Root to suc­cess for char­ity as it plants 100,000th tree

Pro­ject hits mile­stone after just seven years

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS - By Joel Lamy Twit­ter: @PTJoelLamy 01733 588728

A Peter­bor­ough char­ity has branched out suc­cess­fully after plant­ing its 100,000th tree in the city.

Peter­bor­ough En­vi­ron­ment City Trust (PECT) hit the mile­stone for its Forest for Peter­bor­ough pro­ject on Saturday and marked it with a cer­e­mony at Cen­tral Park, where the land­mark tree was planted near to the sunken gar­den.

PECT’s CEO Carly Leonard said: “We are so grateful for the sup­port of all the vol­un­teers, in­di­vid­u­als and or­gan­i­sa­tions who have ded­i­cated time and en­thu­si­asm to­wards mak­ing this pro­ject pos­si­ble.

“To­gether we are work­ing to trans­form the city’s land­scape and form­ing a vi­tal net­work of wildlife cor­ri­dors and green spa­ces.

“To plant the 100,000th tree in the city is a truly fan­tas­tic achieve­ment, and one we’re in­cred­i­bly proud to be lead­ing on.”

The pro­ject be­gan in 2010 with the aim of plant­ing over 180,000 trees in and around the city by 2030 – one tree for ev­ery per­son liv­ing in the city.

Deputy Mayor of Peter­bor­ough Cllr Chris Ash helped out with the tree plant­ing.

He was joined by, among oth­ers, Aabis Za­far (wear­ing the cap) of the Ah­madiyya Mus­limCom­mu­ni­tyPeter­bor­ough which has been as­sist­ing with the pro­ject since 2013.

The tree plant­ing cer­e­mony at Cen­tral Park

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