eNewsletter August 2015

Peterborough Environment Capital

About Environment Capital

About Creating the UK's Environment Capital

What does creating the UK’s Environment Capital mean?

Environment Capital is a vision for a truly sustainable Peterborough.  It is a commitment to put the environment first, to continually aspire for improvement and to be recognised as a city with an innovative approach to sustainable development.

We currently live unsustainably, using three planets worth of resources. We only have one planet and by working together we can create a sustainable, brighter future and make our city a happier, healthier and more prosperous place to live.

Environment Capital is a challenge we have set ourselves as a city and it is an ongoing journey. 
 

What will this mean for me?

Creating the UK’s Environment Capital does not mean reducing our quality of life. On the contrary, we can achieve higher standards of living by wasting less and making the most out of our available resources.

Creating the UK’s Environment Capital means we will all have a better quality of life where:

  • we are healthier, happier and more prosperous
  • we waste less, so we can achieve more
  • we have more money in our pockets because we have lower bills to pay and more job opportunities open to us
  • fewer of us rely on health care, benefits or support, because we don’t need them
  • our residents are given the opportunity to make sustainable choices, leading to a high quality of life.

But this does mean we will need to do things differently.shopping worlds


Why do we need to do things differently?

If everyone worldwide lived the lifestyle of the average person in Europe, we would need three planets worth of resources to sustain us. This means, on average, each of us is using too much of the earth’s resources to produce the food we eat, treat the waste we produce, and generatethe energy we require. This needs to change, and we believe that it is possible to do this in a way which also enhances our quality of life. 


What can we do?

We all have the opportunity to make simple changes to our way of life that cumulatively will result in a more self-sufficient city and in doing so reduce economic pressures. Embracing sustainability will make our businesses more efficient, our products less harmful and our communities stronger and more equitable. It will achieve environmental justice and equality for all. With your help, Peterborough has the potential to be a truly sustainable city.

Tips and ideas on how you can help can be found in our Get Involved area.


How will we measure this?

The Environment Capital Action Plan will show how we are going to achieve this. The action plan, which is currently being developed, will be structured around ten themes, each with a lead partner. Each theme has a 2050 vision and interim targets to start us on our journey toward Environment Capital. Click on the links below to view the themes, their baseline statistics and progress.  In 2016 the progress will be reviewed and new three year targets will be produced. We believe this plan will lead to our residents having the best possible quality of life because they will be part of a truly sustainable city.

Targets will be delivered by a partnership including Peterborough City Council, Peterborough Environment City Trust, local educational establishments, the health service, the business community, local voluntary and community organisations, and you.


What are the ten action plan themes?

 

 

Many people want to make a contribution to improving the environment and decreasing the amount of energy we use and the waste we produce. 

Sometimes it's hard to stay up to date with the newest information about what's available in Peterborough to help you be more environmentally sustainable.

To help you find out more on how to do your bit, subscribe to this dedicated bi-monthly Environment Capital eNewsletter.

If you want to share details about an initiative you're doing to help Peterborough create the UK's Environment Capital please email environmentcapital@peterborough.gov.uk.

 

Latest News

Travelchoice summer fiesta is here with lots of free events!

The yearly events of Travelchoice are back! With sustainable transport themed events, this year you will be able to have fun and be more informed about the different modes you have available to travel in the city. The schedule for this years events is the following:

22 August: Summer Fiesta Launch & Cycle Cinema - 'Shark Tale' (10:00 at East community Centre)

Travelchoice's Summer Fiesta kicks off on 22 August with a cycle cynema at the East Community Centre.

23 August: Drive-In Car Share Cinema - 'The Hangover' (20:30 at Peterborough Garden Park)

What a great reason to try out car sharing! Watch Hangover with your family and friends while you enjoy the benefits of car sharing.

25 August: August Business Breakfast - FREE breakfast and personalised travel plan (8:00-11:00 at Town Hall)

Commuting through the city centre? Pop into the Town Hall reception room and grab your FREE breakfast between 8am and 11am. You will also have the opportunity to discover more about local travel options, as well as receiving your own FREE personalised travel plan giving you details on calorie burning and CO2 savings for each transport option to work. Find out how much you could save by making the switch to sustainable travel.

27 August: Electric Car day (10:00 - 16:00 at Cathedral Square)

Electric vehicles are highly efficient, emit no pollutants, need less maintenance, are always exempt from road tax and at 3p a mile compared to 16p per mile these cars are clear winners.

Come along and find out more from electric car experts who will answer any questions and show you why electric vehicles are becoming more and more popular.

29 August: Travelchoice City Centre Bonanza (10:00 - 17:00 at Cathedral Square)

A fun filled day full of FREE activities for all ages including a pedal powered music stage, children's playbus, BMX stunt performances by freestyle champion, Keelan Phillips, live music, make your own pedal powered smoothie, explore a range of fun-filled stalls, and get involved in competitions, see cycle springs, free travel information, road safety information to drivers, cyclists and pedestrians, Zumba, bike marking and many more activities.

2 September: Fun day and Cycle Cinema - 'The Penguins of Madagascar' (10:00 - 16:00, film starts 13:00 at Serpentine Green Shopping Centre)

A chance for families to watch animated comedy ‘The Penguins of Madagascar’ at Serpentine Green food court at 1pm. Don’t miss this FREE movie powered by pedal!

In addition to finding out about travel options in our city, there will be FREE fruit smoothies as well as a chance to win prizes ranging from cycle vouchers to cinema tickets.

3 September: Cycle Cinema - 'The Lion King' (19:30 at Central Park)

With FREE animal face painting and FREE popcorn, what better way to watch the cycle powered showing of coming-of-age animated masterpiece ‘The Lion King’, starting at 8.30pm. Bring your picnic blankets and listen to live music from Tallawah before the film starts.

5 September: Travelchoice Summer Fiesta Finale (10:00 - 17:00 at Ferry Meadows country park)

For the Travelchoice finale it's celebrating all things cycling! Explore the world of cycling with a range of bikes on display and cycle try-out show. Take part in the ‘Watt challenge’ in which children can learn about energy usage by cycling on a bike which drives a motor to produce electricity. Bring your bikes down for servicing and minor repairs free of charge with Dr Bike, as well as security bike marking. Children can enjoy the bouncy castle and outdoor games all day for FREE.

 

For any of those who want to relieve any of the events during the last years Travelchoice month, check out the following short video showing some of the most memorable parts of that below:

To find more about these events, any future events and sustainable travel choices available to you, please visit www.travelchoice.org.uk

Save an average of £221 on your energy bills with local tariffs

Residents could save an average of £221* on their energy bills with new local energy partnership, Peterborough Energy.

Formed by Peterborough City Council and award winning national supplier OVO Energy, Peterborough Energy aims to save residents money by offering competitively priced, fair tariffs.
 

Peterborough Energy is Peterborough's own energy plan. It is exclusively available for residents within the Peterborough City Council boundary.

Peterborough Energy customers will benefit from:

  • On average, potential savings of £221 on pay monthly tariffs
  • An interest reward of three per cent on all credit balances*
  • No exit fees*
  • Hassle-free switching
  • Award winning customer service from supply partner OVO Energy, Supplier of the Year in the uSwitch Energy Awards 2014
  • A refer a friend scheme where you and a friend can claim a £20 Amazon voucher each*

For more information or to switch, please visit www.peterboroughenergy.co.uk or call 0800 408 6706.

*Full terms and conditions are available from the Peterborough Energy website.

Four Peterborough parks officially amongst the best in the country

Four of the city’s parks, managed by Amey on behalf of Peterborough City Council, are officially the very best in the country.

Central Park, Itter Park, Manor Farm Park, and Victoria Gardens are among a record-breaking 1582 parks and open spaces that have received thegf1 prestigious Green Flag Award across the UK. 

The Green Flag status, run by Keep Britain Tidy UK on behalf of the Department for Communities and Local Government, awards quality, green space accessible to the public.

Central Park, supported by the Friends of Central Park, boasts play areas, a paddling pool, and sporting facilities and leads the way having now received Green Flag status for 13 consecutive years.

Itter Park, also supported by a ‘Friends of’ group, receives the award for the ninth time for offering tennis, an outdoor gym, a putting green, a wildlife pond, a sensory garden and seasonal floral bedding.

Manor Farm Park, also known as Eye Open Space, received the award for the third time, while Victoria Gardens achieved the status for the second time.

Peterborough Crematorium was awarded Green Flag Status for the seventh year in a row.

Councillor Gavin Elsey and Cabinet Member for digital, waste and street scene at Peterborough City Council said; "We are absolutely delighted to receive Green Flag Awards for five of our green open spaces in Peterborough.

“Amey, on the council's behalf, works hard to maintain these areas to the best standards and I am really proud that, despite the difficult financial challenges we face, we continue to commit to creating a greener Peterborough.”

 

Forest for Peterborough project needs your help!

The independent charity Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) has recently celebrated another successful planting season with the Forest forest for peterboroughfor Peterborough project. In the last five years alone the project has planted more than 80,000 trees across the city and surrounding areas.

Project Officer Simon Belham is now planning for the next planting season, which runs from October 2015 through to March 2016, and he is looking for Peterborough landowners who would like to volunteer their land for tree planting.

“The aim of the project is to plant 183,000 trees by 2030, which is one tree for every person living in Peterborough,” explains Simon. “We want to create a network of wooded areas to improve our green spaces and create vital wildlife habitats.”

“By landowners nominating their green spaces for tree planting, it will enable us to form an even greater ‘city forest’ throughout Peterborough.”

If you’re interested in finding out more or would like to discuss arranging a site visit, please contact Simon Belham on simon.belham@pect.org.uk. For more information about the Forest for Peterborough project, visit the website at www.pect.org.uk and find PECT on Twitter @SustainableCity.

2nd anniversary of parkrun!

Regular Saturday morning visitors to Ferry Meadows may have noticed the growing number of lycra clad women and men of all ages taking part in the Peterborough parkrun. Since starting in August 2013, more than 5,200 different people have run more than 176,060– more than running around the Earth four times!

Peterborough parkrun's 2nd anniversary run was graced with perfect weather and a bumper crowd of 508 runners with 51 first timers and 51 volunteers many of which turned up in the theme of the day - Tutu's!!. Two years ago, 210 people took part in the inaugural parkrun event while in April a record 597 people took part.

Gordon Pearson, event director, was very pleased about the success of his efforts to brin parkrun to Peterborough. He stated: "Every time I go there I’m just bursting with pride."

He also stated that parkrun is open for all the abilities and everyone. “It’s for all ages and you can run, skip and walk. There’s no pressure - it’s a relaxed way to get people exercising and enthused,” he added. “It’s there for everybody. People go flying around for 15 minutes and others in 45.” “It’s building communities and getting people to talk and chat and go for a coffee at the Ferry Meadows Cafe afterwards.” “Part of the ethos is to keep it fun and informal. We have fancy dress events such as American Independence Day and Halloween. And Christmas is always very popular. People really go to town with it.”

You can see a video of the second anniversary created by below:

Parkrun is a weekly free timed 5km run, starting at 9am. It’s open to all but its best to register beforehand at www.parkrun.org.uk/Peterborough so that you can get a personal barcode and allow your result to be recorded by the volunteers. The runners meet at the Café about 8.45 ready for a briefing before walking to the start, and many stay behind for a well earned cup of coffee and a cake after the run!

Free solar for your home

Empower Peterborough is a new scheme offering home owners in Peterborough the chance to have solar panels installed on their properties for free.

Residents won’t have to pay a penny towards the cost of installing and maintaining a rooftop PV array and will benefit from an expected energy saving of roughly £200 every year and receive £100 every five years for 20 years for having the panels on their roof.

The wider Peterborough community will also benefit as a percentage of the money generated will be shared equally between a Local Community Fund and Peterborough City Council.

The following video explains the scheme, its ethos and how the process works for anybody interested in applying:

The solar systems are installed by Empower Peterborough CIC, a partnership between the council and Empower Community, a social enterprise.

It is starting with a pilot in Gladstone, Millfield and New England, with an evaluation of the electricity network, both Peterborough-wide and in the pilot area currently being conducted. Once this stage of the process is complete, Empower Peterborough will contact the owners of potentially suitable properties to arrange for a physical survey, paperwork and installation.

For more information and to register an interest, please visit https://www.peterborough.gov.uk/council/campaigns/free-solar-for-your-home/

New project launched to tackle rising energy costs

The independent charity Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) has launched the Warm Homes Peterborough project offering a free energy advice service to households, funded by the ScottishPower Energy People Trust.

This free community-based project aims to help city residents save money and improve the energy efficiency of their homes, whilst also lowering the carbon footprint of local communities and conserving limited natural resources. Residents in the Peterborough wards of Paston, Ravensthorpe, Orton Longueville, Orton Goldhay, Orton Malborne and Westwood are entitled to the service, whether or not they own their home.

“The average UK household is now spending around £321 more annually on household energy than they did in 2010,” explains Project Officer Sam Bosson. “In addition to helping improve the energy efficiency of households, we provide advice that could potentially save residents hundreds of pounds a year.”

Through a home visit, PECT’s trained and impartial staff can advise on energy tariffs, available grant funding and positive behavioural measures. Plus residents will receive a free energy pack containing items to help save energy (and money!).

NHS evidence suggests maintaining a warm home can help to ensure good physical and mental wellbeing of both younger and older people, with children living in cold homes more likely to suffer from respiratory illnesses such as asthma. To book your free home visit please call 01733 866440 or email sam.bosson@pect.org.uk. For further details, visit www.pect.org.uk/warmhomes.

Business collaboration leads to new green resource for companies

Investors in the Environment (iiE), the national not-for profit environmental accreditation scheme, and Peterborough member PPS Print have joined forces to create an exciting new green resource for iiE companies.

In order to help iiE member businesses increase staff engagement and spread key green messages, the two organisations have worked together to produce a series of awareness posters, which are now available as a free resource to iiE companies.

This first series of seven posters carry environmental messages on topics such as conserving electricity, car sharing, recycling and waste. For example, did you know the average person in the UK throws out their body weight in waste every three months?

“We wanted to highlight key ways in which all staff can make small behavioural changes to encourage everyone to look at their day-to-day actions,” explains Kim Coley, Commercial Executive at iiE. “By communicating with staff in their normal working environment, we are encouraging them to become more aware of environmental issues, make small improvements to their behaviour and gain a greater understanding of what we can all achieve when we work together!”

