eNewsletter Winter 2019

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 worldsWhy 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 get involved, subscribe to our dedicated quarterly 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

Restoration work brings new life to the Great Fen

The Great Fen project aims to create a resilient living landscape for both wildlife and people protecting and connecting two National Nature Reserves.


Restoration work at the Great Fen has been ongoing for about fourteen years so far, during which much has changed both in terms of landscape, wildlife and opinions. The first part of the jigsaw began in 2004 at Darlow’s Farm, wrapping around the North and West of Woodwalton Fen, followed by a succession of other farm areas thanks to the Heritage Lottery Grant.


How the restoration process works

Restoration work itself begins once the last crops have been removed from the land. A five species grass seed mix is sown into the soil to quickly get a vegetative covering and bind the soil before it’s blown away by the notorious fen blow. Initially the grass is often overtaken by tall growing Mugwort. This is quickly taken under control by cutting, allowing the grass to take hold.



Once the grass has sufficiently grown grazing animals are brought in. The cows will break up leaf litter, allowing seed to get a hold and will also churn up (poach) the ground which creates micro habitats for other species of plants and animals.

Cows and sheep graze differently, with cows eating coarse, tall vegetation that sheep won’t eat. Sheep are selective in the way they graze preferring shorter vegetation and leaves, this tends to create a sward of a less variable height.


Challenges of working on the fens

Much of the Great Fen area is to be transformed into a mosaic of fenland habitat including, wet grassland and reedbed, but years of drainage, a legacy from growing root crops means that the land taken into restoration is usually very dry.

Survey work identified areas where fenland habitats were most likely to develop. Working with soil type, hydrology and topography enables the transition to these habitats more likely and most effective in terms of resources and cost.



As the Great Fen is in an area with one of the lowest levels of rainfall an abstraction licence held to be obtained to enable water to be taken from the surrounding drains. Water is moved through a system via gravity allowing a head of water to build up at the sluices. Boards put in place are then raised enabling water into the next section of channel. 

This was very exciting for the Great Fen team, as for the first time during 2017/18 it was possible to abstract water and fully test out the system. During this process the water level rose sufficiently to allow water to spill onto the land thereby create natural pools in areas that were previously dry.


Progress and future plans

In just a few years the vegetation has started to transition into what would be common within a wetland environment and more birds have begun to arrive and take advantage of the wetter soils for feeding and breeding. However, drier areas exist on the Great Fen boundaries and these areas are likely to remain dry due to the land topography and underlying soil type.

Although funding from the Heritage Lottery ended a year ago restoration is still continuing and many exciting changes are happening. The next phase will be to start raising water levels at Corney’s Farm and New Decoy Farm as well as at Old Decoy Farm.


Visit The Great Fen website for full project information and latest updates.

Enjoy some outdoor fun with upcoming Nene Park events

This winter Nene Park has a whole range of activities to get you out in the great outdoors! From sailing to bushcraft skills to windsurfing, there is something for all the family.


Further information on the events below can be found on the Nene Park Trust events page.



Bushcraft Skills - Charcoal Stick Making

Join a member of NPT and learn how to make charcoal sticks from wood, using a tin box and fire.

Time: 10.30am and 1.30pm, 12noon and 3pm

Cost: £5.50

Age: 7+



Nature Tots

A fun monthly outdoor parent and toddler group. Each session has a nature theme and will include a messy craft activity, time to explore the beautiful outdoors, story and songtime.

Time: 10am, 11.30am

Cost: £3.50

Age: 2yrs+



Moments with trees, end of Project celebration

Join to see the huge amount of work undertaken through this 2 year project

Time: 11:00, 15:00

Cost: free

Age: any age



Nature Tots

A fun monthly outdoor parent and toddler group. Each session has a nature theme and will include a messy craft activity, time to explore the beautiful outdoors, story and songtime.

Time: 10am, 11.30am

Cost: £3.50

Age: 2yrs+



Adult Sailing Taster

A taster designed for beginners, this session introduces the basic concepts of sailing. Learn about personal preparation, balancing and turning the boat through the wind. Taster sessions are suitable for anyone aged 16years +.

Time: 10:00, 12:00

Cost: £25 per person

Age: 16 years +



Family and Friends Volunteering: Moments with Trees

Make a difference by helping the Rangers out in the Park and supporting the Moments with Trees project

Time: 10:00 & 13:00, 12:00 & 15:00

Cost: Free

Age: 5 yrs +



Adult RYA Start Sailing Level 1

This 2 day course covers how to sail in all directions, including an awareness of launching and recovery. winds under supervision.

Time: 10:00, 16:00

Cost: £155

Age: 16 years +



Easter Holiday Trail

Collect a trail sheet and hunt for clues around Ferry Meadows. Collect a prize at the end.

Time: 10:00, 16:30

Cost: £1.00

Age: Any age.



Junior Sailing Club

Come and join our qualified sailing instructor at our Junior Sailing Club for 8 to 16 yr olds. Learn basic sailing techniques and manouvres, capsize procedures and learn parts of the boat. We will play games and generally have fun in the water.

Time: 15:00, 16:30

Cost: £20

Age: 8 years to 16 years



Nature Tots

A fun monthly outdoor parent and toddler group. Each session has a nature theme and will include a messy craft activity, time to explore the beautiful outdoors, story and songtime.

Time: 10am, 11.30am

Cost: £3.50

Age: 2yrs+



Youth RYA Sailing - stage 1

This two day course covers basic sailing skills, rope work and collision avoidance. After the course participants will be able to tack and control boat speed and understand basic principles.

