En­joy and ex­plore Peter­bor­ough...

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Green Issues - By Nyree Am­barchian of Peter­bor­ough En­vi­ron­ment City Trust

PETER­BOR­OUGH En­vi­ron­ment City Trust is work­ing on new projects at the moment to help peo­ple en­joy and ex­plore our city. The first is an iphone ap­pli­ca­tion which uses the lat­est technology to help peo­ple get to know our fair city in a new way. Yet to be named, the app can be down­loaded for free and will of­fer a range of walks suit­able for fam­i­lies, for those look­ing to get fit, and those sim­ply wish­ing to en­joy na­ture.

There will be around four walks to be­gin with when the app launches later this year. Each will use GPS data (satel­lite stuff from what I can gather) to guide peo­ple around a set route. You will be able to se­lect routes depend­ing on how stren­u­ous you want it to be, and things like whether it’s dog friendly. When you reach points of in­ter­est along the route you will re­ceive a no­ti­fi­ca­tion which tells you a bit about your lo­ca­tion. You can turn these no­ti­fi­ca­tions off if you’ve done the walk many times and al­ready know all there is to know about the var­i­ous points of in­ter­est.

The hope is that the app will help the city’s technology savvy pop­u­la­tion en­joy all the green spa­ces on of­fer.

We’re look­ing for a name for the app – if you have any sug­ges­tions please let me know! We are limited to about 20 letters so noth­ing too long, and it needs to be some­thing which is easy to search for – a name that says what it does on the tin will work best. Email me: nyree@pect.org.uk

The sec­ond new project which is cur­rently be­ing de­vel­oped is one that we’ve just re­ceived fund­ing for from the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund. It will help en­sure Peter­bor­ough has the skills and ex­pe­ri­ence needed to look af­ter our her­itage and nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment in the fu­ture.

We’ve re­ceived a grant of £182,100 for the city which means we can equip a new gen­er­a­tion of peo­ple with the prac­ti­cal skills and ex­pe­ri­ence to con­serve and de­velop our his­toric build­ings, sites, and mon­u­ments as well as our wildlife and na­ture. In to­tal there will be ten trainees over two years. Each trainee will re­ceive a tax free bur­sary and will be placed within a host or­gan­i­sa­tion in­clud­ing Peter­bor­ough Mu­seum, Nene Park Trust, and Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil.

An im­por­tant part of the trainees work pro­gramme will in­volve learn­ing how to cap­ture the imag­i­na­tion of the pub­lic with what they are do­ing. This will in­clude trips to schools to talk to young­sters about pur­su­ing a ca­reer in the sec­tor.

PECT sub­mit­ted the bid with ex­pert help and ad­vice from both Op­por­tu­nity Peter­bor­ough and the City Coun­cil’s Cen­tral Fund­ing Unit. We hope to re­cruit for the trainees this De­cem­ber. HLF is call­ing for more projects to be sub­mit­ted from the Peter­bor­ough area for its Young Roots and Your Her­itage pro­grammes. Con­tact Peter­bor­ough’s Cen­tral

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