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Planting a people's forest in Peterborough
Forest for Peterborough
Volunteers have begun planting Peterborough's new forest

The first trees have been planted as part of a project to create a forest for Peterborough.

Volunteers planted 1,500 saplings at Thorpe Meadow on 23 January 2010.

The ambitious programme, spearheaded by Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT), aims to plant one new tree for each member of the city's population.

Rather than being in one place, the envisaged forest will consist of a number of wooded corridors connecting different areas of Peterborough.

Sophie Antonelli, the Forest for Peterborough project officer said: "It'll be a fantastic place for people to come and play, walk their dogs and it will be amazing for the local wildlife."

Environment capital

Over the next 15 years a total of 170,000 trees and shrubs, including oak, holly, hornbeam, dogwood and privet will be planted in Peterborough's open spaces, along streets and in gardens.

The project is one of many initiatives planned as part of Peterborough's bid to become the environment capital of the United Kingdom.

It has already been named as one of the United Kingdom's four environment cities, and in January 2010 was the first place in the country to gain a Zero Waste accreditation awarded by Defra, as part of a government scheme to improve waste management strategies.

Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) is an independent charity which aims to create a more sustainable city.




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