Time: 10:00, 16:00

Cost: £155

Age: 8 years to 16 years



Froglife Dragon Fun Day

Hop over to the Discovery Den between 10:30am and 3:30pm for Easter holiday fun with the Froglife Dragon Finders!

Time: 10:30, 15:30

Cost: Free

Age: Any age



Froglife Wildlife workshop

Book onto this fun 1 hour workshop to learn about amphibians, reptiles and how to make your green space more attractive to wildlife!

Time: 14:00, 15:00

Cost: Free

Age: Any age



Bringing Nature Closer Walk

Join Chris Park of the project development team for a walk around the project area to find out about the project and what its aims are in terms of improvement to the wildlife habitat and viewing opportunities in the Park.

Time: 09:30, 11:00

Cost: £2

Age: 10yrs+



Wild Wednesday

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

Time: 10am, 2pm

Cost: £1 per craft made.

Age: Any age



Youth RYA Sailing - stage 2

This 2 day course covers launching and recovery, steering, parts of the boat and basic sailing. After the course participants will be able to steer and understand basic principles.

Time: 10:00, 16:00

Cost: £155

Age: 8 years to 16 years



We're Going On A Bear Hunt

Join us for crafts, storytime and a walk around the Park to find Barney the Bear.

Time: 10.30am and 1.30pm, 12noon and 3pm

Cost: £5.50

Age: 3yrs+



Bushcraft Skills: Elder Crafts

Learn how to use tools to turn Elder sticks into a variety of crafts.

Time: 10:30am and 1:30pm, 12noon and 3pm

Cost: £5.50

Age: 7yrs+



Junior Sailing Club

Come and join our qualified sailing instructor at our Junior Sailing Club for 8 to 16 yr olds. Learn basic sailing techniques and manoeuvres, capsize procedures and learn parts of the boat. We will play games and generally have fun in the water.

Time: 15:00, 16:30

Cost: £20

Age: 8 years to 16 years



M.A.D Multi Activity Days

Want something to do during the school holidays? Why not come and join in with one of our Multi Activity Days

Time: 09:00, 17:00

Cost: £37 or £170 for a week

Age: 8-16yrs



Pond Dipping

Come along to our drop in session and spend some time pond dipping and identifying the fascinating creatures you find.

Time: 12noon, 3pm

Cost: Free – donations welcome

Age: 5yrs+



RYA youth Windsurfing Course, stage 1&2

This 2 day (consecutive days) intensive course teaches participants the basics of windsurfing, including the key techniques and skills you need for success in this watersport.

Time: 10:00, 16:00

Cost: 1£55.00

Age: 8-16yrs



M.A.D Multi Activity Days

Want something to do during the school holidays? Why not come and join in with one of our Multi Activity Days

Time: 09:00, 17:00

Cost: £37

Age: 8-16yrs



M.A.D Multi Activity Days

Want something to do during the school holidays? Why not come and join in with one of our Multi Activity Days

Time: 09:00, 17:00

Cost: £37

Age: 8-16yrs



Wild Wednesday

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

Time: 10am, 2pm

Cost: £1 per craft made.

Age: Any age.



M.A.D Multi Activity Days

Want something to do during the school holidays? Why not come and join in with one of our Multi Activity Days

Time: 09:00 17:00

Cost: £37

Age: 8-16yrs



Easter Egg Hunt

Oh no, the Easter Bunny has misplaced all of his Easter eggs, can you and your family help him find them in time to for Easter!

Time: 10:30am and 1:30pm, 12noon and 3pm

Cost: £5.00

Age: 5+



M.A.D Multi Activity Days

Want something to do during the school holidays? Why not come and join in with one of our Multi Activity Days

Time: 09:00, 17:00

Cost: £37

Age: 8-16yrs



Junior Sailing Club

Come and join our qualified sailing instructor at our Junior Sailing Club for 8 to 16 yr olds. Learn basic sailing techniques and manouvres, capsize procedures and learn parts of the boat. We will play games and generally have fun in the water.

Time: 15:00 16:30

Cost: £20

Age: 8 years to 16 years



Easter Egg Hunt

Oh no, the Easter Bunny has misplaced all of his Easter eggs, can you and your family help him find them in time to for Easter!

Time: 10:30am and 1:30pm, 12noon and 3pm

Cost: £5.00

Age: 5+



Nature Tots

A fun monthly outdoor parent and toddler group. Each session has a nature theme and will include a messy craft activity, time to explore the beautiful outdoors, story and songtime.

Time: 10am, 11.30am

Cost: £3.50

Age: 2yrs+



Adult RYA Sailing - Basic Skills level 2

This 2 day course covers rigging, launching, and sailing in all directions as well as capsize recovery and essential safety knowledge. After the course participants will be able to sail and make decisions in good conditions.

Time: 10:00, 16:00

Cost: £155

Age: 16 years +



Junior Sailing Club

Come and join our qualified sailing instructor at our Junior Sailing Club for 8 to 16 yr olds. Learn basic sailing techniques and manoeuvres, capsize procedures and learn parts of the boat. We will play games and generally have fun in the water

Time: 15:00, 16:30

Cost: £20

Age: 8 years to 16 years



Family and Friends Volunteering: Moments with Trees

Make a difference by helping the Rangers out in the Park and supporting the Moments with Trees project

Time: 10:00 & 13:00,12:00 & 15:00

Cost: Free

Age: 5 yrs +



Adult Sailing Taster

A taster designed for beginners, this session introduces the basic concepts of sailing. Learn about personal preparation, balancing and turning the boat through the wind. Taster sessions are suitable for anyone aged 16years +.

