The independent charity Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) is gearing up to begin another tree planting season with its Forest for Peterborough project. 6,000 trees are due to be planted throughout the city and surrounding areas between October 2016 and March 2017.
Volunteers can drop-in to tree planting events at Sacrewell Farm (PE8 6HJ) on the 5th, 19th, and 26th November, and 3rd and 10th December. The planting sessions will take place between 10.30am-4.30pm (last arrivals at 3.30pm). Volunteers for the tree planting will gain free entry to the planting event.
“Since the project launched in 2010, Forest for Peterborough has planted an amazing 93,609 trees across the city,” explains Project Officer Simon Belham. “We are so grateful for the support of our volunteers each year and the hard work they put in to improve the local environment for the benefit of residents and wildlife.”
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.
Companies and communities can get involved with the planting days: “It was lovely to meet the team leading the tree planting; they were very friendly and helpful,” explains Kelly Towers from The National Flooring Company. “I would recommend other companies to take part, because it not only supports your local community and their environmental efforts, it provides an opportunity to team-build with colleagues and inform others.”
Forest for Peterborough is grateful for the support of Peterborough City Council. Please register your attendance with our project officer at [email protected] or call 07715 372432. Calling is advised on the day, because events may be cancelled due to poor weather conditions or finish early due to all trees being planted. Please wear appropriate clothing for outdoor work and sturdy footwear. All equipment will be supplied and no prior skills are required. All ages welcome.
PECT delivers projects which make a real difference to local communities. Support PECT’s work by donating, simply text PECT20 and the amount you want to donate to 70070 (texts are free and 100% of your donation goes directly to PECT.) For more information, visit www.pect.org.uk or call 01733 568408. Plus find PECT on Twitter @SustainableCity.