, believe that everyone can make a positive difference to the lives of others. From supporting the education of students in Africa through to building a forest school in a local primary school,  Community Action is where we, and our friends, seek to document our work communities both near and far, and raise awareness about important social and environmental issues close to heart.

Forest School Update

The open air culture, or ‘frulitsliv’, of the Scandinavian education system sees the traditional British classroom environment turned on its head. Whilst ‘outdoor learning’ is beginning to get more recognition as a valuable tool to extend children’s education in the UK, our Scandinavian counterparts put us to shame when it comes to utilising the natural classrooms all around us. The British understanding of ‘Forest Schools’, as they have come to be known, began in Read more »

By |September 30th, 2019|Categories: Community Action|Comments Off on Forest School Update

Spinney House

Nestled in the grounds of Barton Court Estate near Hungerford is Spinney House, part of the Hillcrest Children’s Services, which provides a therapeutic home for 5 children aged 7-9 years old. The children live there 52 weeks a year and all have social, emotional and mental health difficulties. There are also two alternating staff teams, who live with the children in the home -so it really is ‘their home'. One member of the team used to work at Read more »

By |September 19th, 2019|Categories: Community Action|Comments Off on Spinney House

St Francis Forest School

Nicholsons and The Berkeley Reafforestation Trust have been working together to build and install safe and interactive environments to enable local schools to practise Forest School based learning. Originating from Scandinavia, Forest School is growing in popularity up and down the UK. Away from the confines of a rigid classroom setting and conventional ‘outdoor classes’, this new approach encourages children to explore the natural world in their own way, at their own Read more »

By |September 5th, 2019|Categories: Community Action|Comments Off on St Francis Forest School

Trees in the Wild

By Ro In a world of increasing complexity, it is apparent that issues such as deforestation can have a lasting impact on the environment. In Kenya, this is a very serious issue: in 1963, Kenya had a forest cover of approximately 10% (aligning with the global average) but by 2012, this had dropped to 6%. It has been estimated that Kenya is losing 12,000 hectares of forest annually, despite the Kenyan government’s efforts to alleviate the Read more »

By |August 12th, 2019|Categories: Community Action|Comments Off on Trees in the Wild

Nicholsons Trip to the Maasai Mara

By Niel Nicholson As a company, Nicholsons are very keen to support charity and have 3 main focuses. Local educational support of deprived schools to help build forest schools. Supporting staff with individual charitable projects. And lastly to be involved with tree planting in Africa to combat deforestation and help climate change. 18 months ago I went out to visit a private project I was involved with in Kenya, where we were trying to support the Read more »

By |February 19th, 2019|Categories: Community Action|Comments Off on Nicholsons Trip to the Maasai Mara

Deddington Primary School Vegetable Garden

We recently received a letter from our neighbours at Deddington Primary School, asking for a bit of help with their vegetable garden, which had become tired over the years. The garden had become uninspiring and was falling to bits, meaning the children could no longer safely work in the area. At Nicholsons, we are very passionate about getting children involved in gardening and the outdoors from a young age, so we offered our voluntary services Read more »

By |February 12th, 2019|Categories: Community Action|Comments Off on Deddington Primary School Vegetable Garden

Nicholsons build a nursery in Africa

In recent years Nicholsons have concentrated their charitable efforts towards the Rafiki Thabo foundation which supports students through tertiary education. However, we felt that we could additionally use our own knowledge and expertise within the ecological business to benefit others on a more personal level. After much in-depth research into existing charities and foundations, we could not find the perfect solution. However, we did meet a business partner with similar charitable aims and objectives, and Read more »

By |February 16th, 2018|Categories: Community Action|Comments Off on Nicholsons build a nursery in Africa

How to Enjoy Your Garden Safely

Gardening is an immensely satisfying activity. Nothing beats watching your plants grow and flourish. Not only that, but gardening can be good exercise too. In order to reach the maximum amount of benefits from gardening, here's a few safety tips to ensure you get the most from the activity. Protection is Key When you're working outdoors, it is important to keep yourself covered from the sun. Try and wear long sleeves if possible, alternatively cover up with Read more »

By |July 11th, 2017|Categories: Community Action|Comments Off on How to Enjoy Your Garden Safely

Inspiring Children to Understand and Appreciate Wildlife Conservation

There is so much beauty in the nature surrounding us in Oxfordshire, that of course as a parent you want your children to experience it all. Studies even show that connecting kids to nature early on is beneficial for them as well! When it comes to children and the great outdoors, it’s never too early to get them familiar with the wonders that await them. Here in Oxfordshire that includes rivers, deer parks, and lush green meadows. By Read more »

By |June 1st, 2017|Categories: Community Action|Comments Off on Inspiring Children to Understand and Appreciate Wildlife Conservation
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