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BIG HOPES FOR TINY FOREST IN PETERBOROUGH

What’s that saying about ‘mighty oaks from tiny acorns grow…’ well a small project in Peterborough is hoping to have a mighty impact.

Peterborough is to have its first ‘Tiny Forest’ and it’s hoped it will lead to more being created locally and help encourage more around the country.

Eco-minded organisations are joining forces in Peterborough to help create the region’s very first Tiny Forest, with the aim of helping to restore biodiversity in the city and tackling climate change.

The charity PECT, Peterborough Football and Sports Development Foundation, Peterborough City Council and The Tree Council have teamed up to plant a Tiny Forest at the Nene Valley Community Centre in Peterborough (PE2 9RE) on December  6 and 7, between 10am and 3pm.

The team, alongside volunteers, will be planting a variety of wildflowers and 695 trees in a mixture of species to replicate the growing patterns of native woodland, but on a miniature scale. It will create a fast-growing and dense forest in a tiny space, which will deliver a range of benefits for wildlife and the environment, including increasing habitat and food sources.

The new Nene Valley Tiny Forest may be small, but it will be able to offer flood mitigation, improved air quality, a haven for numerous wildlife species and a space for people to connect with nature in an urban environment.

“Tiny Forests are still relatively uncommon in the UK, and this will be the very first created in the area,” explains Councillor Alan Dowson. “l hope that other wards in the city will follow our example, so that together we can create a network of green spaces to benefit wildlife across Peterborough and its surrounding areas.”

PECT’s Tony Cook added – “We are very excited to be working in partnership to plant a Tiny Forest, because we all face enormous and immediate challenges around the climate crisis that need to be tackled with innovative solutions. This offers a simple, collaborative and natural-inspired way to positively change the local environment. We hope local businesses and the government will hear about our environmental action and be enthused to support further Tiny Forests across the region.”

This project is also part of PECT’s ambitious Forest for Peterborough project, which aims to plant over 230,000 trees in and around the city by 2030. The team would like to thank Waitrose and Nene Valley Community Centre for their support, in addition to Viridor, Persimmon Homes, and Postcode Local Trust, a grant giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

To get involved with the planting event or to find out about setting up a similar scheme, please contact PECT’s Natural Environment Lead Tony Cook on 01733 568408 ext. 312 or nature@pect.org.uk.

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