Forest for Peterborough plants 84,759 trees in 5 years

Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) is celebrating another successful planting season with the Forest for Peterborough project. The season ran from October 2014 to the end of February 2015, during which time a fantastic 6,000 trees were planted across the city and its surrounding areas.

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. The last planting season added to an amazing 84,759 trees planted in total so far. In an area where tree coverage is below the national average, the project aims to create a network of wooded areas to improve our green spaces.

The Prince’s Trust volunteered their time to one of the last planting days of the season in February 2015. "We were very happy to be able to volunteer alongside PECT and help to deliver their vital work of planting more trees and hedgerows for the Forest of Peterborough,” explains Trevor McSparron, from the Prince’s Trust. “The young people had a fantastic time volunteering and learnt about sustainability and conservation. Living within the local community, they shall forever see the fruits of their labour as the hedge grows."

“It’s been a great planting season,” explains Forest for Peterborough Project Officer Simon Belham. “The next planting season will begin later in 2015, but until then there’s still lots to do! I will be organising new sites for planting and working with members of SENSE to maintain our Willow Maze at the East of England Showground.”

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