Enjoy and explore Peterborough...
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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