Peterborough shopping centre managers step out to plant trees for the city

Volunteers from Queensgate plant 200 saplings, from left, are Laura Briers, Carol Wakelin and Georgina Everest.  � Paul Marriott Photography.
Volunteers from Queensgate plant 200 saplings, from left, are Laura Briers, Carol Wakelin and Georgina Everest. � Paul Marriott Photography.
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Volunteers from Peterborough’s Queensgate shopping centre management team donned their wellington boots and gardening gloves to help plant a Forest for Peterborough.

The Forest for Peterborough’s project involves planting one tree for every person living in Peterborough by 2030, in order to create spaces for people and wildlife to flourish.

Queensgate’s environmental Mmnager, Carol Wakelin, headed up the team of 14 volunteers.

Throughout the day, the group planted around 250 saplings which will be nurtured for 15 years, by which time they will be fully established.

Carol said: “The team and I were really excited for the tree planting day.

“Everyone was so enthusiastic and ready to join in and make a difference to the local area.

We are making sure our city doesn’t lose vital green areas.

Carol Wakelin

“By planting these trees and supporting Forest for Peterborough, we are making sure our city doesn’t lose vital green areas which are so important for both the environment and the people that live here.”

Simon Belham, Forest for Peterborough’s project officer, said: “We are delighted that the Queensgate team has given their support to the Forest for Peterborough Project by joining one of our planting days.

“Queensgate’s assistance has made a vital difference to the environmental landscape of the city and its surrounding areas, and has moved us one step closer to our goal of planting 180,000 trees by 2030.”

The initiative, developed by the charity Peterborough Environment City Trust, aims to create a network of wooded areas to improve Peterborough’s green spaces and air quality, as well as ensuring the city is prepared for the anticipated new homes to be built over the next six years.

Trees are distributed across the city, in areas such as parks, playing fields, farms, and rural green spaces.