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Ready to run?

Category: General

Date: 28.09.2015

Time: 19:25

So, the idea to run a race in order to raise funds for the independent charity Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) first came up in April 2015. Fast forward six months and a team of staff and volunteers have now committed to running the Anna’s Hope Fun Run at the Perkins Great Eastern Run on 11 October.

This brings me onto my personal race training. My extensive, dedicated training… which has currently consisted of a few very steady laps around the field behind my house. My current race speed is that of a slow-moving snail. My current endurance stands at around 50 paces.

But what’s keeping me going is the thought of raising funds for PECT. I am ridiculously proud to be working for a charity that’s achieving such fantastic things for Peterborough and its residents. PECT is challenging and supporting the city to become cleaner, greener and healthier.

PECT works with communities, schools and businesses to deliver ground-breaking and innovative projects of local, regional and national significance, enabling change for a sustainable future. In 2014 alone PECT worked with 1,700 businesses, planted 30,194 trees and involved 16,600 pupils in environmental education.

All of these achievements make the race well worth running! And if you can, we would be very grateful for your support. If you’re after something a little more energetic, then I’m sure the other seven runners on the PECT team will achieve far better results than my snail-like pace…

Please donate on mydonate.bt.com/events/pectfunrun. Thank you for your support.

Laura Fanthorpe is PECT's Marketing and Communications Manager.



Celebrating our local heroes

Category: Public/Communities

Date: 25.09.2015

Time: 10:27

Laura Fanthorpe talks about some of our local landmarks, individuals and groups making a real difference to the lives of people within the city.

PECT’s Communities Team Leader, Karen Lawrence, recently attended the Pride in Peterborough Awards where she was recognised in the Community Spirit category.

Anyone who knows about Karen and her work would fully understand why she was nominated! Over the years Karen has launched numerous community projects, which have revolutionised the city’s social and environmental landscape and helped to link people up so that they aren’t isolated or without support. Not only that, but her enthusiasm is unstoppable!

This got me thinking about the other people and places that make our city and surrounding areas a better place to be. The list ended up being pretty extensive, so I thought I’d pull out just a few!

I recently enjoyed a visit to the city’s community space The Green Backyard, and was incredibly impressed to discover a vibrant, positive place that is making a real difference to the lives of communities in Peterborough.

For everyone who goes to The Green Backyard, it’s not just about gardening, wonderful as it is. It is about forming social connections, learning new skills and increasing in confidence – whatever age you are. If you haven’t taken a trip to the site yet then I urge you to go!

Then there are our local food heroes – those heroes who are championing local, seasonal produce to encourage everyone to eat healthily and understand more about where our food comes from. Just to mention a few: there’s Riverford (the organic veg box scheme at Sacrewell), healthy lunches from Bohos in the Cathedral grounds, and of course we can’t forget our city market.

If you head just outside the city you will find a shop that’s a particular favourite of mine. The Collyweston Community Shop is a fantastic model of a not- for-profit organisation, which reinvests any profits into other community activities. The shop is manned entirely by a team of volunteers, and where possible all food is sourced within a tiny radius to support other local producers.

In addition to this, a group making a big difference to the city is RiverCare. Teams of volunteers have been working together to tidy up stretches of the River Nene, in order to improve the local environment for both city residents and wildlife. It’s wonderful to see people dedicate their free time to making a difference.

It’s been hard to limit this list to just a few, but it would be great to hear your nominations for the people, places and groups you feel are making a real difference to our city and surrounding areas!



My last day at PECT

Category: Business

Date: 03.09.2015

Time: 15:31

Serena Ward, who volunteered with the business team at Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) over the summer, talks about her last day with the organisation.

So today is my final day here in the PECT office as a member of the Investors in the Environment team. I have thoroughly enjoyed my two months here and will be sad to leave! I softened the blow to my colleagues by bringing a rather large chocolate cake into the office.

The longer I’ve been here the more my role and responsibilities have grown. Having started out initially competing admin tasks and data entry I’ve since been calculating carbon footprints, getting in touch with the members and actively sourcing out potential new members for the business! I’ve been very lucky to have been trusted with such responsibilities and been able carry out little projects that have caught my eye.  

The PECT office has been a fabulous place to work and I hope that once I graduate all offices are as nice as here! From Wednesday's lunchtime yoga to the staff bake off challenge, the PECT office is always a hubbub of activity. It’s just a shame I won’t be able to take part in the final of the bake off due to being back at university and unfortunately couldn't actively courier a cake halfway across the country...

Having spent the summer entertaining my colleagues with interesting facts and stories from my university lectures they suggested I host a lunch and learn for the PECT office. I gave a 30 minute presentation covering various points from my degree  - how can we prove climate change is happening? How can we sustainably manage ocean ecosystems? What does it really take to produce an ozone hole? The presentation was concluded with a good discussion on the state of the global environment and whether or not the planet really is doomed!

I’m now heading into my final year at York and it is now my opportunity to start writing my very own dissertation. Continuing on from my time with Investors in the Environment I’m planning to carry out some research into renewable energy opportunities for small and medium sized enterprises. Fingers crossed by May next year I’ll have 8,000 words written! 

However before I head back to the hustle and bustle of university I’ve got the small task of cycling from Lands End to John O’Groats – here’s hoping there aren’t too many big hills…