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Season's Greetings from PECT

Category: General

Date: 23.12.2016

Time: 12:49

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone at PECT!

This year sees the start of us working to our new strategy with a refreshed vision and mission for PECT. Our vision is for sustainable places and our mission takes us right back to why PECT was created – to protect and enhance the environment in Peterborough and beyond.

We think it is very important that what we do as a local charity is informed by people in Peterborough. So, we are speaking to people to find out exactly what they think is great about where they live, what they’d like to see changed and what they think PECT should be doing about it. This will directly inform our plans and our work, so look out for us asking for your views and seeing that turn into action!

Thank you to everyone that has supported PECT over the past year and, importantly, helped in the crucial work to protect and enhance the environment. We face many environmental challenges but by working together we can make real change happen.



If you go down to the woods today…

Category: Public/Communities

Date: 21.12.2016

Time: 10:31

At this time of year it can be incredibly tempting to crawl under the duvet and hibernate until spring. The long dark nights and freezing temperatures aren’t particularly conducive to getting active and getting outdoors!

However, there’s a group of volunteers who are really bringing to life the best, most enjoyable aspects of this season! Nestled deep in the local forests, they work together to revive heritage skills and traditional woodland management techniques – and in the process are conserving and protecting ancient sites for future generations to enjoy.

Formerly a PECT-run project called Woodland Heritage in Action, and now launched as a volunteer-run group called Nene Coppicing and Crafts, this social enterprise is thriving and is a great initiative to be part of.

Meeting regularly for event days and volunteer sessions, the group helps to manage the woodlands (with techniques such as coppicing), teaches traditional crafts such as willow weaving and wood carving, in addition to running walks and talks on wildlife and nature.

The group is aiming to become fully self-sufficient in future years through raising funds from enterprises such as producing charcoal and sustainably sourced firewood, and through selling locally-produced craft items.

In addition to the group’s fantastic impact on the local environment and wildlife, the sessions offer a therapeutic and relaxing environment combined with a social support network of friendly volunteers that is hard to beat!

If you’re intrigued, and want to get involved further, please do head to the website at www.nenecoppicingandcrafts.co.uk or find the group on Facebook (@NeneCoppicingandCrafts) and Twitter (@NeneCoppicing).

Laura Fanthorpe is Marketing and Communications Manager at PECT.



A New Year’s Resolution for Peterborough

Category: Public/Communities

Date: 16.12.2016

Time: 14:58

With only a countdown away until Christmas Day, everyone is now frantically stocking up on all their favourite festive treats ready to see the season through. It’s nearly that time of year where you can’t help but indulge in that last box of chocolates lying around the house, a time to eat turkey until you can no longer bear it, and a time to laugh, drink and be merry.

Nevertheless, as the New Year approaches, and the common thread of conversation seems to be about overindulgence, many will look ahead to set their New Year’s resolution.

The aim of a resolution is to address something in your life that you feel the need to change. According to research carried out by Linkfluence, the top UK resolutions for 2016 were to do more regular exercise, to eat healthier, drink less and learn something new.

Many people make a resolution for themselves, a resolution that they struggle to keep. But for 2017, why not do something different? Why not make your New Year’s Resolution about your community? The charity Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT), is giving you the opportunity to do something good in your local area through its Forest For Peterborough project.

Help to plant one tree for every person living in Peterborough by becoming a volunteer for the project. Through giving up just a couple of hours of your time to help out, you can make this vision possible for Peterborough. Think of the benefits that you will gain from volunteering; this could be your chance to learn something new and do something active, all whilst helping out a fantastic local cause.

By giving your time, you are investing in the future of our city by making it a more sustainable place to live and work for years to come.

So why not make your 2017 a year to get active, get outdoors and help out your local charity by setting yourself the challenge of volunteering with PECT’s Forest For Peterborough project?

To see the 2017 planting dates please click here. If you are interested in volunteering with Forest For Peterborough, get in touch with Project Officer Simon Belham on simon.belham@pect.org.uk or call 07715 372432. Plus keep updated with the latest news and events on our Facebook page Forest for Peterborough.

Michaela Antony is the Digital Marketing Apprentice at PECT.