Tree-mendous sup­port for for­est

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Et Business Daily - By JOHN KRALEVICH john.kralevich@pe­ter­bor­oughto­

LO­CAL or­gan­i­sa­tions have shown their sup­port for Peter­bor­ough Environment City Trust’s (PECT) vi­sion to cre­ate a new For­est for Peter­bor­ough.

Dob­bies­gar­den­world­peter­bor­ough, in Hamp­ton, has do­nated tools and equip­ment to PECT as part of the green char­ity’s mis­sion to plant a tree for ev­ery per­son in the city.

Com­mu­nity cham­pion for Dob­bies Mandy Wright said: “Mak­ing sure vol­un­teers have the right tools to plant as many trees as pos­si­ble is re­ally im­por­tant, and we’re happy to do our bit to help cre­ate this last­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal legacy for the city”.

The do­na­tion was made as part of Dob­bies’ Here We Grow com­mu­nity cam­paign, which of­fers free equip­ment, sup­port and ex­per­tise to the lo­cal com­mu­nity to help them trans­form out­door spa­ces.

The do­nated equip­ment is al­ready be­ing put to good use. In Novem­ber, Cross Keys Homes, along with Cam­bridgeshire and Peter­bor­ough Pro­ba­tion Trust, planted 200 trees in Fen­gate, Gun­thorpe, Westwood and Raven­sthorpe.

The new trees, as well as shrubs, have been sited around homes owned by Cross Keys Homes for the ben­e­fit of its tenants and the wider com­mu­nity. A fur­ther 200 trees will be planted by the hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tion as part of a com­mu­nity event in Fe­bru­ary 2012.

Com­mu­nity Pay­back man­ager from Cam­bridgeshire and Peter­bor­ough Pro­ba­tion Trust Michael Howes said: “Com­mu­nity Pay­back is all about giv­ing some­thing back to the lo­cal com­mu­nity and help­ing of­fend­ers to pay for the wrong they have done. It’s a great way of show­ing the pub­lic that this re­ally does work. The tree plant­ing was a good ex­am­ple of how Com­mu­nity Pay­back works in prac­tice – giv­ing of­fend­ers new skills and re­sult­ing in en­vi­ron­men­tal im­prove­ment for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions to en­joy.”

The for­est aims to plant 170,000 trees over 20 years and in­crease the range of habi­tats, such as grass­land and hedgerow, to cre­ate green cor­ri­dors to al­low wildlife to flour­ish.

To sup­port the project, visit www.­est

WAD­ING IN: Max­ine Palmer, com­mu­ni­ties team leader at PECT, left, and vol­un­teers at the first River­care clean up un­der­taken in Novem­ber.

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