Time: 10:00 12:00

Cost: £25 per person

Age: 16 years +

Natural features introduced to river at Werrington Brook

Now in it's fifth year, the Werrington Brook Improvements Project continues to work on holistically improving a sub-catchment of the River Welland.


This project involves physical works to the river, tackling a wide range of pollutants at source, and working towards behavioural change for its local communities and businesses. Inline channel works have been undertaken on stretches of the Marholm Brook, Brook Drain, Paston Brook, Werrington Brook and Cuckoo’s Hollow. 


  Old river route


This year, a previously straight section of brook with very little flow, was re-designed with the addition of 27 berms, 7 riffles, 9 silt pools and a wetland pond. The introduction of these natural river features over a stretch of 740 metres, gives the Werrington Brook a more natural meandering look.  


    New river route


These features were installed to improve the way that the brook naturally functions, restoring it to how nature intended. By changing the way that the brook flows, through the installation of the berms, riffles and pools, it has also increased the amount of oxygen in the water.  


The new natural river features will help to clean the water, create new habitats, allow extra space for water during times of flood and provide a more pleasant space for all to enjoy.


To view the original designs visit https://www.pect.org.uk/resource/aubretia/

Visit PECT'S Werrington Brook Improvements page for full project information and updates.


Working together sees improvements to green spaces

PECT and the local community group Community First, have worked alongside hundreds of volunteers to enhance and maintain communal green spaces in the Gladstone area.


Over the last 10 months the project has successfully transformed 20 green spaces, working with community members to plant flowers and shrubs. It has also brought together volunteers from local schools, community groups and businesses in the area to learn about horticulture, gain knowledge and appreciation of nature and to give them something positive to do within their neighbourhood.




In addition to improving the biodiversity of the neighbourhood, the project brought together people of many religions and nationalities, who have been united by a shared sense of purpose and pride in their community. The barriers keeping them separate have begun to break down, with people keen to get involved, either individually or as a family.





The project has also helped increase awareness of litter and anti-social behaviour in the area.  As part of the project legacy, a new group has formed to target the litter issues, holding regular litter picks and raising awareness.


If anyone is interested in taking part in any future litter picks, or helping to maintain the green spaces in the area, please contact: karen.igho@pect.org.uk

Free central heating installation for city homes

Residents in Peterborough whose properties may be eligible for a free central heating installation as part of a new scheme, are being urged to come forward.


Peterborough City Council’s Home Service Delivery Team has teamed up with eight other authorities and our consortium partner AgilityEco to secure more than £6.5 million of funding from Warm Homes Fund alongside other sources. This will enable almost 1,500 households to get a new FREE* first time central heating system, in homes that are heated by inefficient electric storage heaters, room heaters or open fires.


Running alongside the already established Local Energy Advice Partnership (LEAP), this is the first time that a central heating scheme is primarily aimed at owner occupiers and private landlord rented properties, however approximately 10 per cent of the funding can also be used in social housing.


Residents that may be eligible include those with a low household income or those in receipt of means-tested benefits. Properties which qualify for a central heating installation will also receive free* connection to the gas grid where required and may also be able to benefit from other secondary measures where appropriate.



Councillor Peter Hiller, Peterborough City Council’s cabinet member for housing, said: “We would appeal to anyone who thinks their property is eligible for a free installation to get in touch right away, “It goes without saying that it is a wholly worthwhile opportunity as winter kicks in. The scheme also confirms our commitment to ensuring that homes across the city are of the highest standard.”


Gearóid Lane, AgilityEco's Chief Executive Officer, said: “We’re delighted to have helped these nine councils to secure this valuable grant funding, enabling hundreds of people in Peterborough to replace their expensive, inefficient heating systems with new and efficient gas central heating. We’re looking forward to working with the councils to deliver this valuable help and support to those that need it most. We urge residents without gas central heating to visit the website or call the free helpline number and get their applications in before the coming winter.”


To see more information, to view eligibility criteria and to find out how to apply, visit: www.warmerhomes.org.uk.  

Alternatively contact the Warmer Homes team on 0800 038 5737 or email info@warmerhomes.org.uk.


* Subject to survey. If the property is too far from the gas grid or the installation is complex there may be a contribution required.

New urban park and community improvements on the way

Residents in the Millfield area to benefit from improved community facilities including new park, play equipment and an outdoor gym.


Peterborough City Council, in conjunction with Gladstone Connect and the local community, have successfully applied for a WREN grant of just over £97,000 to establish a new park.  


WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, biodiversity and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.


The park will be based in a green space between Gladstone Street and Bourges Boulevard. It will include an adventure trail, playground, and table tennis facilities and is planned to open this spring.



Following a public consultation earlier in 2018, in which local residents were asked for their views on how the area could be enhanced, new play equipment has been installed in Russell Street, Hobson playground and New England playgrounds.


An outdoor gym based in Gladstone recreation ground, which is the first of its kind in Peterborough, is now open. It features 12 fitness stations allowing 20 users at once to enjoy free exercise. Fitness group Solutions 4 Health will run free training sessions at the gym, which will advertised on a notice board next to the gym.


Irene Walsh, the council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “I am delighted that these much-needed community facilities will soon be available for families in the area to enjoy. We are committed to supporting healthy communities across the city and ensuring people have green spaces close by. In this instance, we’ve engaged with residents to find out what they want and worked hard with our partners to turn their ideas into a reality.”


