Tree huggers unite! This month, PECT is planting 500 trees to celebrate the upcoming National Tree Week that runs from 27 November to 5 December. Through the Forest For Peterborough project, we’ve already planted over 100,000 trees across Peterborough. With the support of our enthusiastic volunteer team, we aim to plant one tree for every citizen living in Peterborough by 2030.
There are many reasons to love trees. They help to protect us from flooding, climate change, and air pollution. They improve biodiversity and create homes for wildlife. They also contribute to our health and wellbeing.
If we want to receive these benefits and create thriving green spaces, we need to plant new trees and reforest more land. Unfortunately, the UK has a long history of deforestation. Despite tree planting efforts throughout the 20th Century, we still have 25% less tree cover than the European average.
This year, the government has unveiled plans to treble the number of trees planted across England each year. By planting extra trees, they hope to protect and expand our woodlands, contribute to a green economy, and connect people with woodlands. It’s also an important part of their net zero strategy. With the help of landowners, charities, and local councils, the government hopes to plant an additional 30,000 ha every year until 2025.
During tree week, we want to make Peterborough a greener city, and support national efforts to reforest the UK. It’s important that local communities and charities come together to support tree planting efforts. Planting trees is a great way to encourage wildlife and create beautiful green spaces for future generations to enjoy. If you want to help make Peterborough a greener place, why not sign up for our Forest for Peterborough tree planting events during National Tree Week?
We are running several tree planting events this month and early next. To sign up and find out more, please contact [email protected]
All events are listed on our events page, on our social channels and on Eventbrite and are free, but there are limited spaces so secure your spot today.