Project information

Forest For Peterborough

We will create a forest for Peterborough by planting over 183,000 trees in 20 years

20 years

Charity information

Peterborough Environment City Trust

Peterborough Environment City Trust logo
  • Need


    In an area where tree coverage is below the national average, we want to create a network of wooded areas, improving our green spaces, the quality of the air we breathe, and also making sure that Peterborough is less vulnerable to the effects of flooding and other extreme weather.


    We are running a campaign that raises awareness about the positive impact trees have on our health and wellbeing as well as the environment. We are also attracting support for the project - businesses, schools, community groups, land owners, everyone in the community can get involved with this project. This year we want to plant 10,000 uk native trees. This will go towards our target of 183,600 trees in 20 years.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    We will plant over 180,000 trees in and around Peterborough by 2030.


    » We hold tree warden days in the Spring and Summer, and planting days in the Autumn and Winter. Everyone in the community is welcome to these events

    On our website we have a counter to keep everyone up to date with how many trees we’ve planted. We also send out regular updates, share pictures and stories through our newsletter

  • Impact


    The project will increase the tree coverage in and around Peterborough. The real benefit of the forest is you can come and see for yourself how things are going with the trees you helped to plant. By the year 2021 over 25,000 new homes will have been built in Peterborough, meaning more built up areas, more people and a hotter city. The trees we plant will play a vital part in cooling the city, making the city less vulnerable to flooding and other extreme weather conditions.


    We need to make sure we have enough land to plant on for the next 17 years. We are working hard with landowners across the city who understand the benefits of planting trees, and are committed in the long term to the project.There is a risk of trees being damaged due to vandalism or extreme weather in their early years. We do all we can to protect our trees when they are young by having regular maintenance days and encouraging the local community to look out for them too.


    We will keep you up to date through the online counter which shows our running total of trees planted, whilst our regular newsletters and Facebook page let you know what’s happening, with pictures and success stories. You can also come and see for yourselves how the trees you planted are doing!

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £48,353

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      Amount Heading Description
      £26,621 Planning and planting trees The cost of trees, planning sites, and planting them.
      £11,266 Community involvement Making sure the community are actively involved in creating a Forest for Peterborough
      £10,466 Caring for trees Running the Tree Wardens scheme and keeping them healthy for fifteen years

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    The Big Tree Plant £30,000 Conditional
    Trees For Cities £10,000 Conditional
  • Background


    Trees will be planted across the Peterborough area –in community spaces, schools and workplaces, on farmland and of course developing existing woodland. Peterborough currently has a lower than average tree coverage in the city.
    They will be planted by volunteers from the community, schools, other community groups, and staff from local businesses keen to give back to the community.


    Local communities, schools, businesses, land owners - everyone in and around Peterborough will benefit from the Forest for Peterborough project.

    In the long run, local communities will be able to visit and enjoy the trees, enjoying the many health benefits including cleaner air to breathe and having spaces to get outside and active in. Everyone who gets involved will learn valuable skills in both tree planting and maintenance.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    PECT was set up twenty years ago to make a greener, cleaner, healthier city and today we are a well established charity. We have worked with communities, businesses and Peterborough City Council to deliver projects including the annual Green Festival, Green Wheel cycle network and Greeniversity skills share. We know the city, and its communities very well, and are committed to continuing our mission to improve the quality of life of local people by creating a green Peterborough.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Ben Middleton

    Ben is passionate about making Peterborough a greener place. He created a wild food map for the city and is training to look after our fruit trees.

    Megan Livesey

    Megan has a degree in Countryside Conservation and is passionate about woodland flora and meeting new and interesting people at planting days.


Will plant a tree and care for it for 15 years.