Richard Smith, WREN’s grant manager, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting the play area improvements at Dyson Close and pleased our funding will provide such a fantastic facility for children and young families across Peterborough. WREN is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that make a difference to local communities and we’re really looking forward to seeing this one take shape soon.”

Peterborough awarded £90K towards ultra-low emission taxis

Future of Mobility Minister has announced funding for the installation of chargepoints across the East of England region, including four rapid chargers for Peterborough.


This announcement is another milestone in the delivery of the government’s Road to Zero Strategy and Future of Mobility Grand Challenge, which aims to take advantage of the extraordinary innovation in UK engineering and technology to usher in cleaner, greener journeys. Peterborough will receive 90k of funding to support this vision, allowing it to install four rapid chargepoints for purpose designed for taxis. 


Jesse Norman, Future of Mobility Minister, said: “The government wants all new cars and vans to be effectively zero emission by 2040. Getting the right infrastructure and investment in place is a crucial part of this. Today’s funding will support almost 4,000 ultra low emission vehicles across the country. It is a further sign that the UK is making real progress in the transition to greener transport.”



Richard Harrington, Automotive Minister, said: “The UK has led the world in cutting emissions while maintaining growth in our economy. “These new charge points for greener taxis will help accelerate a cleaner environment for people across the UK. This will also point the way for a better, healthier future for us all as part of the government’s modern Industrial Strategy which builds on the government’s long-standing partnership with the UK automotive sector."


It is estimated that across the East of England, 85 ultra-low emission black cabs and more than 340 ultra-low emission private hire vehicles will benefit from new chargepoints being funded by government, supporting a shift towards cleaner, greener transport.

Local school benefits from Park and Stride initiative

A newly built community car park next to Lime Academy Abbotsmede, Eastfield which is helping pupils get to class safely and has been officially opened by Councillor Azher Iqbal.


The car park has been designed using sustainable urban drainage system (SUDS) which effectively drains rain water away, helping to prevent flooding and the pavements around the car park have been made using a product called KBI Flexi Pave, which is produced using recycled car tyres, with footprints painted on the pavement leading from the car park to the school.



For parents that are unable to walk, cycle or scoot to school the car park will act as a 'Park and Stride' site, providing a safe and secure drop off location for parents and pupils at Lime Academy Abbotsmede, along with helping to alleviate congestion outside of the school.


Councillor Peter Hiller, Peterborough Council’s cabinet member for transport, said: “The safety of pedestrians and motorists is a council priority and the car park will significantly improve safety in the area. It will also alleviate parking problems in the area especially around drop off and pick up times at the school.”



Councillor Azher Iqbal was joined by pupils, staff and project partners to officially open the car park. Pupils designed 'Park and Stride' and speed awareness signs, which have been placed next to the car park entrance. For their contribution, pupils received special goody bags from the Travelchoice team, the Council's sustainable travel initiative that works with businesses, schools and the general public to influence sustainable travel choices.


Councill Azher Iqbal added: “I was delighted to open the car park, Skanska have done a fantastic job and it is going to be a real asset for the community. The school has been campaigning for road safety improvements and we will soon start a consultation with residents over the prospect of a 20 mph speed limit and one-way system near the school.”


For more information on how Travelchoice can work with your business to encourage increased active and sustainable travel please contact travelchoice@peterborough.go.uk.

City household recycling centre on the move

New centre to offer a much improved facility for residents of Peterborough to dispose of their household waste and recycling.


The current Household Recycling Centre (HRC) site in Dogsthorpe will be closing on Sunday 17 February, with a brand new site opening in Fengate on Monday 18 February.



The new HRC will be a much improved facility for residents of Peterborough to dispose of their household waste and recycling. The site has been designed to address current concerns experienced at the HRC in Dogsthorpe.


As well as being more than twice the size of the current site, the new HRC will also incorporate split level access (eliminating the need for steps whilst also keeping operational activity separate to public access); better traffic flow from a constant through road on both inside and outside levels; more space for vehicle parking as well as being undercover to improve the customer experience and reduce the likelihood of closure to adverse weather.



Initially, the site will be able to take a wider range of materials including mobile phones, spectacles, ink cartridges, books, CDs and DVDs and will be regularly reviewed to include further materials as they become viable. The site will still operate a van/trailer permit system, and all vehicle size restrictions will still apply.


New Site Opening Times

From 1 October - 31 March - Monday to Sunday: 8am - 4pm
From 1 April - 30 September - Monday to Sunday: 8am - 6pm
(Please note on Monday 18 February only the site will open at 10am due to staff training)


Visit the Peterborough City Council website for full project information and latest updates.

New quick link to the Environment Capital Newsletter

Your smartphone or tablet's home screen isn't just for apps. Whatever platform you're using, you can pin your favourite web links to your home screen so you can quickly access them. 