PPS Print, the Peterborough-based print and design company, was keen to be involved in the initiative. “As iiE members, we can really see the benefits of being a greener organisation,” says Marcus Brailsford, Managing Director at PPS Print. “Not only does following eco initiatives save money, it also enables us to reduce our impact on the environment and encourage others to do the same.”

iiE members can use the posters around their workplaces to engage with staff, encourage involvement in green initiatives and promote their environmental credentials. All of this ties in with iiE’s key objectives of creating sustainable businesses across the UK. Members of iiE are trained and supported to create a credible Environmental Management System that works for them, and gain official iiE accreditation around their hard work. Membership also includes various green events and promotion of members’ best practice. 

For more information about the not-for-profit membership scheme Investors in the Environment (iiE), call Kim Coley on 01733 866436 or email kim.coley@iie.uk.com. For further details about the scheme visit www.iie.uk.com.

New flag unveiled for schools’ Peterborough Eco Framework

A new Peterborough Eco Framework flag for schools, which has been inspired by designs from local pupils, has been unveiled. This flag will be flown at schools throughout the city to celebrate and mark students’ environmental achievements.

The independent charity Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) is leading the way nationally with its new and bespoke Eco Framework for Peterborough schools – embedding knowledge of sustainability issues into classes to inspire the next generation of forward-thinking students.

The framework allows schools to show their progress towards becoming Sustainable Schools and their contribution towards enabling Peterborough to become the UK’s Environment Capital.

As part of the new framework, schools can gain accreditation in each of the 10 Environment Capital themes. Certificates will be awarded for each theme, and when a school has achieved five themes they can proudly fly the flag. During the summer term, pupils across the city were invited to contribute to the design of the flag.
 
Cllr John Holdich, leader and cabinet member for education, skills and university at Peterborough City Council, said: “It’s great to see so many young people supporting Peterborough in creating the UK’s Environment Capital. Reducing the amount of energy we use, increasing the amount we recycle and generally minimising our impact on the environment is key to creating a greener future. I hope to see many eco flags being flown over city schools in the coming months and years.”

“We wanted the pupils to play a significant part in the creation of this flag and so we ran a competition looking for their designs,” explains Environmental Education Coordinator Jill Foster. “We were delighted that over 100 entries were submitted, then student Eco Teams shortlisted 15 entries, which a professional designer interpreted to create our finalised flag. It was fantastic to unveil to the students at our recent Peterborough Eco Education Awards a flag design that they had contributed so massively towards.”

For each framework theme there is a target to achieve by 2050, objectives to work towards, plus a list of local providers who can assist with resources and information. The aim is for schools to develop a responsible outlook among the pupils based on an appreciation of the impact of their personal values and behaviours.

Four schools have been quick off the mark and already gained certificates in either one or two themes. These were Braybrook Primary School, Wittering Primary School, Woodston Primary School and Hampton Hargate Primary School. 

For more information about the Peterborough Eco Framework for schools please contact Jill Foster at PECT on 01733 866440 or email jill.foster@pect.org.uk. For further details about Peterborough Environment City Trust, visit www.pect.org.uk.

Langdyke Countryside Trust annual meeting

On Friday the 11th, the annual meeting of the Langdyke Countryside trust is being hosted in the Marquee at The Golden Pheasant, Etton at 18:30. The event features the following:

  • Keynote speaker – Brian Eversham, Chief Executive, Wildlife Trusts for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire – Climate Change and Living Landscapes
  • Also
    • Exhibition of local artists, including Langdyke Artists in Residence, View 5
    • Launch of the Langdyke Vision for the protection and conservation of our local countryside
    • Review of our work 2014-15
    • Refreshments on tap in the pub!
    • Photo display of local wildlife sights – bring your own images and put them on the board

Everybody is welcome -  members, guests and those just interested. The entry is FREE but donations are welcome.

The Langdyke Countryside Trust is a voluntary, membership based organisation that through community action aims to preserve and enhance the natural heritage in the area between Peterborough and Stamford, ensuring the continuity of its natural beauty and distinctive character.

The Event is kindly supported by the Golden Pheasant. For more information please visit www.langdyke.org.uk or email richard@athene-communications.co.uk

Market Harborough visit June 2015

Peterborough City Council, the Environment Agency and Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) are currently working in partnership to plan and deliver the Werrington Brook Improvement Programme. This is a 5-7 year programme with the aim of improving a part of the River Welland catchment to the north of the city, for the benefit of the wildlife, the environment and people. The focus is on Marholm Brook and the watercourse that it drains into; the Werrington Brook.

To give some of the local community a flavour of what could be possible in Peterborough, the programme team arranged a site visit to Market Harborough to see and hear about the river improvements that the Welland Rivers Trust have recently led there. The Welland Rivers Trust chair a partnership between local authorities, organisations, charities and interest groups, who are all striving towards restoring the River Welland, whilst promoting activities that help local communities, groups, businesses and organisations enjoy and understand their river and environment. The river improvements at Market Harborough have not only improved wildlife and habitat but have improved the all-round environment providing numerous benefits for communities, businesses and visitors to the town to enjoy.

Peterborough councillors, RiverCare group members, neighbourhood council members and project partners attended the day, which involved a walkover of part of the river with experts who were directly involved in the improvements and related projects. This has included a series of in-channel improvements, as well as community projects to encourage more people to understand and enjoy their local water environment.

Chris Mabbutt, a member of one of the Peterborough RiverCare groups and Werrington Neighbourhood Council said: “I was amazed at how much has been achieved. I look forward to similar work being carried out on Cuckoos Hollow and the watercourse that feeds it, improving aeration, increasing fish stocks and generally improving the flow.”

Over the next few years there will be lots of opportunities for communities to get involved in the Peterborough project which includes work to reduce pollution and change behaviours as well as physical changes to the watercourses.

Plans for the Werrington Brook Improvement Programme will be out for public consultation at the beginning of October 2015. More details can be found at: www.pect.org.uk/werringtonbrook and from September 2015 at www.peterborough.gov.uk/werringtonbrook.

Water experts pour into Peterborough and make a splash at Water Connect 2015

On 8th July, Opportunity Peterborough and the Global Sustainability Institute at Anglia Ruskin University co-hosted Water Connect 2015. This one day conference and networking event was part of the Water Efficiency in European Urban Areas (WE@EU) project, which aims to improve Water Efficiency and Urban Water Management.

An expert panel of speakers presented throughout the day and discussed the pressing need to put water back on the policy agenda. Ashley Roe, Chief Executive of British Water, warned that “Water will become a source of conflict as it becomes more scarcely available” and highlighted that ”In the UK, we don’t value water in the same way as other utilities we take for granted, like energy and telecoms.” Water Connect provided an excellent environment to open the dialogue with key stakeholders to collaborate and identify solutions.

Almost 150 delegates attended the event and enjoyed a unique opportunity to network with organisations from academia, business and government from all across Europe that they would not otherwise have been able to engage in face-to-face discussions with. Interactive workshops on European funding opportunities and internationalisation of innovative ideas and technologies gave delegates an insight into further progress in Research, Development and Innovation in the water sector.

Tom Hennessy, Senior Economic Development Manager at Opportunity Peterborough, says “As the city’s economic development company, all our projects are designed to support businesses and grow our economy. Water Connect enabled local businesses to network with organisations from all over Europe and find potential partners for future collaboration. It’s been fantastic learning about emerging technologies in the water sector and really great to welcome leaders in innovation to Peterborough.”

The event was deemed a huge success and we look forward to joining our partners for our next project meetings and WATEC, an international water conference and exhibition, taking place in Israel in October.

Following the event, 60 organisations have now signed up to The Water Cluster. This new website and network provides a free platform for academic institutions, businesses, and policy makers with an interest in water and innovation to identify and discuss opportunities for collaboration. Presentations from Water Connect 2015 are available for download from the members’ area, and a short film showing highlights from the event is also available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ehSMr6HKs8

Celebrate Peterborough’s Ancient Woodlands

Enjoy a fun day out for the whole family at the FREE Woodland Heritage Conservation and Craft Day on Saturday 29 August. This drop-in event will be held between 10am-4pm at Pocock’s Wood, accessed from Peterborough Crematorium car park, Bretton PE6 7JE.

Visitors will have the opportunity to try hands-on crafts, learn about local woodlands, and take part in a guided walk. In addition to this you can discover more about the history and management of Peterborough’s woods, plus see the rare Wild Service Tree and hear about how it is being protected.

“This event is a fantastic opportunity for families to get involved with our local woodlands,” explains Project Officer Matthew Robinson. “It’s a chance to try some woodland crafts and have some fun in the great outdoors!”                                         

Lunch will be provided. Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear. Children are welcome but will require parental supervision and may not be able to take part in all activities. Please be aware that the event is accessed from the Crematorium car park, and that the Crematorium is open to the public. Please respect other visitors to the Crematorium when attending the open day.

Bretton’s Ancient Woods, to the East of Peterborough and once part of William the Conqueror’s Royal Rockingham Forest, are being made more accessible to the public thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Woodland Heritage in Action, a project run by the independent charity Peterborough Environment City Trust in partnership with Peterborough City Council, will see this ancient urban woodland restored and made fully accessible for the first time in over 75 years.

For more information, call Matthew Robinson on 01733 568408, 07736 308475 or visit http://www.pect.org.uk/events/woodland-crafts-thurs--last-sat-of-the-month.

August 2015 and September 2015 Events in Nene Park

Nene Park Trust logoNene Park Trust hosts a range of events for visitors all year round. Here’s what’s happening in the park in August and September:

 

Date: Wednesday 26th August

Title: Wild Wednesday

Location: Ferry Meadows Country Park

Children and adults are welcome to come and join in some seasonal and wild crafts.

Times: 10:00am-2:00pm

Meet at: Discovery Den

Cost: Free

Accessibility: This event takes place indoors and is suitable for all abilities

Booking: No need to book. For more information please call Nene Park Trust on 01733 234193 or e-mail visitor.services@neneparktrust.org.uk

Ferry Meadows lies 3 miles west of Peterborough and just two miles east of the A1 off the Oundle Road (A605). Brown tourist signs for Nene Park are on all major routes in the city.

 

Date: Friday 4th September

Title: Dog Workshop - Stop your dog pulling on the lead!

Location: Ferry Meadows Country Park

Do you feel like your arm is stretched several inches each time you walk your dog? Is your dog choking himself on what should be an enjoyable walk? This workshop will help you, and your dog, reduce this tension and to enjoy walks instead.

Times: 10:00am-12:00noon

Meet at: to be confirmed at time of booking

Cost: £15

Accessibility: This event includes walking on uneven ground and/or crossing stiles and therefore may not be suitable for all abilities.  Please call 01733 234193 for further details. 

Booking: Essential. Please call Nene Park Trust on 01733 234193 or e-mail

visitor.services@neneparktrust.org.uk

Ferry Meadows lies 3 miles west of Peterborough and just two miles east of the A1 off the Oundle Road (A605). Brown tourist signs for Nene Park are on all major routes in the city.

 

Date: Saturday 12th September

Title: Bark in the park

Location: Ferry Meadows Country Park

A day of fun and activities for dogs and dog lovers.

Times: 10:00am-16:00pm

Meet at: Visitor Centre

Cost: This event is free to attend although there may be a charge for some activities

Accessibility: This event includes walking on uneven ground and/or crossing stiles and therefore may not be suitable for all abilities.  Please call 01733 234193 for further details. 

Booking:

No need to book. For more information please call Nene Park Trust on 01733 234193 or e-mail visitor.services@neneparktrust.org.uk

Ferry Meadows lies 3 miles west of Peterborough and just two miles east of the A1 off the Oundle Road (A605). Brown tourist signs for Nene Park are on all major routes in the city.

 

Date: Wednesday 16th September

Title:  Guided walk with a ranger

Location: Ferry Meadows and surrounding area

Join Ranger Ian Lowe for a 6 mile guided walk around Ferry Meadows and the surrounding area. The route takes in many of the most iconic features of the park and during the walk Ian will give an insight into their history and ecology.

Times: 1:30pm-4:45pm

Meet at: to be confirmed at time of booking

Cost: Free. Suggested donation £2

Accessibility: This event includes walking on uneven ground and/or crossing stiles and therefore may not be suitable for all abilities.  Please call 01733 234193 for further details. 

Booking: Essential. Please call Nene Park Trust on 01733 234193 or e-mail

visitor.services@neneparktrust.org.uk

Ferry Meadows lies 3 miles west of Peterborough and just two miles east of the A1 off the Oundle Road (A605). Brown tourist signs for Nene Park are on all major routes in the city.

 

Date: Thursday 17th September

Title: Riverside Ramble

Location: Ferry Meadows and surrounding area

Join a Ranger for a Ramble along the River Nene and through an autumnal Bluebell wood. Times: 10:00am-1:15pm

Meet at: Visitor Centre

Cost: Free. Suggested donation £2

Accessibility: This event includes walking on uneven ground and/or crossing stiles and therefore may not be suitable for all abilities.  Please call 01733 234193 for further details. 

Booking: Essential. Please call Nene Park Trust on 01733 234193 or e-mail

visitor.services@neneparktrust.org.uk

Ferry Meadows lies 3 miles west of Peterborough and just two miles east of the A1 off the Oundle Road (A605). Brown tourist signs for Nene Park are on all major routes in the city.

 

Date: Friday 18th September

Title: Dog workshop - Stop your dog chasing!

Location: Ferry Meadows Country Park

Does your dog love to seek out everything that moves? Bikes, birds, other dogs, joggers..? This workshop deals with the training you will need to help your dog to learn not to chase in an uncontrolled way.

Times: 10:00am-12:00noon

Meet at: to be confirmed at time of booking

Cost: £14

Accessibility: This event includes walking on uneven ground and/or crossing stiles and therefore may not be suitable for all abilities.  Please call 01733 234193 for further details. 

Booking: Essential. Please call Nene Park Trust on 01733 234193 or e-mail

visitor.services@neneparktrust.org.uk

Ferry Meadows lies 3 miles west of Peterborough and just two miles east of the A1 off the Oundle Road (A605). Brown tourist signs for Nene Park are on all major routes in the city.

 

Date: Tuesday 22nd September

Title: Discover Wild Food

Location: Ferry Meadows Country Park

Get tips on collecting and identifying wild food.

Times: 6:00pm-7:30pm

Meet at: to be confirmed at time of booking

Cost: Free. Suggested donation £2

Accessibility: This event is on surfaced paths and suitable for all abilities including wheelchair users and buggies.

Booking: Essential. Please call Nene Park Trust on 01733 234193 or e-mail

visitor.services@neneparktrust.org.uk

Ferry Meadows lies 3 miles west of Peterborough and just two miles east of the A1 off the Oundle Road (A605). Brown tourist signs for Nene Park are on all major routes in the city.

