SHADES OF GREEN

By Nyree Am­barchian of Peter­bor­ough En­vi­ron­ment City Trust

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Green Issues -

Let­ting off some steam at Railworld

On Mon­day, I was in­vited, along with some of my col­leagues from PECT, to at­tend an open evening at Railworld. The event aimed to pro­mote aware­ness of this fun and in­for­ma­tive vis­i­tor at­trac­tion which lies in the heart of Peter­bor­ough.

Railworld has been built by vol­un­teers over the last 18 years and fea­tures a range of fam­ily friendly ac­tiv­i­ties and ex­hibits. There is the rail mu­seum, a global rail ex­hibit, an indoor model rail­way, a gar­den rail­way, an in­ter­ac­tive en­vi­ron­men­tal ed­u­ca­tion cen­tre fea­tur­ing a huge spin­ning globe, and a beau­ti­ful wildlife gar­den.

As part of the open evening, my col­league Rob­bie had a go on the en­ergy bike in the ed­u­ca­tion cen­tre, which showed how much pedal power it takes to gen­er­ate elec­tric­ity. He man­aged to gen­er­ate 400 watts (not bad con­sid­er­ing it was the end of the day!)

The Railworld team is com­mit­ted to the theme of sus­tain­able trans­port and in­form­ing vis­i­tors of how much progress has been made on this front since the days of steam. You can find out how to make your travel more sus­tain­able and how peo­ple around the world are do­ing their bit.

My favourite part of the site is the wildlife gar­den, which has been en­tirely cre­ated by vol­un­teers. There is plenty to ex­plore, rich bio­di­ver­sity, and in­ter­est­ing wa­ter fea­tures.

Stephen Gold­spink, East ward councillor, has been sup­port­ing the Railworld site for some time. He be­lieves Railworld will de­velop from strength to strength.

He said: “Railworld is unique in the UK, and if they are suc­cess­ful in their aims and ob­jec­tives, Peter­bor­ough will get (at no cost to the lo­cal tax­payer) an en­vi­ron­men­tal ex­hi­bi­tion and re­search cen­tre that will be tourist at­trac­tion, ed­u­ca­tion cen­tre, re­search fa­cil­ity and ex­hi­bi­tion.

“Their suc­cess will con­trib­ute to Peter­bor­ough’s suc­cess. Even now, they have a fa­cil­ity worth vis­it­ing – a hid­den gem – so why not go and look?”

It costs just £3 per adult to visit Railworld with a se­nior cit­i­zen / con­ces­sion price of £2. Un­der 16s go free. The site is closed on Mon­days and Fri­days (un­less it’s a bank hol­i­day or school hol­i­days). Other days the site is open from 11am to 4pm.

Railworld can be reached by bike or foot by cross­ing the river near Asda in the River­gate Cen­tre in town. Once over the foot­bridge turn right and fol­low the foot­path along­side the river­bank to Railworld, un­der­neath the Rail­way Bridges. Full di­rec­tions can be found at www.railworld.net/fin­dus.php As well as vis­it­ing Railworld there are also op­por­tu­ni­ties to vol­un­teer. You can find out more by vis­it­ing their web­site: http://www. railworld.net or call­ing John Turner on 01733 895587.

You can also fol­low them on Twit­ter (@Railworld) and like the Railworld group on Face­book.

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