Launch Chrome for Android and open the web link for your eMagazine or web page you want to pin to your home screen. Tap the menu button and tap Add to home screen. You'll be able to enter a name for the shortcut and then Chrome will add it to your home screen. The icon will appear on your home screen like any other app shortcut or widget, so you can drag it around and put it wherever you like. Chrome for Android loads the site as a "web app" when you tap the icon, so it will get its own entry in the app switcher and won't have any browser interface getting in the way. Other popular Android browsers also offer this feature. For example, Firefox for Android can do this if you tap the menu button, tap the Page option, and tap Add to Home Screen.


iPhone, iPad, & iPod Touch

Launch the Safari browser on Apple’s iOS and navigate to the web link or web page you want to add to your home screen. Tap the Share button on the browser’s toolbar — that’s the rectangle with an arrow pointing upward. It’s on the bar at the top of the screen on an iPad, and on the bar at the bottom of the screen on an iPhone or iPod Touch. Tap the Add to Home Screen icon in the Share menu. You’ll be prompted to name the shortcut before tapping the Add button. The shortcut can be dragged around and placed anywhere, including in app folders - just like a normal app icon. (To create app folders on iOS, touch and-drag an app’s icon onto another app’s icon and hold it there for a moment.) When you tap the icon, it will load the website in a normal tab inside the Safari browser app.

Other browsers, like Chrome for iOS, don't offer this feature. Due to the limitations in Apple's iOS, only Apple's own Safari browser is allowed to do this.


Windows 8, 8.1, RT

Windows 8, 8.1, and RT devices also offer a way to pin web links to your Start screen. This is obviously most useful on tablets, not on desktop PCs where you don't want to see the Start screen. On the Windows desktop, you can pin web icon shortcuts to your taskbar for easier access. First, open the modern Internet Explorer browser - that's what you're probably using on a tablet, anyway, as it offers the most touch-optimized experience. Navigate to the web link you want to pin, pull up the app bar - for example, by right clicking or swiping up from the bottom of your screen - and tap the star icon. Tap the pin icon, enter a name for the shortcut, and click Pin to Start. The web link will appear as a tile on your Start screen.

Tap the tile and the site will open in Internet Explorer. Some sites offer live tile support - Windows will use an associated RSS feed to display the latest headlines and updates from a site if you pin it to your Start screen. Most sites haven't been configured to support the feature. If they have, you'll see the updates after pinning it to your home screen.


Windows Phone

The process is similar on Windows Phone. First, open the site you want to pin in Internet Explorer. Tap the More (...) button and tap Pin to Start in the menu that appears. Windows Phone 8.1 supports live tile updates from sites that have configured the feature, just as Windows 8 does. If you have another type of smartphone or tablet, it probably has this feature, too. Just open its browser and look in its menu for an option named something like "Add to home screen" or "Pin to home screen."

To remove a web link shortcut from your device's home screen, just long-press the shortcut and remove it like you would any other app icon.




Get Involved

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 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 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.

Initiatives 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 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.




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).


  • 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 2020:

  • Reduce per capita CO2 emissions to 4.5 tonnes.
  • Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) will provide energy advice support to 2,000 households.
  • 100% of schools in the area will be offered specialist support to embed sustainability via PECT.
  • Seek to take advantage of grant funding to increase energy efficiency and the uptake of renewable energy.
  • Queensgate will reduce its energy use by a further 5%.


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


City's economic potential to be unlocked with full fibre roll-out

CityFibre has committed to invest at least £30 million in the infrastructure project which will extend its fibre network to nearly every home and business in the city, starting in May this year.


Vodafone will use the network to bring Vodafone Gigafast Broadband to customers by early 2019. Vodafone Gigafast Broadband will offer customers ultrafast and reliable full fibre broadband at every stage of the connection from their home or workplace to the Internet. Unlike 97 per cent of today’s broadband services in the UK, Vodafone Gigafast Broadband doesn’t rely on old fashioned copper telephone lines. It is based solely on fibre-optic cables to give users a vastly superior online experience capable of Gigabit speeds (1,000 Mbps).


Residents and businesses in Peterborough can pre-register for the service today at www.vodafone.co.uk/broadband/ultrafast.


According to figures from industry body Fibre to the Home Council, providing full fibre to just half of all premises could result in a 1.1% rise in annual GDP. When applied to Peterborough, the city- wide fibre roll-out could unlock huge economic growth exceeding £700 million in Gross Value Added (GVA) over the next 15 years.


Peterborough is already making full use of the arterial fibre network built by CityFibre in 2013 following the award of a major public-sector contract. Most schools, council offices and the main hospital currently benefit from full fibre access, and recently, high-definition CCTV and traffic management cameras were added to the network. Hundreds of businesses are already connected and benefiting from access to affordable Gigabit speed services. The network’s extension will bring fibre within reach of thousands more.


Cllr John Holdich OBE, Leader of the council responded to the announcement: “We welcome CityFibre and Vodafone’s decision to choose Peterborough as one of the first cities in their fibre-to-the-premises roll-out. The council has worked closely with CityFibre for years to develop and expand the reach of their full fibre network. It has become a platform for our Smart City initiatives, helps us attract businesses and develop our emerging tech sector. With this extension of the project, the full benefits will soon be felt by everyone who lives and works in the city.”


Vodafone UK Chief Executive Nick Jeffery said: “We want to reinvent the home broadband experience. We were the first broadband provider to abolish line rental, we now guarantee line speeds, and from next year, we will offer customers in Peterborough Vodafone Gigafast Broadband. It will revolutionise the way people live and work, from better home entertainment, to remote healthcare monitoring and improved student access to core educational services. I am delighted that Peterborough is poised to become a UK digital leader.”


Greg Mesch, Chief Executive at CityFibre said: “Peterborough is the perfect demonstration of the benefits a third competitive digital infrastructure brings the UK market. Our network has delivered superior services, at a lower cost than BT Openreach. It has fuelled economic growth, innovation and inward investment and paved the way for us to bring full fibre to the entire city. Lessening dependence on BT Openreach and Virgin is not only good for Peterborough, its residents and businesses, it is critical for the UK as a whole.”