 

Date: Wednesday 23rd September

Title: Bat Walk

Location: Ferry Meadows Country Park

Join park rangers and members of the Cambs bat group for an informative presentation on bats. Follow this with a walk in the park to try and spot the bats that call Ferry Meadows home.

Times: 6:30pm-8:30pm

Meet at: to be confirmed at time of booking

Cost: Free. Suggested donation £2

Accessibility: This event includes walking on uneven ground and/or crossing stiles and therefore may not be suitable for all abilities.  Please call 01733 234193 for further details. 

Booking: Essential. Please call Nene Park Trust on 01733 234193 or e-mail

visitor.services@neneparktrust.org.uk

Ferry Meadows lies 3 miles west of Peterborough and just two miles east of the A1 off the Oundle Road (A605). Brown tourist signs for Nene Park are on all major routes in the city.

 

Date: Wednesday 30th September

Title: Birds in autumn

Location: Ferry Meadows Country Park

Autumn is one of the best times to look for migrant birds in the Park. This walk with Conservation Officer Chris Park will focus on some of the amazing journeys made by birds. Times: 9:30am-12:00noon

Meet at: Visitor Centre

Cost: Free. Suggested donation £2

Accessibility: This event is on surfaced paths and suitable for all abilities including wheelchair users and buggies.

Booking: Essential. Please call Nene Park Trust on 01733 234193 or e-mail

visitor.services@neneparktrust.org.uk

visitor.services@neneparktrust.org.uk

Ferry Meadows lies 3 miles west of Peterborough and just two miles east of the A1 off the Oundle Road (A605). Brown tourist signs for Nene Park are on all major routes in the city.

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Top tips

Saving the planet doesn't have to be hard work and can increase your quality of life and bank balance!

Take a look at these tips and make a pledge on how you can help Peterborough create the UK's Environment Capital.

"I pledge to..."

  1. Only boil the amount of water I need for my cup of tea
  2. Install a low flow showerhead – it will be just as forceful as my fancy power shower but half the amount of water will be going down the plughole
  3. Change to energy efficient light bulbs – they last ten times longer and will cut my energy bill
  4. Put my vegetable peelings and waste food in the Hungry Harry food waste bin to be turned into compost
  5. Sign up to the Peterborough car share scheme, to find someone I can share journeys with
  6. Turn off my electrical appliances at the wall – those little red standby lights means I am sucking out energy
  7. Make sure my car tyres are properly pumped up to save on fuel consumption, emissions and wear and tear
  8. Eat more local, seasonal food to reduce the energy needed to grow and transport the food I eat, as well as support the local economy
  9. Buy in bulk to save on money and packaging
  10. Turn off my computer when I leave the office. Leaving my computer on overnight for a year creates enough CO2 to fill a double decker bus.
  11. Not to lose heat through my roof by insulating or topping up my insulation in my loft to the recommended 11 inch depth
  12. Borrow a free Energy monitor from my local library to show where I am using the most energy in my home so I can see where I need to cut down usage
  13. Keep old envelopes as scrap paper for shopping lists, use online banking and sign up for paperless billing from phone and utility companies
  14. Wash my clothes at 30 degrees and only have full loads
  15. Buy more sustainably - look for products that have been made with respect for the environment, for example FSC wood products
  16. Recycle all my waste.  One recycled tin can would save enough energy to power my television for three hours
  17. Adopt a tree – for £15 I will get to plant my very own tree in the city and get a personalised certificate
  18. Put a lid on it. Saucepans with lids on heat much quicker, using less energy in the process
  19. Recycle my grass cutting, prunings, weeds and leaves and put in my brown bin to be used for composting
  20. Dress my hot water tank with a snazzy lagging jacket to save on the heating bill
  21. Buy Fairtrade for better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world
  22. Make the most of the 45 mile Green Wheel cycle network and get on my bike as well as get healthy at the same time
  23. Turn lights off. Lighting an empty office overnight is equivalent to boiling water for 1,000 cups of coffee
  24. Take my unwanted and broken electrical items to the WEEE electrical waste facility in Fengate to be refurbished and recycled and passed to charities
  25. Unplug my mobile phone, shaver and electric toothbrush once charged – they keep using electricity even when the battery is full
  26. Turn down my thermostat by 1°C (to between 19°C to 21°C) and set timers – saving 10% on my fuel bill and 300kg of CO2
  27. I will wear an extra jumper if I get a bit chilly instead of cranking up the heating
  28. Not have scalding hot water by setting the cylinder thermostat at around 60°C
  29. Hang my clothes on the washing line to dry rather than use a tumble dryer 
  30. Draw my curtains, close room doors when I’m not in them and use draught excluders to keep the cold air out
  31. Use public transport more and check out www.travelchoice.org.uk
  32. If I am the last one in the office, I will switch off the lights. Lights left on overnight use enough energy in a year to heat a home for almost 5 months
  33. Clean the car with a bucket and sponge instead of a hose pipe
  34. Place a small plastic bottle filled with water in my toilet cistern, reducing the 9 litres of water it takes to flush the loo
  35. Fix that dripping tap and save myself as much as 5000 litres a year
  36. Sign up to free Greeniversity classes to learn some green skills – from knitting to bike maintenance, from healthy cooking to insulating my own loft
  37. Collect rainwater in water butts and use it on garden, watering at desk so less water evaporates
  38. Turn off the tap when I brush my teeth and spend less time in the shower
  39. Keep the temperature of the fridge at 2°C to 3°C and the freezer at -15°C and defrost regularly
  40. Reduce unwanted junk mail by joining the Mailing Preference Service (www.mpsonline.org.uk)
  41. Donate unwanted items to jumble sales or charity shops
  42. Turn off my car engine if stationary for more than two minutes
  43. Re-use shopping bags or use cloth bags
  44. I will make sure I turn off photocopiers, printers and other electrical equipment at the end of the day. A photocopier left on standby overnight wastes enough energy to make 30 cups of tea or 5,400 A4 copies!
  45. Go to my local library instead of buying new books
  46. Not pour my leftover cooking fat and grease down the drain but dispose of it in a small container and put in my black bin
  47. Join Peterborough’s new collective energy switch scheme Ready to Switch
  48. Make my radiators more efficient by placing reflective panels or sheets of aluminum foil behind them as this will bounce the heat back into the room
  49. Get a mug instead of using disposable plastic or paper cups
  50. I will open a window instead of resorting to the air-con. Air conditioning an office for one extra hour a day uses enough energy in a month to power a TV for over a year
  51. Switch my oven off before its finished cooking as it will still finish cooking the food
  52. Visit my local green open space more regularly and enjoy nature in action
  53. Build a bug hotel and provide a refuge for local creatures
  54. Use rechargeable batteries instead of disposable ones
  55. I will make a sustainable choice for travelling to work. Try walking, cycling, public transport or car sharing. Car sharing to work 10 miles away will save me and my colleagues £250 a year - more if there’s three of us!
  56. Calculate if I live on more than one planet’s resources and receive a personalised action plan. 

 

  

If you have any tips you think would help us create the UK's Environment Capital, please email them to environmentcapital@peterborough.gov.uk

 

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Peterborough DNA – shaping a smarter, more sustainable city

You’ve probably come across the Peterborough DNA programme of work. It’s been running for over a year and thanks to funding from the government’s Technology Strategy Board is helping to make Peterborough a ‘future city’ - a place that is sustainable in all senses of the word and ready for the challenges ahead.

The programme is being delivered by Peterborough City Council and Opportunity Peterborough and has four key ‘strands’ of work:

  • Innovation – embedding an innovation economy so that we approach city challenges in new ways and ensure business ideas flourish;
  • Living Data – bringing city data to life for all local people to browse and explore. Who knows what bright ideas might be sparked by having health, education, population (and more) data at your fingertips;
  • Skills – ensuring we have the local skills needed to grow in a sustainable way and take advantage of emerging green markets
  • Smart Fengate – developing a circular economy among businesses in the area, helping companies be smarter about using resources.

Check out this short video (link the words ‘short video’ to the link below) to find out more about what Peterborough DNA has achieved so far: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=nvXLIcaGauU

Get involved by visiting www.peterboroughdna.com or following us on Twitter @PeterboroughDNA.

 

Initiatives for schools

Environmental Education is a vital part of Peterborough’s ambition to create the UK’s Environment Capital. Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) runs a number of projects in local schools to support the delivery of environmental education, and to help schools reduce their carbon footprint.


Eco Schools
The Eco Schools programme provides a simple framework to enable a school to become more sustainable and provides a structure for fulfilling the requirements of the Sustainable Schools Framework. PECT provides assistance to schools looking to become Eco Schools. Peterborough is aiming for 100% of the city’s schools to become Eco Schools by 2010. For more information contact: Jill Foster, Sustainable Development Education Officer, Tel: 01733 866440, Email: jill.foster@pect.org.uk
 

Greener Schools 
Website for teachers listing all environmental education providers and resources available locally.  Over 100 local teachers are already using this resource because it makes it easier to provide lessons about the environment.  The site makes it easy to find a range of local and national environmental resources including visits to farms, allotments and wildlife parks, lesson resource packs, videos, speakers, free environmental goods and teacher training.  There is also a calendar showing events for teachers, children or families and a list of sources to look for grant funding for projects.  Visit www.greenerschools.co.uk to find out more or click here to see some volunteer exchange case studies. For more information contact: Jill Foster, Sustainable Development Education Officer, Tel: 01733 866440, Email: jill.foster@pect.org.uk


Adopt a Tree with Forest for Peterborough 
For just £15 you can adopt a tree in the Forest for Peterborough! We’ll give you the opportunity to plant your tree and send you a personalised certificate.  The Forest for Peterborough project won’t create a single woodland in one set place, but will increase tree coverage in different areas all over the city. It will also increase the range of habitats in the city such as grassland and hedgerow as well as woodland. We want to create green corridors throughout Peterborough to allow our wildlife to flourish.


Greener Futures 
Greener Futures is an online resource for delivering environmental education with sites for KS1+2 and KS3.  Each website comprises two key sections: a questionnaire and an interactive game. The questionnaire captures information on the pupils’ lifestyles with sections on transport, food, energy and water use. The idea of the resource is to educate young people about the need to manage our planet’s resources and empower them to take action. In the KS1+ 2 site there are six games which look in more detail at key environmental themes and help pupils learn more about what they can do to be green.  The KS3 game puts pupils in charge of a planet where they must make decisions which impact the sustainability of their colony. Landfill or waste reduction? More homes or more green space? Both websites have won prestigious Green Apple awards for demonstrating best practise and innovation. Visit the Greener Futures website...  For more information contact: Jill Foster, Sustainable Development Education Officer, Tel: 01733 866440, Email: jill.foster@pect.org.uk


Volunteer Exchange 
Matching schools with volunteers from local businesses to create exciting outdoor classrooms with vegetable patches, ponds, flowerbeds and wildlife corners. Outdoor classrooms provide students with hands-on, interesting lessons about the environment. Students learn about where food comes from and how to grow vegetables, they engage with the natural environment and understand how everyday actions can impact on local wildlife. The Volunteer Exchange is part of the Greener Schools website and was set up to link schools and businesses for mutual benefit. If you are a school seeking volunteers, or a business who can donate time register now at www.greenerschools.co.uk


Car Sharing 

Share your journey and help reduce the number of cars on the city's roads.  Sharing your journey not only helps to reduce the number of cars on the city's roads, but also supports Peterborough's aspiration to become the UK's Environment Capital. It also has obvious cost benefits for members, sharing your daily commute with one person will halve your fuel costs and sharers can typically save £1,000 a year.  Travelchoice has developed a dedicated website to allow residents in and around Peterborough to search for people to car share with. Simply register on http://www.carsharepeterborough.com/ then enter your journey details; stating where and when your trip starts and ends and how often you make it. The website will automatically search for other people making similar journeys and if a suitable match is found you can contact that person to finalise plans.


Rivercare 

RiverCare is a community engagement project that re-connects people with their local river environment. RiverCare empowers community groups to ‘adopt’ and enhance their local riverside environment by carrying out regular conservation, litter clean-up and wildlife surveying tasks. People of all ages can get involved and form groups with neighbors, sports clubs, work colleagues or a youth group. If you have an idea for a RiverCare project that you would like to do, visit the Rivercare website  to find out more.


The Green Wheel 

The Green Wheel network of cycle routes provides over 45 miles of continuous sustainable routes around the city. It was one of the first large scale projects Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) delivered for Peterborough and first opened in 2000.  Not only does the Green Wheel contribute to a sustainable transport system, it also celebrates over 3000 years of social, cultural and economic history through colourful interpretation boards and a series of sculptures. This £11 million project was 50% funded by the National Lottery through the Millennium Commission, matched by contributions from public and private businesses and voluntary organisation.

 

 

Initiatives for businesses

Businesses in Peterborough and across the East of England can cut their carbon footprint and increase profits. Reducing your impact on the environment doesn’t need to be complicated.

A few simple steps could have a huge impact on the planet and your bottom line. 

Volunteer Exchange 
Matching schools with volunteers from local businesses to create exciting outdoor classrooms with vegetable patches, ponds, flowerbeds and wildlife corners. Outdoor classrooms provide students with hands-on, interesting lessons about the environment. Students learn about where food comes from and how to grow vegetables, they engage with the natural environment and understand how everyday actions can impact on local wildlife. The Volunteer Exchange is part of the Greener Schools website and was set up to link schools and businesses for mutual benefit. If you are a school seeking volunteers, or a business who can donate time register now at www.greenerschools.co.uk/volunteerexchange 


Adopt a Tree with Forest for Peterborough 
For just £15 you can adopt a tree in the Forest for Peterborough! We’ll give you the opportunity to plant your tree and send you a personalised certificate.  The Forest for Peterborough project won’t create a single woodland in one set place, but will increase tree coverage in different areas all over the city. It will also increase the range of habitats in the city such as grassland and hedgerow as well as woodland. We want to create green corridors throughout Peterborough to allow our wildlife to flourish.
 

Car Sharing 
Share your journey and help reduce the number of cars on the city's roads.  Sharing your journey not only helps to reduce the number of cars on the city's roads, but also supports Peterborough's aspiration to become the UK's Environment Capital. It also has obvious cost benefits for members, sharing your daily commute with one person will halve your fuel costs and sharers can typically save £1,000 a year.  Travelchoice has developed a dedicated website to allow residents in and around Peterborough to search for people to car share with. Simply register on www.carsharepeterborough.com then enter your journey details; stating where and when your trip starts and ends and how often you make it. The website will automatically search for other people making similar journeys and if a suitable match is found you can contact that person to finalise plans.
 

