Forest for Peterborough

Natural Environment

A tree for every person living in the city

The city we live in – its environment, local communities and wildlife – would all benefit from increased tree coverage, so we’re aiming to plant one tree for every person in Peterborough.

How will you help our efforts?


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What are we doing?

We launched Forest for Peterborough in 2010, and aim to plant over 230,000 trees in and around the city by 2030. We want to change the city’s landscape, so that a network of wildlife corridors and green spaces threads its way through our built-up areas.

Good things come to those who wait! Trees mean so much, not only for the quality of life of residents today, but for future generations of Peterborough citizens. In 20 years’ time the trees we plant today will be big enough for you and your family to walk under and enjoy.

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Why are we doing it?

We’re planting trees for a multitude of reasons. Trees:

  • Improve the look of our green spaces
  • Absorb CO2 (carbon dioxide) from the air and help to combat climate change
  • Will make the city less vulnerable to flooding and other extreme weather
  • Provide shade and shelter
  • Improve the quality of air we breathe
  • Encourage wildlife
  • Improve your health and well-being

What can you do?

Whether you’re a resident, local business, community group or school, we’d love for you to join our volunteer planting days! We need hands-on help all year round – with volunteer tree planting days running October to March, and maintenance days April to September. As a community, you can come together to transform rundown spaces. Plus, if you have land for planting on, get in touch!

These fun social events are a great way to meet new, like-minded people. Helping to create more green spaces in Peterborough will enable you and your family to enjoy the outdoors and feel a real sense of achievement as you see the benefit of your hard work. To see our full list of planting days, visit

To get involved, speak to Tony Cook on 01733 568408 or email [email protected].

We love a tweet, not just from the birds in the trees, so remember to use the hash tag #ForestforPeterborough

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It is gratifying to know that our hard work will help to develop the local community in many years to come. The team that instructed and led us were very friendly and motivating.

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