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City residents encouraged to join tree planting

Nature Volunteering
The independent charity Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) is ready to launch the next tree planting season for its Forest for Peterborough project. The first event ‘Planting Trees for Wildlife’ will be held on Saturday 3rd October, and city residents are being called upon to join in the efforts to create a greener, cleaner local environment.

Forest for Peterborough is aiming to plant over 180,000 trees in and around the city and surrounding countryside by 2030. The target is to plant one tree for every person in the city in order to improve tree coverage, improve our green spaces, and the quality of air we breathe.

Volunteers can drop-in to the tree planting event from 10am-4pm, at Grange Farm in Wittering (PE8 6NR). The family-friendly event will enable participants to discover how trees can improve biodiversity. “Attend the day to celebrate the wildlife that inhabits our local woods,” explains Project Officer Simon Belham. “For example, did you know that one Oak supports 284 species of insects?”

A follow-up planting day will then take place on Thursday 8th October, at the same location. Please note these events are subject to change according to weather conditions. To check arrangements and to register your attendance please contact Simon Belham on 07724 931081 or via email (Monday to Wednesday) at [email protected].

Forest for Peterborough is grateful for the support of the Mick George Community Fund. For more information about the project and how you can get involved, please visit the website at