Rivercare
RiverCare is a community engagement project that re-connects people with their local river environment. RiverCare empowers community groups to ‘adopt’ and enhance their local riverside environment by carrying out regular conservation, litter clean-up and wildlife surveying tasks. People of all ages can get involved and form groups with neighbors, sports clubs, work colleagues or a youth group. If you have an idea for a RiverCare project that you would like to do, visit the Rivercare website  to find out more.
 

The Green Wheel 
The Green Wheel network of cycle routes provides over 45 miles of continuous sustainable routes around the city. It was one of the first large scale projects Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) delivered for Peterborough and first opened in 2000.  Not only does the Green Wheel contribute to a sustainable transport system, it also celebrates over 3000 years of social, cultural and economic history through colourful interpretation boards and a series of sculptures. This £11 million project was 50% funded by the National Lottery through the Millennium Commission, matched by contributions from public and private businesses and voluntary organisation.
 

Get an Investors in the Environment accreditation 
Investors in the Environment is a not for profit environmental accreditation scheme. It is designed to help the business sector save money and reduce their impact on the environment. We provide all the help, support, promotion and networking you need to get your business started and ensure you get recognition for your green efforts.

 
Envirocluster Peterborough 
Peterborough is an important centre for cleantech development in the United Kingdom offering a first-class working environment for eco-innovation and the environmental industries. Home to around 350 environmental organisationsEnviroCluster Peterborough is a growing interactive network of businesses, entrepreneurs, investors, academic partners and researchers who are developing cleantech solutions. The cluster is strong in the fields of energy generation and energy efficiency, water supply and wastewater treatment, contaminated land remediation, biodiversity management, waste management and recycling and expert environmental consultancy. The sector is growing strongly in the city, with new companies emerging in areas such as smart-tech and low carbon vehicles. EnviroCluster is supporting cleantech growth in the city by providing innovation and incubation support, promoting skills development, inward investment, sharing of knowledge and opportunities and helping our members internationalise into new global markets. We invite businesses to join the cluster if they are based locally, provide a cleantech solution, have a willingness to collaborate with others and have an ambition to grow.  

 

Water Innovation Quick Scan (WIQS)
Is your organisation using water and do you want to find out how you can use water more efficiently and at the same time enhance your reputation as a sustainable enterprise? Complete the free INNOWATER Innovation Quick Scan for a clear insight in potential water challenges and areas for improvement. But it does not stop there. After completing the scan, you have the opportunity to perform a full scale European Water Steward audit, financially supported by INNOWATER, that guides you towards sustainable water management at operational and river basin levels. Please contact Selma Hilgersom (s.hilgersom@ewp.eu) if you want to learn more about the opportunities for your company. If you require support with completing the Water Innovation Quick Scan, please contact Gareth Jones (g.jones@ukceed.org) at UK CEED.

Iniciatives for residents

Adopt a Tree with Forest for Peterborough 
For just £15 you can adopt a tree in the Forest for Peterborough! We’ll give you the opportunity to plant your tree and send you a personalised certificate.  The Forest for Peterborough project won’t create a single woodland in one set place, but will increase tree coverage in different areas all over the city. It will also increase the range of habitats in the city such as grassland and hedgerow as well as woodland. We want to create green corridors throughout Peterborough to allow our wildlife to flourish.


Love Local and change the way you shop, cook and eat! 

Access affordable locally produced food, and learn how to cook healthy meals. With over 25% of Peterborough’s population classified as obese, encouraging healthy diets is essential - locally grown food is healthier and more environmentally friendly. The further food travels to reach your plate, the more chemicals it needs to preserve it while it’s transported and stored. These chemicals are bad for the environment and for your health. The smaller the distance food travels, the fresher and tastier it will be, plus less energy and fuel is used. More information


Learn new Green Skills at Greeniversity 
The aim of Greeniversity is to promote informal adult education - learning just for fun and to encourage local people to learn 'green skills'.  Greeniversity offers a range of free green courses from knitting to bike maintenance, from healthy cooking to insulating your own loft. Classes will be held across the city in many different locations.  Greeniversity connects people who have green skills with others who want to learn green skills. Teachers are local people willing to share their know-how. 


Car Sharing 
Share your journey and help reduce the number of cars on the city's roads. Sharing your journey not only helps to reduce the number of cars on the city's roads, but also supports Peterborough's aspiration to create the UK's Environment Capital. It also has obvious cost benefits for members, sharing your daily commute with one person will halve your fuel costs and sharers can typically save £1,000 a year. Travelchoice has developed a dedicated website to allow residents in and around Peterborough to search for people to car share with. Simply register on www.carsharepeterborough.com then enter your journey details; stating where and when your trip starts and ends and how often you make it. The website will automatically search for other people making similar journeys and if a suitable match is found, you can contact that person to finalise plans.
 

Water butts 
Your roof collects about 85,000 litres of rain each year which then just runs straight into the sewers. This could fill 450 water butts with free water that you could then use to water your garden, your houseplants, or wash your car for free! Water butt prices can vary so it is worth shopping around, they can be bought from many garden centres and household stores. Many websites also specialise in water efficiency products. RECAP has a designated website that not only sells but also gives advice on household water butts and compost bins.
 

Water hippos 
About a quarter of all the clean, drinkable water we use in our homes is flushed down a toilet. If you're in the market for a new loo, consider buying a water efficient toilet or one with a dual flush. If your loo is still as good as new, put a hippo or other similar device into the cistern to save some water.  Toilet freddies can help you save a litre per flush. 
 

Join the Drop 20 campaign  
Anglian Water’s Drop 20 campaign is all about everyone helping each other save water for the future. It's a way for all of us at home, at work and in local communities to help by cutting the amount of water we use. At home, we each use an average of 145 litres of water a day. Some of that could easily be saved. Imagine if everyone in your house, your neighbours and in your community dropped that amount by 20 litres, every single day. That’s a lot of water saved for tomorrow. Our homes aren’t always as water efficient as we imagine. An average toilet flush or a leaky tap can waste lots of water. Have a quick check around your kitchen and bathroom and you could be dropping 20 litres before you know it. Tips to help you drop 20 litres
 

Heat loss and home insulation 
In cold weather when buildings are warmed up by heating systems and other 'incidental' gains such as appliances, machinery and even the people inside, the heat is continually being lost outside the environment as long as it is warmer inside than out.  In order to save you money by reducing your energy and water costs whilst reducing your impact on the environment it is essential to ensure your home is adequately insulated. Find out how much heat loss is being lost from my roof and what you can do.


Monitor your energy usage 
Saving energy ultimately means you are saving money. With the ever increasing price of fuel and the cost of electricity nearly doubling since 2002 there has never been a better time to be more energy efficient. Cutting unnecessary wastage or use of energy reduces your carbon footprint. Most carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases which are harmful to our planet are released during energy generation. In order to implement energy saving devices and manage your energy consumption, you need to understand how and where your energy is being used. Energy monitoring with easy-to-use electrical displays can help maximise energy efficiency and achieve savings of up to 20%. Energy monitors are available to rent for free from your local library. Visit www.efergy.com for more information.
 

Rivercare 
RiverCare is a community engagement project that re-connects people with their local river environment. RiverCare empowers community groups to ‘adopt’ and enhance their local riverside environment by carrying out regular conservation, litter clean-up and wildlife surveying tasks. People of all ages can get involved and form groups with neighbours, sports clubs, work colleagues or a youth group. If you have an idea for a RiverCare project that you would like to do, visit the Rivercare website to find out more.
 

The Green Wheel 
The Green Wheel network of cycle routes provides over 45 miles of continuous sustainable routes around the city. It was one of the first large scale projects Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) delivered for Peterborough and first opened in 2000.  Not only does the Green Wheel contribute to a sustainable transport system, it also celebrates over 3000 years of social, cultural and economic history through colourful interpretation boards and a series of sculptures. This £11 million project was 50% funded by the National Lottery through the Millennium Commission, matched by contributions from public and private businesses and voluntary organisations.

 

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Zero Carbon Energy

Zero Carbon Energy

zero carbonWhy we need to reduce carbon emissions?:
We need energy to heat our homes, light our streets, run our computers at work, and power our kitchen appliances. Our demand for energy is increasing as we invent more “must have” gadgets, increase our use of IT and switch to electric cars. In the UK energy is predominantly provided by fossil fuels (natural gas, coal, oil) or electricity generated from fossil fuels. Our current energy consumption in Peterborough results in 1.25 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per annum [1], 0.3% of the UK total. However Peterborough’s emissions per person are higher than the UK figure, 7.2 tonnes of carbon per capita compared to 6.6.

What we need to do:
To become zero carbon we have to improve our energy efficiency and increase the amount of renewable energy generated. Furthermore, reducing our dependence on current sources of energy will reduce our exposure to future energy price rises and improve our energy security.

Tips and ideas on how you can reduce your carbon emissions can be found in our Get Involved area.

Peterborough is already working to reduce carbon emissions:

  •  12,000 pupils have taken part in ‘Powerdown’ to raise awareness of energy issues.

  • The council has reduced CO2 emissions by 15% since 2008.

  • Per capita CO2 emissions have reduced from 8.1 tonnes (2005) to 6.3 tonnes (2011).

But...

  • 16% of households' energy bills are spent on devices left on standby.

  • Each year energy costs Peterborough £144m: the council spends £6.7m plus a tax of £288k.


Targets to 2016:

  • Reduce city council CO2 emissions by 35%.
  • Increase the number of businesses registered with Investors in the Environment from 78 to 124.
  • Reduce per capita CO2 emissions to 5.8 tonnes.
  • All approved developments greater than 10 homes or 1000sqm floor area shall achieve an emissions ratio at least 10% better than building regulation standards.

 

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[1] 2010 figure taken from NI 186 data published by DECC in 2012.  
[2] Investors in the Environment scheme

 

Ready to switch

Residents are being urged to sign up and  save money on their energy bills.

Ready to SwitchThe first round of Ready to Switch saved householders an average of £122 a year across all tariffs and dual fuel monthly direct debit customers saved an average of £149.

In fact, some residents have reported much bigger savings amounting to over £250 and householders now have until 8 April 2013 to sign up for the second round of the scheme.

To sign up all you'll need is a copy of your latest energy bill and then either:

• Log on to www.readytoswitch.co.uk  
• Call Peterborough Direct on (01733) 747474
• Visit our Ready to Switch registration desks at Bayard Place in the city centre

The council has also received funding from the Government to translate information about the scheme into Polish, Lithuanian and Punjabi – which are the most common languages spoken in the city other than English.  Translated information can be found at www.readytoswitchpeterborough.co.uk.

Ready to Switch is a scheme that uses the combined buying power of residents to negotiate cheaper prices with energy companies. 

Once registration has closed an auction will be held with energy providers on 9 April 2013 to get the best price to supply energy to all those households that have registered.

All those who registered will be contacted with the details of the estimated savings they would achieve through the scheme and then householders have the choice of whether to go ahead or not.

 

Zero CO2e Emission Certification

Zero CO2e Emission Certification System (ZECOS) is a European project with a consortium of partners from Germany, Belgium, Ireland and the UK, including the Glinton and Peakirk Zero Carbon Community Project. 

They are working together to develop a method of communities to calculate how much CO2e is being produced. 

To find out more about this project please visit the Zero Carbon Community Project website; zerocarboncommunity.co.uk ZECOS then helps communities strategise a plan to reduce their emissions, to zero.

Heataborough aims to reduce fuel poverty

Heataborough LogoHeataborough is an exciting new scheme from Peterborough City Council and British Gas, which aims to simultaneously reduce fuel poverty, and increase energy efficiency in the city. 

If you own your home or privately rent and have one household member in receipt of benefits or the state pension, you might qualify for free cavity wall and loft insulation, and boiler repair or replacement. This helps eligible PE postcode residents heat their homes more efficiently, saving them money through lower energy bills.

Peterborough resident Mr Cooke, 64, was made redundant in December last year from his job as a lorry driver and is now on state pension credit. He read about the Affordable Warmth scheme online and was delighted to find out he was eligible for a new boiler. 

It took just three hours for a British Gas engineer to replace his 28 year old boiler during the summer. Since then Mr Cooke has seen a dramatic reduction in energy consumption; for example it used to take 17 units of gas to heat water but this is now down to around 8.

Although saving money was his main motivator, Mr Cooke said he is also pleased to be “doing his bit” for the environment. He continued, “My wife and I do try to do what we can to reduce our carbon footprint. We recycle what we can and make good use of our Hungry Harry bin.”

There is no catch; this is a real opportunity to save money and improve your home for free. You are not obliged to take out a contract or use a particular energy supplier.

So with winter approaching, please find out if you qualify online at www.heataborough.co.uk or call 0800 3164247. 

Heat loss and home insulation

Heat travels from hot areas to cooler areas. Therefore in cold weather when buildings are warmed up by heating systems and other 'incidental' gains such as appliances, machinery and even the people inside, the heat is continually being lost outside the environment as long as it is warmer inside than out.

How is heat lost from dwellings?

The heat loss from a dwelling can be divided into two main categories:

  • Fabric heat loss - heat loss as it is transmitted through the fabric of the building.
  • Ventilation heat loss - heat loss through ventilation or draughts.

How much heat is being lost from my roof?

To find out how much heat was being lost from your roof during our thermal imaging survey, you only need your postcode to be entered here.

Types of insulation

In order to save you money by reducing your energy and water costs whilst reducing your impact on the environment it is essential to ensure your home is adequately insulated.

Standards of insulation in new housing are considerably higher than they are in older housing. However, properties built before current standards make up by far the largest proportion of the UK housing stock. In order to improve energy efficiency, reduce heating and hot water costs and to reduce CO2 emissions the fitting of insulation into existing housing stock is essential.

The following are types of insulation:

  • Hot water insulation
  • Roof insulation
  • Wall insulation - both cavity and solid wall
  • Draught proofing
  • Floor insulation
  • Double and secondary glazing.