Economic benefits to Peterborough

Ubiquitous access to full fibre across the city will unlock a range of economic benefits across the public and private sectors. A recent study published by economic development consultancy Regeneris examined the potential economic impact of full fibre access in 100 towns and cities over a 15-year period.


The report identified the potential for up to £55m GVA growth in business productivity, innovation and access to new markets in Peterborough, while a further £25m in growth could be driven from encouraging new business start-ups.


Peterborough’s homeowners and wider property market can also expect to reap rewards from the roll-out. With access to reliable, high speed broadband becoming ever-more important to buyers, the report suggests that up to £45m could be added to the value of homes in the city.


The economic impacts unlocked by full fibre roll-outs will extend much further. Full fibre is an essential platform for the inevitable roll-out of 5G, which could mean around £293m in economic growth to Peterborough over the next 15 years. The Internet of Things and Industry 4.0, could drive as much as £106m in benefits and wider Smart City enablement, from infrastructure and services to smart energy networks, could add £54m.

Businesses ‘switching on to savings’

Small and medium sized businesses across the region have taken steps to improve their energy efficiency and cut costs, with help from the Business Energy Efficiency (BEE) programme.

Since the programme’s launch in spring this year, BEE has already supported 36 SMEs to help cut their carbon and identified over £200,000 in savings.

Using funding secured from the European Regional Development Fund, BEE offers a free service to help organisations identify energy saving opportunities. Businesses can also invest in capital projects that implement energy efficiency measures, with grants available up to a maximum of £20,000.

One of BEE’s recent beneficiaries, Web2market Ltd in Huntingdon, replaced its remaining traditional energy intensive fittings with LED lights following recommendations made by the programme. This has led to a predicted carbon reduction of 0.47 tonnes CO2e and estimated cost savings of over 10% in their energy bills.

Nigel White, Director at the company, explains: “Web2market has benefitted from the impartial energy advice and guidance provided by BEE. The analysis made financial decisions easier, ideas that we hadn’t thought of were evaluated and good suppliers were signposted. We carried out the work and are enjoying the benefits; recommended!”

Another beneficiary, Cambridge Sensotec, is estimated to see a carbon reduction of 9.9 tonnes CO2e and cost savings of £1,870: “The energy survey report was accurate and comprehensive and we are already in the process of actioning some of the recommendations,” says Mark Swetnam, Managing Director.  

The project is being delivered by the charity Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT), in partnership with Groundwork and Nwes.

BEE’s grant funding pot is limited and only available for a fixed period of time, so businesses are being encouraged to get in touch to find out if they are eligible sooner rather than later! To find out more and to register your interest, please visit www.beecp.co.uk, email info@beecp.co.uk or call 01733 882549.


Peterborough Energy welcomes 6,000th customer!

Peterborough Energy, the council's energy tariff offered exclusively for residents of the city, welcomed its 6,000th switcher at the start of this year taking Peterborough residents' cumulative savings to just shy of £1.4 million.

Councillor John Holdich, Leader of Peterborough City Council, said: "I'm delighted that 6,000 households have joined me on the Peterborough Energy tariff. The level of savings achieved by some of the customers is a good indication that many Peterborough households are still paying too much for their energy.”

The news of the milestone was followed by price hikes by ‘Big Six’ suppliers and an announcement by Ofgem that a temporary cap is to be placed on prepayment meters, following the result of the Competition and Markets Authority's two-year investigation of the energy market.

The cap aims to protect Pay As You Go (PAYG) customers who have fewer, more expensive, tariffs open to them.

Addressing Ofgem’s plan for a price cap, Councillor Holdich said: "In light of Ofgem’s announcement I’d encourage everyone to shop around. Peterborough Energy’s PAYG tariff is already below the level of the price cap.”

Formed in partnership with OVO Energy, Peterborough Energy aims to offer competitively priced electricity and gas tariffs. Recently announced as uSwitch Supplier of the Year for the third year running in 2017, OVO Energy prides itself on excellent customer service.

There are other attractive incentives too including a three per cent interest rate on account balances for customers who pay monthly and a £20 Amazon gift certificate for customers who switch and then refer others to do the same*.

For full information on switching and the Peterborough Energy incentives, visit www.peterboroughenergy.co.uk or call 0800 408 6706 for pay monthly customers or 0800 408 6710 for Pay As You Go (PAYG).

Peterborough Energy also has a dedicated home visits team to assist people with the switch and understanding their energy bills. To arrange a free, 15-minute energy savings home visit call 01733 642 272.

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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.

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.

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.


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

New Healthy Homes project for Peterborough residents

Fuel bills rising? Boiler on the blink? 

A new Healthy Homes project, run by the independent charity Peterborough Environment City Trust, aims to assist residents in Peterborough and Fenland to enjoy affordable warmth.

This community-based project, funded by the British Gas Energy Trust, aims to help local 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.

“Through a free home visit, I can advise residents on energy tariffs, available grant funding and positive behavioural measures,” explains Project Officer Sam Bosson. “Plus, in addition to this, they will receive a free home energy pack, information on the national £140 Warm Home Discount, and even home improvements for those residents who meet the criteria.”

This service is available to residents throughout Peterborough and Fenland, whether or not you own your own home. To book your free home visit call 01733 866440 or email sam.bosson@pect.org.uk. For more information about the project, please visit www.pect.org.uk/HealthyHomes.


