Forest for Peterborough

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    We’re creating a Forest for Peterborough…

    Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) is working with a range of different partners to create a Forest for Peterborough. Forest for Peterborough is a growing forest for a growing city. The Forest project aims to plant a tree for every person in Peterborough, a total of 183, 600 (Census, 2011) over 20 years. A tree planted for every resident in the city will create new areas of woodland and reconnect existing woodland across the Greater Peterborough area to enable both people and wildlife to flourish.

    Adopt a Tree!

    For just £15 you can provide a tree for the Forest for Peterborough! We will give you the opportunity to plant your tree and we will also send you a personalised certificate.

    You can donate a tree (or a few trees!) through our Big Give site – click here.

    Join us to plant trees!

    Between January and March 2011 we planted the very first trees in our forest for Peterborough at Thorpe Meadows. Over four days 120 volunteers helped to plant 5,000 trees.

    To attend any planting events we invite as many people as possible to come and help. All people need to bring is wellies and a spade (if you have one, if not we have one to borrow).


    What’s it all about?

    The Forest for Peterborough project won’t create a single woodland in one set place, but will increase tree coverage in different areas all over the city. It provides a welcome boost to Peterborough’s Environment Capital aspirations and will increase biodiversity in the city.

    Joseph Durant, Forest for Peterborough project officer for PECT explains, “We have a long-term vision for this project spanning 15 years and beyond. This project will certainly increase the number of trees planted in Peterborough. But it’s also about more than just trees – we want to increase the range of habitats in the city such as grassland and hedgerow as well as woodland. We want to create green corridors throughout Peterborough to allow our wildlife to flourish.”


    Who is supporting the project?

    The project has received support from many local and national organisations including: Peterborough’s Natural Networks Partnership (a group which represents many of the leading nature conservation organisations operating locally), Peterborough City Council, the Woodland Trust, the Forestry Commission, Natural England, RSPB, Nene Park Trust, and the Wildlife Trust. We were lucky enough to have broadcaster (and tree lover) Clive Anderson launching the project.

    We are grateful to full service utility consultancy Utility Aid for their support of the project.


    How can you get involved?

    • Volunteer to help us to plant trees

    I want to know more…

    If you would like to find out more, please read the Forest for Peterborough business plan which can be found on This document outlines the vision and provides a framework for partnership arrangements, planting policy and future management of the project.

    If you would like to discuss the Forest for Peterborough project, please contact Maxine Palmer on 01733 866443 or email


    Please note:

    Active future management of the Forest for Peterborough may include coppicing and thinning to create a diverse woodland. In any plantation, some trees die naturally, please bear in mind that not all trees will grow to reach maturity.

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