See also:

Pay back periods

  Annual savings Installed costs Pay back CO2 saving
Roof insulation Around £205 Around £250 Around 1 yr 1 tonne
Cavity wall insulation Around £160 Around £250 Around 2 yrs 800 kg
Solid wall insulation - internal Around £75-100 Around £650 Around 6 yrs 2.3 tonnes
Solid wall insulation - external Around £500 Around £3500-6000 Around 11-15 yrs 2.5 tonnes
Hot water jacket Around £40 Around £20 Around 5 months 200 kg

Sustainable Water

Sustainable Water

Why we need to use less water:
Water is a commodity that we all take for granted in our day to day life. Whilst we think of England as a wet country our dense population and resultant high water demand means that the East of England is classed as a water scarce area. Variation in annual weather can lead to Peterborough appearing to fluctuate between experiencing flooding and drought. It is crucial that the true value of water is understood and appreciated so that we can adequately protect against flooding and protect water resources for future generations.

What we need to do:
We all need to use less water on a day to day basis whilst ensuring The that we are resilient to water scarcity and no properties in Peterborough should have an annual risk of flooding from any source which is greater than 1% (1 in 100).

Peterborough is already working towards reducing water usage:

  • 75% of Peterborough residents have water meters.

  • The councils Flood and Water planning guidance is promoted by the Environment Agency as best practice.

But...  

  • Anglia is one of the UK’s driest regions with the same average rainfall yearly as Jerusalem.

  • Only 1% of the water on Earth is usable fresh water.

  • ¾’s of Brits overfill their kettles, wasting a total of £68m each year.

Targets to 2016: 

  • Baseline the council’s water consumption and set a target for reduction.
  • Promote the ‘drop 20’ litres of water campaign across the city.
  • Produce integrated environmental and recreational improvement plans for Peterborough's principal rivers.
  • Anglian Water have decreased pipe blockages across Peterborough by 70% since 2010. This significant reduction will be maintained.

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Related links:
Anglian Water
Peterborough City Council Flood and Water Management
Environment Agency

 

 

Ever wondered where the rain goes?

Peterborough SuDS logoSustainable drainage

Drainage systems can contribute to sustainable development and improve urban design, by balancing the different issues that influence the development of communities. Approaches to manage surface water that take account of water quantity (flooding), water quality (pollution) and amenity issues are collectively referred to as Sustainable Drainage Systems, SuDS.

SuDS mimic nature and typically manage rainfall close to where it falls. SuDS can be designed to slow water down (attenuate) before it enters streams, rivers and other watercourses, they provide areas to store water in natural contours and can be used to allow water to soak (infiltrate) into the ground or evaporated from surface water and lost or transpired from vegetation, known as evapotranspiration.

Sustainable drainage is moving away from the traditional thinking of designing only for flooding to balancing the impact of urban drainage on flood and water quality management and amenity.

 Sustainable Drainage

Sustainable drainage is a concept that includes long term environmental and social factors in decisions about drainage. It takes account of the quantity and quality of runoff, and the amenity and aesthetic value of surface water in the urban environment. Many existing urban drainage systems can cause problems of flooding, pollution or damage to the environment and are not proving to be sustainable in the context of wider challenges from climate change and urbanisation.

Recently Peterborough City Councils Drainage Team has developed and launched a website to inform, educate and promote Sustainable Drainage Systems.

www.peterborough-suds.org

The website covers the following topics in a user friendly way:

  • Frequently Asked Questions replied by Craig, the longest standing member of the Sustainable Drainage Team.
  • Homeowners and Developers SuDS techniques.
  • Guides.
  • Resources.
  • Case studies.

The video below is a short animation about how SuDS manage floods, treat pollution, enhance biodiversity and provide great places for wildlife, people and communities.

New website gives innovators a direct line to Anglian Water

A new website gives Peterborough businesses a way to put their innovative ideas and products in front of decision makers at Anglian Water.

Launched by the Water Innovation Network (WIN), the site features a ‘submit your idea’ portal, which allows individuals and organisations to present ideas that could help to solve some of the current issues faced by the water industry.

WIN, a partnership initiative run by Anglian Water and Opportunity Peterborough, aims to bring together the water company and the wider supply chain to drive innovation and meet future challenges.

The new website also provides a creative overview to some of the issues in the water industry, as well as promoting news and events.Sarah Weaving, Network Development Manager at Opportunity Peterborough said: “Since the inception of this process in 2011, Anglian Water has received in excess of 250 idea submissions from across the world.

“It’s a great opportunity for any business, but particularly Peterborough based companies, to get their water-related innovations in front of the decision makers at Anglian Water which, if successful, could lead to the development of new products and services.”

One such successful submission was made by Peterborough-based company Royal HaskoningDHV. Their innovative temperature sensing technology for identifying infiltration and misconnections in sewer systems has been a real hit with Anglian Water.

Fola Ogunyoye, Technical Director at Royal HaskoningDHV said: “Our technology has been very positively received by Anglian Water and has helped them identify infiltration areas in the sewage network.

“This trial with Anglian Water has been a real success for us and demonstrates how Royal HaskoningDHV is leading the way in developing innovative technologies for the water industry.”

Steve Kaye, Head of Innovation at Anglian Water, said: “The water industry faces huge challenges in the short and long term, and if the necessary technological innovations are to be found, we recognise we must work with the supply chain in a totally new way. We see the Water Innovation Network as an important and exciting development in achieving this goal.”

Want to get involved? See what the Water Innovation Network has to offer for you and your business. Join our free network by visiting the new website at www.waterinnovation.net

Or for more details contact a member of our team, Nisa Tariq on (01733) 317421 or email, ntariq@waterinnovation.net

Land Use and Wildlife

Land Use and Wildlife

Why we need accessible natural green space?: 
Peterborough has one of the highest ratios of green space per person in the UK.  However, as the city grows it is essential that this excellent level of provision is maintained and to a high standard to enhance quality of life for both people and wildlife. There has been a dramatic decline in wildlife habitats and species during the last 50 years. For example 2,200km of hedgerow were lost in Cambridgeshire between 1984-90 and nation-wide there have been 50% losses in the last 25 years of once common species such as hedgehogs and toads. There have also been major declines in farmland birds since the 1960’s such as Tree Sparrows 97%, Corn Buntings 87% and Turtle Doves 85%.  

What we need to do?:
Create a city with a robust, well managed network of wildlife-rich and accessible natural places which support a wide range of animals and plants and provides plentiful opportunities for local people to actively engage with and better understand their natural surroundings.

What is Peterborough is already working on?:

  • Peterborough has one of the highest ratios of green space per person in the UK.
  • The Hampton Nature reserve has the largest population of Great Crested Newts in Europe.
  • Peterborough has 5 Green Flag Awards.
  • Local Wildlife Sites in positive management have increased from 57% in 2008 to 81% in 2012.
  • Nene Park Trust, one of the first park trusts established in the UK, manages almost 2,000 acres of green space in the city, is recognised internationally for its work, and receives over 1.5 million visits a year across Nene Park.
  • The Barn Owl Recovery Project has increased the number of nesting pairs from approx. 5 to 65 pairs in the east of Peterborough between 1990-2012.
  • Werrington Brook Drain County Wildlife Site supports the largest population of Four-spotted Moth (UK BAP priority species) in the UK.
  • Cambs & Peterborough Environmental Records Centre holds over 15,000 protected & BAP priority species records for the city to help inform the planning process and protect wildlife. 
  • The Forest for Peterborough has a 20 year vision to plant one tree for every resident in the city (184,500) and has so far planted over 8,000 trees.
  • Funding has been secured for a Woodland Heritage Project to encourage greater community involvement & interest in the city’s ancient woodlands.
  • Peterborough has a thriving conservation volunteer network with a range of events & activities run by groups including the Wildlife Trust, PECT, Nene Park Trust, Peterborough Conservation Vols & Langdyke Countryside Trust.
  • The recently launched Thorney Farmland Bird Friendly Zone RSPB initiative aims to reverse declines for six priority farmland bird species.

But...

  • Since 1800, England has lost about 500 different species.

Targets: 

  • Increase the number of sites in positive management from 79% to 81%.
  • Increase the number of trees planted as part of the Forest for Peterborough from 8,000 to 55,000.
  • Secure funding to increase the number of Green Flags to 6.
  • Nene Park Trust will continually raise the quality of its facilities and improve the participation and engagement of visitors.

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Peterborough Barn Owl Recovery Project

Peterborough Barn Owl Recovery Project

Peterborough City Council became a key supporter of the Peterborough Recovery Project soon after its inception and continues to support this project as part of the city’s Environment Capital Aspirations. The project is also important in helping delivery of the Council’s obligations to biodiversity both under national legislation and the Councils own Biodiversity Strategy. The project has worked in partnership with landowners and managers to get barn owl boxes installed, maintained and monitored at suitable sites.

Between 1932 and 1985 the barn owl population of the British Isles fell by 70% and by 1985 was down to just 4000 breeding pairs. In response to this numerous Barn Owl Species Recovery Areas were set up in Britain in 1990 to address this disastrous decline. One of these recovery areas was identified at this time in the Fenland landscape to the east of Peterborough City. The project which followed is a partnership between Peterborough City Council and the Wildlife Conservation Partnership.

Barn owls are among the most protected birds in the Country being listed under Schedule 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act. As such it is an offence not only to kill, injure or take any wild bird or take/destroy its eggs or nest but also intentionally or recklessly disturb a barn owl while it is preparing to nest, at a nest with eggs or young or to disturb dependant young. A special licence is required from Natural England to undertake nest inspection and surveys of breeding barn owls which would otherwise result in a criminal offence being committed.

Barn owls can live in a variety of different landscapes but are most often found in areas of open grassland and woodland edge and will occupy home ranges extending 2 km from their nest location during the breeding season increasing to up to 5 km over winter. Within these home ranges two things are essential to barn owl survival, food and nesting opportunities. In the Peterborough recovery area work with local landowners, farmers and managers has been critical for the creation of feeding habitats along field margins and drainage ditches. These are well placed for the less intensive forms of management which benefit field voles on which the barn owls feed.

Barn owls will normally nest between March and August in cavities in agricultural buildings, trees and barn owl nest boxes. In years when food such as field voles is plentiful the owls can raise up to two broods of chicks. In years when food is in short supply, about one 1 in every three, breeding success may be very low. It is therefore not unusual for a nest site to be unoccupied in some years. In contrast to many other parts of the UK the Peterborough recovery area still has some barn owls nesting in agricultural buildings; however the majority of these are in purpose-built barn owl nest boxes which have been provided by the project.

Once habitats for feeding and nesting are taken care of there are still a number of threats to barn owl survival. These include traffic mortality from high speed roads, typically roads with speeds of 50mph or higher. Other factors can include the denial of feeding grounds by snow cover in the winter months as barn owls need to feed regularly at all times of year and will only survive a few days without food.

The Peterborough Barn Owl Species Recovery Project was initiated by Peterborough City Council in the early 1990s with the installation of a small number of nest boxes followed by monitoring to assess their use by barn owls. Since the recovery project was started the number of boxes has gradually been increased so that now the recovery area has 77 boxes. This along with improvements to feeding habitats has allowed the population of barn owls to expand from just 5 pairs to 65 pairs over the course of the project so far. As such the project in Peterborough is acknowledged as being one of the most successful barn owl recovery projects in the UK, holding one of the highest population densities of this species.

Before the start of the project, residents in and around Peterborough would have been very lucky indeed to see this charismatic bird of prey at all. Now barn owls can be seen regularly throughout the fens area and even as far into the city as the football ground car park!

Cambs & Peterborough Environmental Records Centre

The City Council supported the establishment of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Environmental Records Centre in 2005.

The Records Centre is based in Cambourne with the purpose of gathering, storing and sharing information about wildlife, habitats and protected species. It aims to make this information more accessible to a wide audience including schools, individuals and organisations. Visit the Records Centre website to find out more about the Centre and submit your own wildlife records online.

Local County Wildlife Sites

County Wildlife Sites are areas of land important for their wildlife. They include valuable habitats such as ancient woodland, species-rich grasslands, wetlands, roadside verges and hedgerows. The habitats and species that live there flourish because of past management practices and many sites provide a refuge for rare or threatened plants and animals.

The Wildlife Sites Panel is responsible for overseeing the Local Sites system in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Environmental Records Centre is responsible for making information and data available on local sites accessible to all those who need to use it. The success of the local site system largely depends on the support of the organisations involved (Local Authorities, Natural England, The Environment Agency and the Wildlife Trust) and the involvement of land owners and managers who influence the protection and enhancement of sites.

For further information please contact our wildlife officer

County wildlife site handbook

A handbook and leaflet describing the operation of the County Wildlife Site system (CWS) in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is available which contains more information on CWS. Locally a CWS system has been in existence for some years through partnership working between Peterborough City Council and the Cambridgeshire Wildlife Trust. Guidance on these systems, known generically as Local Sites Systems, was published by Defra in April 2006.

What are county wildlife sites?

County Wildlife Site is a non-statutory designation used to identify high quality wildlife habitats in a county context. Together with statutory sites such as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs), County Wildlife Sites form an important part of the wildlife resource in the wider countryside helping to link and buffer sites.

Why are they important?

Habitats of special importance for wildlife such as species rich grassland, rivers, wetlands and ancient woods account for approximately 7% of the county area. Sympathetic management by farmers and landowners helps to preserve these special habitats and the species associated with them for present and future generations to enjoy.

How are county wildlife sites selected?

Survey data is gathered and sites are selected by assessing their wildlife importance in a county context against carefully constructed selection criteria. Those meeting the thresholds contained within the guidelines are then selected for designation. The County Wildlife Site system is intended to be flexible, so that newly discovered sites that meet the selection guidelines can be added, whilst those that are known to have deteriorated can be removed.

How many county wildlife sites are there?

There are 461 CWS across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, with 106 CWS plus 6 Local Geological Sites in Peterborough.

Protection of county wildlife sites

People need to be aware of where these sites are and why they are important. Given information about where sites are and why they are important, owners, planners and conservation bodies can work together to make informed decisions about the future of these sites. Local Authorities have a responsibility as part of their planning function to take account of sites of substantial nature conservation value and to consider them alongside other material planning considerations. The location of County Wildlife Sites will be included in Local Plans and Development Documents.

Implications for landowners

Owning a County Wildlife Site does not mean that there will be open public access to your land. Existing public rights of way remain unaffected and no rights of access are created. The majority of ordinary land management and agricultural operations remain unaffected. Identification of a County Wildlife Site does not give anyone other than the landowner or manager control over land management. However, following recent new regulations, some operations on County Wildlife Sites may require an Environmental Impact Assessment. Further information on the Regulations, or for an application form can be obtained from Defra, call the freephone EIA helpline on 0800 028 2140 or email eia.england@naturalengland.org.uk If your proposal involves afforestation, deforestation, forest roads or forest quarries further information and advice is available from the East of England Forestry Commission Conservancy Office based at Santon Downham, Suffolk Tel: (01842) 815544 or email east.fce@forestry.gsi.gov.uk. The recognition of a County Wildlife Site could assist you in attracting grant aid money such as environmental stewardship and woodland grants. Sympathetic management is encouraged and there are people able to assist you by providing further information and advice.