Warm Homes Peterborough reaches milestone

The energy advice service, Warm Homes Peterborough, has reached a milestone after completing its 450th free home visit – helping residents to potentially save an average of £173 on their household bills!

The project is run by the independent charity Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) and funded by the ScottishPower Energy People Trust. It 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. 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 pack containing items to help save energy in the home.

Warm Homes Peterborough has made a big difference to many local residents’ lives. The project recently visited Mr and Mrs Withers in Orton Goldhay. Mr Withers had suffered a period of ill health due to respiratory and cardiovascular problems aggravated by the cold, meaning that it was more important than ever for the couple to keep the household warm for health and well-being.

Through helping them to access available grant funding and switching tariffs, the couple could be in line for some real savings: “Prior to the visit we hadn’t been fully aware of how expensive an ‘Economy 7’ electric meter can be if you use the vast majority of your electric in the day time, and didn’t know about the £140 Warm Home Discount that we are eligible to receive,” says Mrs Withers.

“By exchanging our ‘Economy 7’ electric meter, changing tariff and applying for the £140 Warm Home Discount we will save around £380 over the coming year, with hardly any hassle!” 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. To book your free home visit please call 01733 882540 or email hugh.smith@pect.org.uk. For further details, visit www.pect.org.uk/warmhomes.


Peterborough Energy gets greener

You’re probably aware of all the great reasons to join Peterborough Energy, but if you’re not it’s worth reminding you that you can save £233* on average on your energy bills, receive £20 vouchers for every friend you refer, as well as earn 3% interest if your account is in credit.

More than 5,700 Peterborough residents have already switched to Peterborough Energy, which is powered by OVO Energy, who scooped the 2016 Best Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency Award at the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) Awards. In addition to all of the great social and economic benefits of Peterborough Energy, the fuel mix is also one of the more environmentally friendly options available on the market.

OVO Energy continually look to reduce the carbon footprint of its tariffs year on year. Whilst OVO do not generate their own electricity and instead buy it from the energy market, they are always seeking the greenest energy at the best possible prices.

Over the past three years, OVO Energy have reduced their carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 62.3% to 183 grams of CO2 per kilowatt hour. This is a whopping 36.9% lower than the national average.

The good news doesn’t end there though. OVO Energy do not use any nuclear power and therefore aren’t responsible for any high level radioactive waste, and nor do they hide any of their fuel mix in the ambiguous ‘other’ category. The remaining 46.9% of electricity generated from non-renewables is all natural gas after the company ditched coal in 2015, further helping the reduction of CO2 emissions.

Peterborough Energy have also teamed up with Green Energy Switch to offer Home Visits to residents of the city. As well as assisting residents with their switch, the Home Visits team offer an energy saving pack filled with advice and goodies such as an energy efficient lightbulb to help everyone live a low energy lifestyle.

For more information about Peterborough Energy and to see how much you can save by switching visit www.peterboroughenergy.co.uk, or arrange a Home Visit by calling 01733 646272. Alternatively, call 0800 408 6706 for Pay Monthly, or 0800 408 6710 for Pay As You Go.


*£233 is the average saving of dual fuel pay monthly customers that have actually switched to Peterborough Energy between 01/05/15 - 31/09/16; individual savings will vary according to current supplier, location, consumption and Peterborough Energy tariff options. Should you change your mind about switching, you will have 14 days from the date of sign up to cancel your contract.


Peterborough sets out environmental targets to 2020

Two new action plans show how Peterborough aims to live within the resources of one planet by 2050.

Environmental targets for Peterborough were initially adopted in the first action plan in 2014, to be achieved by 2016. The new plans set out environmental and sustainability targets for the city as a whole and the second plan focuses on activities that can be specifically undertaken by Peterborough City Council by 2020.

The action plans are based on the internationally recognised concept of living within the resources of one planet; setting out a vision of a sustainable world where people lead happy and healthy lives within their fair share of the Earth's resources.

The plans are broken down into ten areas, each containing targets to 2020 and a vision to be achieved by 2050. Environmental targets include cutting carbon emissions, energy and water use, improving sustainable transport and increasing recycling. Other targets include creating a high skilled/low poverty economy and improving the health and wellbeing of residents.

The new plans were adopted by Full Council in April 2017 following a three week public consultation in January and February 2017. They aim to provide a clear vision for how Environment Capital will be delivered. The ‘Environment Action Plan: City Wide’ is a document that has been developed with stakeholders from organisations across Peterborough. The ‘Environment Action Plan: Peterborough City Council’ focuses on the policy position, achievements and targets specific to the City Council. 

You can view copies of the new plans at: www.peterborough.gov.uk/council/campaigns/environment-capital/ 



Peterborough Energy passes two milestones!

Peterborough Energy has recently celebrated its birthday in the best way possible - by passing the 7,000 switchers milestone!

The 7,000th switcher joined a growing band of savvy residents making the switch to the competitive fuel tariff, which launched in May 2015. On average, residents save £216 per year with the tariff. Almost £1.4 million has been cumulatively saved across the city.

Councillor John Holdich, Leader of Peterborough City Council, said: "This is a great birthday present for Peterborough Energy, and fantastic news that more households are choosing to join me on our local tariff to make significant savings for their families.

“I hope even more residents will consider making the switch which is simple and can be done entirely online, although for anyone who would prefer to speak to a customer service representative switches can be arranged by phone or during a home visit.”

