Excitement is building for the Green Festival, just a few days away now. I am particularly excited as it will be my first Green Festival – a community event that PECT has been running annually in the city for over 20 years.
This year the theme of the festival is sustainable transport. It’s a theme close to my heart because I travel in by train every day and thoroughly enjoy my commute to work. On just one journey a few weeks ago I spotted 15 species of bird on the route from Ely to Peterborough, including a barn owl and a hooper swan.
On other days it’s a chance to read the news, check emails or chat to friends and colleagues. Every day it involves a brisk walk to the station and a less brisk walk home which gives me some fresh air and exercise, helping me to wake up and to wind down. The contrast from the stress of driving in is astounding and, with the exception of the benefit of being able to sing loudly in the car, travelling by train wins every time!
For me, the Green Festival is an excellent example of what PECT is all about and part of what I love so much about our independent and innovative charity. Working with partners in and around the city to co-ordinate an event that is informative, thought-provoking and enjoyable, with something for everybody. All themed around creating a cleaner, greener and healthier Peterborough in a way that is engaging and inspiring.
The launch day is packed full of everything from music and art to a children’s play bus and a photo booth. There will be activities on sustainable transport, woodland crafts and creating spaces for wildlife as well as plenty of opportunities to chill out and try some seasonal food and drink or even a spot of meditation on the Life Boat!
The range of fringe events is really impressive too. I’m delighted that the events include a talk at the Cathedral on ‘The Biological Evidence for Climate Change’ from Professor Sir Ghillean Prance. There are also lots of chances for walking and wildlife spotting and two film options over the course of the week as well.
We’re really grateful for the support this year from Travelchoice, the Arts Council, Peterborough City Council, IKEA, Stagecoach and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
So, I look forward to seeing lots of familiar and new faces in the city on Saturday for an action-packed day…. and if it all gets too much, you might find me in the beer tent!
Carly Leonard is PECT's Chief Executive Officer, and she has written on the subject of the Peterborough Green Festival. The Festival Launch Day is on Saturday 23 May in Cathedral Square and fringe events run until Sunday 31 May.