Other information

Please note that many of these sites are not publicly accessible without the landowners permission. For detailed survey information on a CWS please contact the Environmental Records Centre Tel (01954) 713570. If you would like some advice on management please contact the Wildlife Sites Officer at the local Wildlife Trust Tel (01954) 713500.

Four Spotted Moth Project

This project was established in 2000 as Werrington Brook Drain and the surrounding land supports one of the largest populations of the Four-spotted Moth Tyta luctuosa in the UK. Less than a dozen populations are known. The Four-spotted Moth is a UK Priority Species and a Red Data Book species.

Each year the population and its response to management is monitored, population trends are analysed and this information is fed back into directing the land management of the site. The survival of the Four-spotted Moth is dependent on annual management and appropriate timing and conduct of that management.

The annual observations are now used nationally to direct survey and monitoring effort on other sites. The weekly results are sent to Butterfly Conservation for inclusion in an e-mail newsletter to recorders the same week. 

In recognition of its biodiversity value the Marholm Crossing County Wildlife Site boundary has been extended to incorporate Brook Drain.

The project is aiming towards annual management of the sward in the breeding area to maintain an abundance of the larvae foodplant (field bindweed) in a sparse hot sward, and to ensure that annual development and periodic works within the area do not impact adversely on survival of the moth population. Past experience from the project has shown that annual monitoring and liaison is essential in maintaining positive management and the population of Four-spotted Moth.

Main activities carried out include weekly monitoring of the adult moth population throughout its two flight periods (late April-early July and mid-July-late August) by counting the number of individuals seen on a standard, fixed transect route and a written report of the results and a comparison with previous years so trends can be seen.

The fieldwork and the preparation of the annual report are conducted by Dr Paul Waring. The project partners include Butterfly Conservation, Peterborough City Council, Environment Agency, Network Rail and Anglian Water.

Sustainable Materials

Sustainable Materials

Why we need to procure all goods and materials through sustainable sources:
The environmental impact of the goods and services we procure is significant. Often products are made many miles away using intensive resources when in fact there is a local and more sustainable option just round the corner. It is important that we think about the products that we buy and how we can choose to do things differently to support local producers and suppliers whilst reducing the overall environmental impact.

What we need to do:
We aim to procure all goods and materials, both construction and consumer goods, from renewable or waste resources with low embodied energy and, wherever possible source them locally.

Peterborough is already working towards sustainable materials:

  • The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Re-Use facility, launched in 2004, refurbishes and recycles unwanted electrical goods which are then resold through charities to those on low incomes.

  • The UK has 1,595,374ha of Global Forest Stewardship Council certified forest area.

  • The UK public sector accounts for 10-40% of all sales of timber, wood and paper products.

Peterborough is already working towards sustainable materials:

  • The UK construction industry uses more than 400 million tonnes of material every year.

Targets:

  • The council will achieve level 5 in the government procurement framework.
  • Develop guidance to support the use of sustainable materials.
  • Seek funding to develop a city wide sustainable local procurement framework.
  • In Cambridgeshire and Peterborough 25% of total aggregates sales will be comprised of secondary and recycled aggregates.
Related links:
 

Local and Sustainable Food

Local and Sustainable Food

Why we need to produce and process foods locally:
Food security is becoming an increasingly pressing issue; where we get our food from and what we eat has significant environmental impacts. Peterborough is well placed to make the most of Local and Sustainable food as it is close to some of the best quality arable land in Europe.

What we need to do:
Increase the % of food consumed in Peterborough that is produced and processed within 100 miles of the city.  

Peterborough is already working towards local and sustainable food:

  • There are 1450 allotments at 250m2/allotment, of which 93% are currently occupied.
  • Quarterly farmers markets are held on Bridge Street and stalls at the City Market also specialise in local produce.
  • The Green Backyard, a community growing project set up in 2009 and located in the city centre enables volunteers to learn about growing and preparing seasonal food.
  • Over 1000 Greeniversity courses have taken place teaching attendees how to grow and cook home-grown or locally sourced produce.
  • A Food Group organised by Peterborough Environment City Trust was established in 2012 and represents ten organisations, all of which are helping to deliver the 2050 vision.
  • Riverford Organics is based locally at Sacrewell Farm and delivers vegetable boxes to houses across the region, however only 750 houses in Peterborough receive boxes.
  • The Peterborough Food Bank has already distributed approx. 2000 tonnes of food.
  • The Love Local initiative has planted 800 accessible fruit trees around the city.
  • In 2007 the council committed to support the city’s aspiration to achieve Fairtrade city status.
  • Via Amey 75% of fresh produce and 40% of meat is from East Anglia.
  • There are 1,450 allotments in the city and 93% are occupied.
  • The area’s agri-food industry generates around £2 billion of food-related trade.

But...

  • Britain’s supermarkets generate 300,000 tonnes of food waste every year.

Targets:

  • Seek funding to carry out a feasibility study into local, sustainable food production.
  • Achieve Fairtrade city status.
  • Develop planning guidance to support local food


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Related links:

BBC-Health:Nutrition - A good diet is central to overall good health, but do you know the best foods to include in your meals, and those best avoided? This website looks at the facts, to help you make realistic, informed choices.
British Heart Foundation -  Provides fantastic, practical advise about living a more active and healthy lifestyle.
British Nutrition Foundation - Provides nutrition information for teachers, health professionals, scientists, and general public. Publications, conferences and educational resources.
Change4Life - Change4Life has loads of healthy eating tips and recipes, and fun ways to exercise. Change4Life is here to help you and your kids eat well and move more.
Eat the Seasons - Seasonal food information, tips and recipe ideas, updated every week.
Five-a-day - Why five a day is important and how you can get your five portions of fruit and veg.
Food Standards Agency - UK Government body shows current research in food safety, nutrition and food-related disease, with notes on scientific surveys, enforcement of good practice.
Food Labelling – Food Standards Agency section on food labelling.
Friends of the Earth - Find out how you can help to 'Fix the Food Chain' by joining this fresh new campaign.
Greeniversity - Greeniversity offers a range of free courses taught by ordinary people. There are courses about how to grow your own veg, how to knit, how to customise charity shop clothes, how to ride (and service) your bike, and even how to insulate your loft.
Food Facts - Sustain: The alliance for better food and farming advocates food and agriculture policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, improve the working and living environment, enrich society and culture and promote equity. 
Love British Food - The one-stop-shop for consumers, retailers, caterers and schools wanting to enjoy the diverse and delicious food that Britain produces.
NHS - Information from the National Health Service on conditions, treatments, local services and healthy living.
Riverford Organic vegetables - Riverford delivers organic fruit, veg and meat boxes and other fresh food from a network of five farms.
School Food Trust - Information about school food and school food skills.
Supermarket Health Checker Tool - Use the NHS Choices Health Checker tool on mysupermarket.co.uk to cut the sat fat, salt and sugar in your weekly shop. The health checker keeps track of your trolley and suggests healthy swaps based on your favourite items.
Map of Local Wild Food

 

Colombian Fairtrade Producer meets Peterborough’s Finest

The face and voice of the Fairtrade Fortnight 2014 Campaign, Foncho a Fairtrade banana producer from Colombia, met with Stewart Jackson, MP and school children from all over the Peterborough area recently for the first ever Fairtrade School’s Conference.

School children from over 20 local schools came together at Ken Simpson Community School to learn about Fairtrade, what it is, what the benefits are and how they can get involved and help support producers like Foncho.

Stewart Jackson MP opened the Conference by challenging the children to think about where all their food and clothes come from. A strong supporter of Fairtrade, Mr Jackson said, “If everyone pays a fair price for goods it gives everyone a fair chance in life.” He urged the children to take back to their schools the message of Fairtrade so other children can understand the importance of it and be part of changing people’s lives for the better.

The Fairtrade Peterborough Group, who organised and ran the event, was thrilled to have Foncho head up the day’s activities. Foncho started by describing banana production on his family plantation and how they nurture and tend the plants to ensure a premium product is grown. He went on to explain how Fairtrade had benefitted his family and community. “Being part of Fairtrade and getting a fair price for our produce has meant that I have been able to save money to send my children to school. But not only that, we are able to benefit the whole community as we provide work. Since being part of Fairtrade our output has more than doubled and we have been able to invest in better machinery and better offices.” 

Foncho well and truly brought the Fairtrade message to life for the children, all of whom seemed to have a fantastic day. They all took part in a range of activities to learn about Fairtrade bananas, cotton and cocoa.

Olivia from Ken Stimpson School had certainly got the message when asked what she thought Fairtrade was about, “It’s about being fair, about helping people so they can have a better quality of life.”

Chris Dakin a teacher from Winyates School believes his pupils benefitted enormously from the day, saying, “It’s definitely been a worthwhile exercise and certainly improved the children’s understanding of Fairtrade.”

Many of the schools who took part are looking to start the process of becoming Fairtrade Schools, which in turn will play a part in helping to make Peterborough a Fairtrade city, which is the overall goal of the Fairtrade Peterborough Group.

Zero Waste

Zero Waste

WasteWhy we need to reduce the amount of waste:
Sending rubbish to landfill is quite literally throwing resources away; in Peterborough 21% of what we throw away is recyclable, valuable materials that could be reused.  We are running out of space for landfill.  If we keep throwing away as much as we do today we will have reached capacity of our current sites in the next few years; Dogsthorpe site is due to shut in 2017 and Eyebury in 2021.  Landfill sites produce pollution that contributes to climate change.  Reusing and recycling materials saves huge amounts of energy as less effort is needed to source and process materials.


Peterborough is already working to reduce our waste:
The current waste situation in Peterborough is: 

  • 581kg of waste was collected per household in 2010
  • 331,000 tonnes of waste arose from Peterborough in 2010 from both municipal and non-municipal streams
  • Peterborough residents recycled 43% of their household waste in 2011/12.
  • Recycling collection includes: glass, paper, cardboard, cans, aerosols and plastic bottles and we have a green waste collection for garden waste
  • Food waste collection started across the city in November 2012
  • Every year there is a national ‘Zero Waste Week’ helping to reduce landfill and save money.
  • The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Re-Use facility reprocesses and reconditions electrical goods for recycling and resale into the community, aiming to divert both large and small electrical items from landfill.

But...

  • We generate about 177 million tonnes of waste every year in England alone.


Targets:

  • Increase materials recycled or recovered at the household recycling centre from 80 to 90%.
  • Build a new Household recycling centre.
  • Seek funding to develop an action plan to reduce landfill of non-municipal waste (i.e. non-domestic).


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Hungry Harry urges more people to feed him
Going, going green in the retail world


Related links:
www.enterprisepeterborough.gov.uk

 

We are on a mission to get more people to love Peterborough

Go Green - Keep it cleanJust over 50 per cent of all household waste was recycled in Peterborough in 2013/14 with more residents using their green and food waste bins. That’s a lot of food scraps, food tins, drinks cans, aerosols, paper, card, mixed glass and cartons!

The good news is hopefully set to continue, as you can now recycle even more items in your green bin thanks to the council and its waste management service provider, Amey.

You can now use your green bin to recycle a larger range of plastics including tubs, food trays, carrier bags and fruit/vegetable punnets. New facilities also mean the council can accept cling film, aluminium foil and aluminium trays.

But it doesn’t stop there, to encourage you to keep up the good work and recruit a few more ‘green fingered friends’ along the way, the council is launching a clean and green environmental campaign in November to make the most of the Christmas recycling opportunity and promote the simple things we all need to do to help the council save money while keeping our city looking great.

It’s simple - we need more people to love Peterborough by:

  • Binning litter
  • Continuing to recycle as much as possible
  • Using the weekly food waste collection for their leftovers  (remember to wrap leftovers in newspaper if you’ve run out of your food waste bags)
  • Informing the council of fly-tippers
  • Using the My Peterborough smartphone app to report street scene issues such as graffiti, dog fouling etc

Any of the above can make a huge difference to either the amount of waste the council needs to collect or the costs of collection, using landfill or clean-up. Let’s work together to show other cities around the country that Peterborough really can be the Environment Capital of the UK.

We want to hear from you!

Why not tell us how you’re already helping keep Peterborough clean and green?
Email your photos and stories to our communications team: media@peterborough.gov.uk

 #Love Peterborough

Award-winning facility helps local charities and communities

An award-winning facility is giving back to local communities and charities, while helping to save the environment.

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Reuse facility in Fengate, Peterborough reconditions and refurbishes an array of electrical goods to sell back to the community at low prices. 

The facility, run by Amey (previously Enterprise Peterborough) in partnership with Peterborough City Council, works alongside Indesit, Ikea and DHL to offer individuals or families on low incomes and charitable organisations large and small electrical items at affordable prices.

White goods such as washing machines, fridges, freezers, dishwashers and cookers are donated by commercial companies and householders, while the highly skilled team at the facility reconditions damaged appliances to be sold.

The facility also re-uses and recycles small electrical items including TVs, vacuum cleaners, laptops, lamps and kettles.

Any equipment that is repairable is fixed or refurbished, while items beyond repair are stripped down and the good parts kept for re-use and the rest recycled.

The facility not only helps the local community but also reduces the amount of both large and small electrical items in the landfill stream.  Any items with a plug or batteries can be harmful to the environment and as such are illegal to be landfilled.

Mick Robb, Head of Waste and Recycling at Amey said: “We encourage residents to dispose of their unwanted WEEE items in a responsible manner. Small items can be taken to recycling points, Householders’ Recycling Centre (HRC) on Welland Road or collected via pre-arranged free small items collection. Bigger items can be taken to HRC or collected by us for a charge.

“If you would like to use r one of these services or need more information, please call (01733) 747474.”

The WEEE Re-use facility is based at;

Dodson House
Fengate
Peterborough
PE1 5FS

To find out more information about the facility, please contact (01733) 425454 or pop in during opening hours Monday to Friday between 9am and 3.30pm.

Hungry Harry urges more people to feed him

Unlike your brown bin contents which produces a normal compost-like material (and is available to buy at the Household Recycling Centre) the food waste produces a clean methane gas, ideal for the generation of clean, green, electricity and a nutrient rich fertilizer for farmers to spread on their crops, completing the cycle.

