With the fantastic news that PECT’s Forest for Peterborough project has now planted a total of 84,759 trees in the last five years, what does this mean for our city and its inhabitants?
Peterborough is one of the least wooded areas in the UK with only 3.6% woodland cover, compared to a UK average of 12%. In an area where tree coverage is below the national average, the Forest for Peterborough project aims to create a network of wooded areas to improve our green spaces.
Trees provide a multitude of benefits. As well improving the appearance of an area, they also remove and store carbon from the atmosphere, slow heavy rain and so reduce the risk of flooding, and provide an ideal habitat for a rich mix of flora and fauna.
In addition to this, trees greatly benefit the people living around them by having a positive impact on health and well-being.
The Forest for Peterborough project was launched in 2010, and it aims to plant over 180,000 trees by 2030, which is one tree for every person living in Peterborough.
We’ve got a long way to go, and we need your support to achieve our aims, but just think how wonderful the end result will be: 180,000 trees later.