The Process
The process

Residents are encouraged to spread the word, tell your neighbours or relatives how easy it is to use, taking the smell away from your fortnightly collected black bin.   It is your choice whether you want to use bio-degradable bags, newspaper or nothing at all – Hungry Harry will fit inside your dishwasher for a weekly wash and the larger bin will soon rinse clean under the garden tap.

Featuring on both local news (BBC Look East) and the national ITV Tonight program, the city’s food waste collection service and it’s treatment partner Biogen have been held up in the waste industry as an example of how to do it. So far all houses in the region have the caddy’s and bins and plans are to introduce them to blocks of flats throughout the course of 2013. 

If you would like to see ideas and suggestions for how to avoid throwing food away look at the national campaign website www.lovefoodhatewaste.com. It is surprisingly easy to make leftovers into another tasty meal – just because it doesn’t get eaten on the day you make it, it doesn’t mean it needs to go into Hungry Harry!  With portion advice, meal planners to help your shop and interesting notes on food storage the Love Food Hate Waste campaign pages can teach all of us something new.

Shopping lists save you £££!  We all know that going grocery shopping on an empty stomach means you buy more, probably food that’s not even very good for you!  Make a shopping list before you go, check the quantities in your cupboards so you don’t make costly assumptions in the supermarket, and stick to that list – do not let the bright stickers and bargain prices trick you into buying what you are not going to use.

Sustainable Transport

Sustainable Transport

TC monthWhy we need to use transport with a lower environmental impact:
Transport systems are major emitters of greenhouse gases, with about three quarters coming from road vehicles. Currently 95% of transport energy comes from petroleum. Energy is consumed in the manufacture as well as the use of vehicles, and is embodied in transport infrastructure including roads, bridges and railways.

Sustainable transport systems make a positive contribution to the environmental, social and economic sustainability of the communities they serve.

What we need to do:
The aim of Smarter Travel is to get us all to think about how and why we make travel choices for all the trips we make.  It's about considering the impact our travel decisions have on others and on ourselves.

Do we need to drive to the local shop to pick up the paper or could we walk? Do we need to drive to work or could we cycle? If we have to drive the kids to school could we car share with other parents in our neighbourhood? Do we need a lift to the airport or could we get a bus?

We all know that walking and cycling are better for our health than driving and that getting public transport cuts congestion and is better for the environment. 

We need to use this knowledge to inform our choices.

Peterborough is already working towards sustainable transport:
In 2004 Peterborough was chosen as one of three Sustainable Travel Demonstration Towns and received £3.24m over five years to promote sustainable travel through a number of different schemes. The project proved successful and Peterborough City Council continued to fund Travelchoice after the DfT funding had come to an end. In 2012 the DfT announced new funding would be available to promote and encourage sustainable travel. Peterborough will receive £5m over a period of 4 years until 31 March 2015 to continue the work that was started through the original Travelchoice project.

  • Peterborough has a nationally recognised 45 mile cycle network known locally as the Green wheel
  • Peterborough has historically been known as a ‘car-friendly city’ with limited congestion and high average car travel speeds. This is due to the large scale highway infrastructure investment which took place in the 1970s, to help deliver the new town development 
  • The Travelchoice project achieved a 9% reduction in car journeys, a 12% increase in cycling, a 35% increase in public transport and a 14% increase in walking.
  • Commuting on a bike at around 10 - 11 mph will burn about 400 calories per hour.

But...

  • Our 2020 growth plans means that 9% more journeys need to be sustainable.
  • Two-thirds of all journeys in the UK are under 5 miles.


Targets:

  • Increase the number of businesses with travel plans from 30 in 12/13 to 60.
  • Increase the number of pupils receiving Bikeability training from 951 to 1300 annually.
  • To further develop a robust monitoring network to enable in depth transport modal data to be collected.


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New iPhone App to report faults in the street
Going, going green in the retail world
Let's look out for each other on the road
Parkrun coming to Peterborough?


Related links:
www.travelchoice.org.uk

 

Adult cycle training

Most adults who can’t ride a bike do not advertise that fact. But when a milestone birthday comes along or when their children or grandchildren all go off cycling and they can’t go with them they think about finally learning how to ride a bike. 

Peterborough City Council gives any resident of Peterborough a free 90 minute lesson. Local cycling instructor Sue Fowler, taught a nurse in her 30s, grandmothers in their 60s and 70s and a man of 75 who wanted to take up cycling and give up smoking. Sue pledges that anyone can be taught to ride a bike within an hour. 

Some people can ride a bike but may want to learn how to cycle in local traffic conditions or to be shown a route to work. Spring is just round the corner, please visit www.travelchoice.org.uk to book your free lesson.        

Culture and Heritage

Culture and Heritage

Why we need culture and heritage:
Our Heritage and our Culture are inextricably linked reflecting and directing modern society. They shape our view of the world through shared experiences and personal and collective responses to the built and natural environment.

Culture is influenced by the stories, buildings, employment, beliefs, traditions and aesthetics of our past, maintaining a constant link with our forebears; it was the culture of those who came before us which created the heritage we all share today.

It is the heritage we share today, which underpins modern culture. It is impossible to consider a city without culture or heritage. They help us grasp who we are, what we share, and to consider the legacy we will leave.


What we need to do:
Get involved in Peterborough’s culture and heritage:

Peterborough is already working towards:

  • Nationally unique record of continuous occupation spanning 3500 years since the Bronze Age - one hundred and forty generations of people
  • Rich geological setting which has influenced our development, from quarrying of limestones to build cathedrals to clays made into bricks which built London
  • Cathedral is the final resting place of Katherine of Aargon and Mary Queen of Scots (until removed to Westminster Abbey)
  • Important record of the enclosure of common lands in the early 19th century, as described by local “Peasant Poet” John Clare
  • Modern Peterborough has been significantly shaped by its expansion throughout the 70s and 80s as the development corporation created new homes, employment and services for an influx of 70,000 people relocated from London
  • It has over 1056 listed buildings, 29 Conservation Areas, over 200 buildings of local interest and nearly 65 scheduled ancient monuments
  • An ambition for the heritage of Peterborough will be launched in 2013
  • Peterborough Arts Festival, an annual two week festival full of theatre, comedy, music and street performance held in June/July and attracting national performers
  • Peterborough Heritage Festival is held over the last weekend in June showcasing Peterborough’s varied history
  • There are over 100 different languages spoken in Peterborough and a load of cultural festivals such as Diwali and Eid, as well as the Italian and Polish festivals.
  • Each year, Peterborough Museum hosts between 50,000-80,000 visitors.
  • Britain is ranked 7th out of 50 nations for cultural heritage.
  • 39% of English adults during 2010/11 said they volunteered at least once in the last 12 months
  • Peterborough has Ferry Meadows: The most visited country park in the UK

  • Targets:
  • Increase the number of active library members by 3% annually from a baseline of 22,971.
  • Increase the people attending theatre performances by 10% over three years from a baseline of 50,000.
  • Increase the number of people attending arts events from 40,000 to 60,000 by 2016.
  • 24 culture and heritage sessions via Greeniversity per quarter.


    Related links:
    Vivacity
    Peterborough Cathedral

 

Hot Baths for Wealthy Romans at Itter Crescent

A grand Roman villa has been recently excavated at Itter Crescent, Walton, Peterborough. For nearly 2000 years the villa had been lying under former allotments owned by Peterborough City Council.

The land is currently being developed by Bellway Homes who, according to planning regulation, have funded the archaeological excavations in advance of construction, with contributions by Peterborough City Council. The excavations have been carried out by Oxford Archaeology East.

The discovery was unexpected, as no Roman villas are known in Peterborough. In the wider area, evidence for the presence of substantial Roman buildings on the high gravel terraces have been recorded in the past, including the majestic ‘praetorium’ or palace at Castor excavated by antiquarian E.T. Artis in the 1820s and, closer to Itter Crescent, the series of buildings at Werrington (to the north) investigated in the 1960s and relatively-high status settlement remains in the Ravensthorpe area (to the south-west) known from antiquarian observations and more recent excavations.

At his site visit Roman specialist Dr Steve Upex of the Nene Valley Archaeological Trust remarked: “The villa is certainly one of the most unexpected sites that have been uncovered in Peterborough recent archaeological past, and is now the only major villa to have been excavated anywhere in the area under modern excavation conditions. The last work on villas of similar size and status was undertaken by Edmund Artis in the 1820s. Thus, the developers need to be congratulated for funding the work. Oxford Archaeology East, under the direction of Dr James Drummond-Murray (Project Manager) and Alex Pickstone (Project Officer), have undertaken a brilliant investigation, and Peterborough City Council ought to be congratulated for their input and concern over the site”.

After due consultations with Dr Will Fletcher, English Heritage Regional Inspector for the Ancient Monuments, on whether to excavate or preserve the site, it was decided that the Roman villa at Itter Crescent was worth a full investigation, its degree of preservation allowing an unprecedented understanding of layout, construction details, function and role in both local and regional contexts.

The villa at Itter Crescent consists of the remains of a substantial, high status, two-floor courtyard villa with rooms on the sides of a cobbled courtyard. The villa was built in local limestone with fine mosaic floors and wall plaster painted in bright red and green colours. Its residents enjoyed the ritual of bathing in a hot and sauna-like bath, as indicated by the remains of the sweating chambers and under-floor heating system (hypocaust). A range of lesser stone-built buildings was located to the north. These buildings were probably structures associated with farming activities carried out on the villa estate. Further buildings, also decorated with painted wall plaster, lie to the east. A small stone-built structure to the west was a tile kiln where the tiles for the roof and other parts of the villa were made. Besides the floor mosaics and the fragments of painted wall plaster, the excavations have produced a wealth of bronze finds, including coins, brooches and dress/hair pins, fine ceramic vessels for ‘special occasions’ and pots and storage jars for every-day use.

At the centre of a road network and river system, the Peterborough area has long been regarded as representing a strategic location for the movement of the Roman army and supplies and, later, for industrial production and trade. Peterborough sits on the edge of the fen, which may have represented an imperial estate directly owned by the Emperors in Rome and run by their administrators and/or military officers possibly residing at Castor ‘Praetorium’.

“Archaeologists do not find remains of imposing Roman villas on every site”, said Dr Rebecca Casa Hatton, Peterborough City Council Archaeologist.

With the exception of the Castor-Ailsworth (and Chesterton) area, Roman settlement in, and around, Peterborough has been traditionally described as consisting of a general pattern of dispersed, relatively small farms and lesser villas.

“Even allowing for damage caused by the expansion of the town, evidence for Roman occupation in Peterborough is scanty, almost giving the impression that the ‘important’ people passed through but did not want to stay. By contrast, the site at Itter Crescent indicates that some 2000 years ago Roman or Romanised members of the high class decided to make a statement of wealth and status at this very location”, added Dr Casa Hatton. “With the recent discovery of a late Roman stone-lined ‘ritual cistern’ off Bretton Way, some 2km to the west, the excavations at Itter Crescent have shed new light on the nature of Roman occupation in the Peterborough area and in the region as a whole, also offering the opportunity to fully record a newly discovered site by means of modern techniques of investigation”.

The Roman villa was probably built in the 2nd century AD but traces of earlier occupation have been uncovered, including an impressive later Iron Age settlement (c. 100BC) enclosed by a substantial circular ditch and including timber round-houses, ovens and domestic pits.

“The Roman villa is impressive, but the Iron Age settlement is equally impressive, clearly indicating the importance of the site even before the Roman period of occupation”, said Dr Casa Hatton.

The villa was abandoned in the 4th century AD and many of the walls were robbed of the stone to be re-used elsewhere.

The finds from the excavation will be deposited and preserved at Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery that will host a display in the foreseeable future. Bellway Homes have kindly donated some of the original Roman building stone to the Friends of Itter Park Association who are planning to re-use the materials in the park.

The excavation has been made possible thanks to Bellway Homes who have also kindly sponsored a series of events aimed at community engagement and school education. All excavations and events have been run by Oxford Archaeology East, with the help from local residents and students from Peterborough University Centre. “Bellway Homes were happy to assist with the funding and to work alongside the archaeological teams dealing with the excavation in what has been found to be such a significant finding within Peterborough City”, commented Gary Mills, Divisional Managing Director of Bellway Homes East Midlands.

Cathedral Survey

Peterborough is one of the largest Cathedral Cities in East Anglia without a detailed archaeological urban survey.

The Cathedral Project (HEEP Project 4733) has successfully enhanced Peterborough City Council's Historic Environment Record (HER) for the area of the historic precincts, focusing on buildings (extant and lost) and on archaeological remains.

The Cathedral Project database has been integrated with the HER and is available online. It is accompanied by an Image and Documents Database which is accessible as part of the main HER database at Stuart House.

The Cathedral Project has already demonstrated the value of the analysis and interpretation of detailed historical, archaeological and architectural information for the identification and assessment of heritage assets, also providing an accessible research resource.

External Links

Jackie Hall, Cathedral Archaeologist - Tel: (01733) 355315

Peterborough Cathedral

Equity and Local Economy

Equity and Local Economy

Why we need to invest in our economy:
The Peterborough economy is diverse and provides a range of opportunities. We are committed to growing our city, we continually see growth within our business community and new investment on a regular basis. However, we still have areas of concern; we have deprived communities and access to work is not equal across the city. We know that certain communities struggle to access employment and training, and conversely businesses can’t find skilled labour. Our key challenge is to reduce deprivation by closing the gap between our community and their ability to access work.


We we need to do:
We need to increase the Gross Value Added (GVA) to be amongst the best in the county and in doing so enable residents to attain the skills level they aspire to, sustaining employment within their chosen field.


Peterborough is already investing in our local economy:

  • 350 businesses form the largest cluster of environmental goods and services companies in Europe
  • Our GVA per head (2009) is relatively high at £23,394 (compared to £20,498 nationally and £18,536 East of England)
  • We are the second fastest city in the country for growth at 18%
  • Between October 2009 and December 2011 unemployment has fallen by 0.6%, while job vacancies have increased by 60% since September 2011.
  • The Peterborough workforce of 110,000is employed in more than 5,000 companies, including both global giants and innovative Small to Medium size Enterprises (SME’s)
  • Over 5,000 jobs have been announced in the city in the last 18 months
  • However, only 37% of the workforce is employed in higher level jobs (8% below the national average) with 27% employed ion low skills jobs.
  • The cleantech cluster is home to 5,900 jobs and has contributed £560m into the local economy.
  • In 2011, 12.6% of Peterborough homes (9,315) were in fuel poverty, a decrease from 15.6% in 2010.
  • The ‘ready to switch’ campaign offers household savings between £60 and £200.
  • The city council has entered into a strategic partnership with British Gas to invest between £5m and £20m into tackling fuel poverty in the city.

But...

  • 13 million people live below the poverty line in the UK.

Targets:

  • Increase the number of jobs in the cleantech cluster by 10%.
  • Reduce city wide unemployment by 1% annually.
  • Undertake a housing stock survey to ascertain homes in fuel poverty and subsequently target resources with the aim of achieving the Government’s target to eradicate fuel poverty by 2016.
 
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Peterborough CORE helps businesses go green

Gig upDon't get left behind - gigabit internet connectivity helps businesses operate more sustainably! 

City Centre businesses will be connected to the brand new Peterborough CORE network this month, meaning they have access to ultrafast internet offering speeds of 1000Mbps - that's 100 times faster than most current connections.

The ultrafast connectivity is set to help businesses in Peterborough operate more sustainably. Not only will cloud computing and remote data storage enable more efficient working, but seamless VOIP and skype calls will help companies reduce unnecessary travel. Another great benefit of this future-proof network is that there's no need for upgrades - pure-fibre optic internet is the most advanced technology available!

There's still time for businesses to register their interest in the Peterborough CORE

Companies can register their no obligation interest to allow CityFibre, the company behind the new network, to design an optimised route and connect businesses while construction teams are working in an area. Register now!

If you're already sold on the benefits of lightning speed internet, talk to Businesscoms to find out more about their gigabit speed services. 01733 896824.

Health and Wellbeing

Health and Wellbeing

Why we need to invest in our health and wellbeing:
Health and happiness are central to a good quality of life and we all need to invest in our own wellbeing to achieve this.  Life expectancy is lower than the English average and marked inequalities exist within Peterborough.  Whilst mortality rates for all causes of death have been falling over the last 10 years, some are falling further and faster than others. We face particular challenges with obesity, especially childhood obesity, and smoking and alcohol. 

What we need to do:
Lifestyle choices about what we eat, how active we are, what we drink and whether we smoke are key factors in improving our health and happiness.  We need to ensure a healthy diet, with our 5-a-day of fresh fruit and veg, an active lifestyle, with 30 minutes of exercise 5 times a week, and time to relax and look after our mental wellbeing.

Peterborough is already working towards:

  • Food workshops teaching 150 people how to cook with healthy and sustainable food
  • Planting fruit trees across the city and creating a wild food map to provide a source of free fruit for everyone
  • Reducing obesity through a number of activity programmes such as Mover and Shakers, Lets Keep Moving
  • Training Children’s Centre staff in food and nutrition knowledge and skills
  • Improving health through community health trainers
  • Cyclists take 50% fewer sick days.
  • Life expectancy varies across the city by up to ten years.
  • Young people’s participation in sport improves their numeracy scores by 8%.

But...

  • Approximately 37% deaths from Coronary Heart Disease are due to inactivity.

Targets:

  • Increase the number of attendances in sport and physical activities provided by Vivacity from 1.056 million to 1.3 million per annum.

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Capturing the past and present - celebrating 25 years of Nene Park
Greeniversity seeks new teachers in Peterborough
Let's look out for each other on the road
Parkrun coming to Peterborough? 


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Physical Activity Programmes

More Life
Jan Cottrell, co-ordinator for the More Life Programme for children 5 – 17 and their families reports; ‘Our 12 week programme for 5-10 years finished this week.  Overall, all families that completed the programme reduced both their weight and their Body Mass Index which is fantastic!

'I spoke to most of the parents last Tuesday evening and they were delighted with the results that they and their children had achieved, especially as they were able to plot the BMI’s for themselves, see the evidence  and compare it to their original BMI’s. The parents also recognise now where they need to make changes and verbalised how they intend to stick to new ideas that they have received during the programme. They were very proud of their children. Lots of the families gave gifts and cards to the staff, which indicated their appreciation to the hard work the staff put in. What touched me most of all during the last afternoon was watching children from different backgrounds and cultures making friends, playing together and having fun!’

Let’s Get Moving 
Our Let’s Get Moving programmes are so popular that we have recently increased the number to keep up with demand.  We have run approximately 28 programmes so far in this financial year.  Programmes run all over the city and include mixed and ladies only sessions during the mornings, afternoons and early evenings.

Smokefree Team
The National Centre for Smoking Cessation Training NCSCT has been commissioned by Public Health England (PHE) to undertake a number of projects to further enhance the support delivered by the local stop smoking services. Part of this work centres around optimal service configuation and best clinical practice.

Peterborough Stop Smoking Service has been identified as one of the top 15 performing services in England and as a result we may be offered a free independent service provider review, to take place between January and March. The aim of this work is to ascertain from top performing areas  what elements of the support we commission result in the success achieved; so that other areas can learn from us and our service providers and Peterborough will receive  national recognition for the impact this support has on the local population.

Accredited Training
The Healthy Lifestyles Team has been very busy delivering Royal Society of Public Health Accredited Training Courses. In November we delivered our L1 Health Awareness and Level 2 Understanding Health Improvement courses in a wide variety of settings – to 6th Form Students at Thomas Deacon Academy, Y10 & 11 students at Voyager and Ken Stimson Community schools, Staff and Volunteers from PCVS, long term jobless service users at Papworth Trust, Recovery College students and mental health advocates and practitioners, Community and Youth Health Champions and people with Learning Disabilities who attend the daycentre at 49 Lincoln Road.

Our learners have ranged in age from 14 to 80+, showing that learning really can be a lifelong activity!

We had some wonderful feedback from the staff at 49 Lincoln Road who said; ‘I wanted to write and commend the above training course which was delivered very effectively here by your trainer during October/November. We are looking forward to hosting a Level 2 Course in 2014. Putting it very simply, 49 Lincoln Road is a place for Adults with a Learning Disabilities to meet with a particular emphasis on learning and earning. So your course fitted beautifully into the pathway we are currently on. The Course really engaged our people and was very well delivered.’

We developed a new course, RSPH Level 2 in Behaviour Change, and delivery started for the first time on 18 December 2013 to front line staff at Papworth Trust who work with people who have been long term unemployed. It will be rolled out to other public facing and advice staff and our volunteers in due course.

Workplace Health
Workplace Health Champions Day was held in November 2013 by the Live Healthy Team, in partnership with British Heart Foundation with inaugural training and team building for our Workplace Health Champions.

Workplace Health Champions Day

Eighteen existing and potential Work Health Champions attended, from organisations and businesses across the City including Perkins Engines, Buckles Solicitors, Job Centre Plus, Environment Agency, Cross Keys Homes, Thomas Cook and HM Passport Office. The day started with sessions around the role of the Workplace Health Champion, the importance of being a Workplace Health Champion and benefits for individuals, businesses, the City and further afield. The Champions were also able to practice their health promotion skills. In the afternoon Diane Card from BHF lead a workshop on developing Health Promotion Action plans for the workplace and each Champion left with an action plan in place, and signed up for further training and development opportunities.

Comments from the day included: 

  • ‘More than met my expectations. Excellent day!’
  • ‘It was really refreshing to meet with like-minded people and I really feel re-energised and focused about going back to my workplace.’

The next Workplace Health Champions Day will be in May 2014. 

Youth Health ChampionsYouth Health Champion
Our newest volunteer Youth Health Champion Wesley Goodhead has recently joined us. Wesley is 27 years old and attends the day centre at 49 Lincoln Road where he recently completed his L1 Health Awareness training.

Wesley is going to help our trainers design the next training course, which is a L1 in Diet and Nutrition, to make it suitable for people with Learning Disabilities and will assist our trainer with delivery. He has recently completed a course with British Heart Foundation to prepare him for this.

Our trainer Abid Hussain said ‘We’re delighted to have Wesley on board, he’s shown such enthusiasm for his new role and he’ll be a great teaching assistant for future courses, as we’re looking to offer our courses at Fletton Day Centre and the Kingfisher Centre.’

Business Resilience Health Check Tool

The Business Resilience Health Check tool recently launched which is a great tool for small and medium enterprises in the area. By using the online business healther checker, it produces a bespoke report for your business as a guide to help increase resilience measures. 

The online tool is now supported by an accredited training course, developed by ClimateUK, which aims to help advisors understand how to use the tool with business clients. The training isn’t for businesses themselves but for people who have a business advisory or support function, that might include accountants, insurance brokers, Chambers of Commerce, trade associations and Local Authority business support.

Health, Wellbeing and Happiness with Live Healthy

Did you know that Peterborough City Council’s Public health Team – ‘Live Healthy’ offer lots of ways for you to take those first steps to a healthier lifestyle? 

Accredited training Courses
The Live Healthy Team offers a range of vocational one day accredited courses in the areas of Healthy Lifestyle and Wellbeing.  The Royal Society of Public Health level 1 and level 2 qualifications are taken over one full day with a short multi choice exam at the end of the day.

Courses include topics such as Health Awareness, Understanding Health Improvement, Healthier Food  and Special Diets, Understanding Behaviour Change and Mental Health and Wellbeing. The courses can be taken as a stand-alone exam or as a part of our programme to become a Workplace or Community Health Champion.

For further information please contact the Live Healthy Team on 0800 376 56 55.

Community Health Champions
Community Health Champions work in the areas of physical activity, health promotion, health eating, lifestyle changes and wellbeing.  They promote positive health and wellbeing with the community.  For example, you could be delivering physical activity sessions, such as organised five-a-side football matches or group walks or helping raise awareness of healthy lifestyles at one of our events and campaigns.

Who can be a Community Health Champion? Anyone who has bags of enthusiasm and a commitment to helping people.  You’re never too old or too young, and you don’t need special experience. You’ll gain self-confidence, new skills and qualifications that can help you find a new job or develop your career. You’ll also receive full training and support.

Qualifications are accredited by the Royal Society of Public health and you can achieve up to a level 2, so if you’re interested in a career in health and social care then becoming a Community Health is a good place to start. 

MORELIFE
Free, fun and active weekly sessions to help young people and their families lose weight and enjoy more active, healthier lifestyles.

  • Come along to our MoreLife Club and enjoy tracking your progress interactively online.
  • Take part in physical activities like dodge ball and kick boxing.
  • You’ll learn about food choices and shares experiences and challenges with other young people - parents and carers can get involved too!
  • If you struggle with your weight and would like help and advice on how to lead a healthy lifestyle whilst having fun and making new friends get in touch and book your FREE place now.

MOVERS AND SHAKERS
The sessions are run over 6 weeks and are tailored to individual needs, but the atmosphere is always upbeat, high energy and fun, with lots of interactive and exciting activities like parachute games and dodge-ball.

  • For young people who need help in getting more active.
  • Young people aged 5-10 and 11-17 years can join - parents and carers can choose to take part as well.
  • Its’ all completely free!

For more information, please call a Live Healthy team member on 0800 376 56 55.

Stop Smoking
The Live Health Smokefree service is here to help you stop smoking. Stopping smoking is not easy but with our help you can do it!

Did you know that you are four times more likely to give up smoking with specialist support combined with medication. Our Smokefree service provides specialist 1:1 support to people who wish to stop smoking. This is delivered in a range of locations including Smokefree clinics every day at the Healthy Living Centre in Princes Street which includes a clinic for women who smoke during pregnancy. Drop in clinics are also available.  

All support is, free and confidential  and our fully qualified Smokefree Advisors are there to help you stop smoking whatever your circumstances. Even if you have tried before and not succeeded, please come and see us again.  All you have to do is call FREEPHONE 0800 376 56 55 and speak to one of our friendly Live Healthy team who can book you into a clinic of your choice.

Workplace Health & Wellbeing
Because we spend so much time at work, it’s the ideal place to find out information and advice. Workplace Health Champions can help to do this in their place of work.

Workplace Health Champions are volunteers recruited within their place of work, and are fully trained to encourage & support colleagues in making positive lifestyle changes.

Many people find this work extremely rewarding and enjoy having the additional responsibility on top of their ‘day job’. People love to help others to achieve their goals and the role of Workplace Health Champion is invaluable in helping employees and businesses be healthy and prosperous.

Youth Health Champions
The Youth Health Champion project is aimed at young people between the ages of 15-24 years. The aim of this project is to educate young people about lifestyle risks to health and provide safe signposting information about local services for health and wellbeing.

Who can be a Youth Health Champion? Anyone between 15 to 24 years of age, can volunteer; you could be in full time education, in a school or academy, have a job or looking for work. You do not need qualifications, just energy, commitment, desire to help and an interest in learning about health.

You can commit to as much or as little time as you wish. Public Health (PH) will provide all the training, resources, advice and support you may need. The DBS check (Disclosures and Barring Service) previously known as CRB check, may be required. PH team will support you through this process.

What will you get out of it? Youth Health Champions gain the accredited award in Understanding Health Improvement level 2 (equivalent to GCSE grade C). If you are interested in developing your knowledge further in health then we can offer brief intervention and training in diet & nutrition, behaviour change, mental health, stop smoking, dangers of smoking shisha, physical activity, signs and symptom of cancer, drugs and alcohol as well as help with your chosen career, pathway or apprenticeship.

You will get an opportunity to gain invaluable experience by networking with the PH team and other volunteers and professionals from across the Peterborough city to enhance your job prospects/CV and a UCAS reference for those progressing to university.

For further information, please contact Abid Hussain on;

 

Parkrun is a reality in Peterborough!

The Travelchoice Team at Peterborough City Council have worked in partnership with local running clubs and Nene Park Trust to bring the parkrun event to Peterborough which is now a reality. Parkrun

Have you ever thought about going for a run but lacked the motivation to do it? Are you thinking of taking part on the Perkins Great Eastern run but you are too nervous or lacking motivation? parkrun provides the opportunity to get active and change your lethargic lifestyle forever as well as good training opportunity for the Perkins Great Eastern run.

Parkrun is a 5km running event which is successfully run at more than 15,000 locations across the country and the world. Every Saturday morning at 9am, more than 250,000 people from all walks of life get up and get moving together. It’s completely free and the only requirement is for runners to register on-line to receive their unique athlete number and identification barcode which needs to be printed before taking part. You can find more information on www.parkrun.org.uk.

The philosophy of the parkrun is the creation of open and accessible events for everyone (no matter the ability). It’s a run, not a race where people have fun while they improve their health. Travelchoice are keen to promote sustainable travel options to the event including (as part of their active travel remit) getting people walking and cycling for health and wellbeing.

Since 3rd of August, this event is held every Saturday at 9am from the community to the community. The meeting point is on Ferry Meadows green cafe. If you want more information about the course or other related to Peterborough parkrun (including volunteering for the event), please visit the Peterborough parkrun page on www.parkrun.org.uk/peterborough/

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