Peterborough Energy offers more than just lucrative savings, boasting an excellent refer a friend scheme and 3% Interest Reward. Furthermore, Peterborough Energy’s suppliers, OVO Energy, offer award winning customer service, having been crowned the uSwitch Supplier of the Year for the last three years running.

Mr Bonham, from Westwood saved £204 with the scheme. He said: “It’s always good to make savings on your energy bills, and it makes you realise how important it is to see if you could save; it’s great to have the extra money. I’ve found the service from Peterborough Energy to be faultless.”

The scheme offers a range of Pay Monthly and Pay As You Go tariffs. Both tariffs include smart meter installations as standard.

For information on switching and all the other benefits visit www.peterboroughenergy.co.uk or call 0800 408 6706 for Pay Monthly customers or 0800 408 6710 for Pay As You Go (PAYG).

Peterborough Energy also has a dedicated home visits team, who can assist with your switch and help you understand your energy bills. To arrange a free, 15-minute appointment in the comfort of your own home call 01733 642 272.

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.


  • 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 2020: 

  • New homes to be of the highest water efficiency standard.
  • Nenescape will deliver a programme of activity to protect and promote the nature and heritage of the Nene Valley.
  • Deliver physical and behaviour change activities within the Werrington Brook catchment to improve water quality.
  • Anglian Water aim to reduce household water consumption to 125 litres per person per day and increase the number of Peterborough households on metered water supply to 86%.

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



Council drainage team wins prestigious recognition

Peterborough City Council’s drainage team has been recognised for effective surface water management after designing and installing an innovate permeable paving system, which is helping to prevent flooding at a new housing development.


The team was commended in the new build large scale category at the recent Susdrain SuDS (Sustainable Drainage Systems) awards for the paving scheme in Fleetwood Crescent, in the city's Eastfield area. Andrew Leadbetter, Sustainable Drainage Manager at Peterborough City Council, and Joely Norris, Drainage Engineer, traveled down to London's City Hall recently for the awards ceremony and collected certificates.


Drainage team win prestigious recognition

Fleetwood Crescent is located on the site of a former secondary school, with the ground made up of underlying clay soils of low permeability, meaning that any surface water will not easily seep into the soil. When the road was constructed, the permeable paving was installed on private driveways and the street to collect, clean, store and move surface water from the site.


Rainfall from the roofs of properties drains into the permeable sub-base of the private driveways where it is filtered and cleaned. The water is then moved through a short connecting pipe into the sub-base of the highway where further treatment can take place. A perforated pipe then collects and moves the water to an adjacent surface water sewer in nearby Park Lane. The road is a trial site for the adoption of permeable paving and the design is helping the authority to better understand and develop the use of permeable paving.


Andrew Leadbetter, Sustainable Drainage Manager at Peterborough City Council, said: “We're delighted to receive such prestigious recognition, it is testament to the team's hard work through effective engagement with the designers and then the installation of such an effective system. So far the system has been extremely effective and we will continue to monitor it with a view to it being used in future developments."


A spokesperson for Susdrain said: "Fleetwood Crescent was commended for good collaborative work with Highways Authorities, the use of roof runoff and permeable paving and its good approach to adoption."

Innovative campaign highlights our drain waste dangers

The dangers of pouring waste down roadside drains is being highlighted as part of an innovative campaign which sees yellow fish painted on pavements.


The Yellow Fish campaign was launched by the Environment Agency and is centred on an international approach to protecting the environment.


It is based around the idea of painting a yellow fish symbol beside drains to remind people that any waste entering them may go directly to the nearest stream, river, lake, canal, beach or bathing water - causing pollution and killing wildlife.


Peterborough City Council is supporting the campaign and has teamed up with two city schools - Norwood Primary and Werrington Primary to help spread the message.



Working with our partners Anglian Water, officers have spoken to pupils about the dangers of pouring waste down drains and invited them to take part in a competition in which pupils were asked to come up with their own yellow fish designs, with a winner from each school chosen by the council's drainage team.


The winners, Thomas Sharpe (9) from Norwood Primary and Lucy Ollerton (10) from Werrington Primary will be presented with an image of their design and then watch a graffiti artist paint the image outside their schools and also along the school road.


Andrew Leadbetter, Sustainable Drainage Manager for Peterborough City Council, said: "We think this campaign is a great way of highlighting a very important issue. Seeing a big bright colourful fish and a message next to a drain really makes people take notice.


"The campaign has been successfully nationally and we're confident that will be the same in Peterborough. We've really enjoyed getting the schools involved, seeing the pupils enjoy themselves and learn about the environment. We'd now ask everyone to spread this message."


An Anglian Water spokesperson said: “Roadside drains, which are managed by local councils, are only designed to take rainwater. Unlike our drainage network flow from roadside drains is not treated before it ends up back in our rivers and seas which is why it’s even more critical that we do not tip waste down drains. We all have a responsibility to care for and protect our environment and the Yellow Fish campaign is a great way of raising awareness of this issue.”


To highlight how serious the issue is, the council's drainage team has revealed some of the items that have been previously found in drains in Peterborough:

  • Empty vodka bottles
  • Household paint
  • Wallpaper paste
  • A home which had a bad smell in drain outside. Drainage engineers came round and realised that previous homeowners had installed an on-suite and connected the sewage pipe with the main drain pipe (hence the smell in the roadside drain).


For more information about the Yellow Fish campaign visit the council website.

For information and advice on drainage visit Anglian Water or the council's drainage page.

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.


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

Peterborough paving the way with sustainable drainage

Peterborough City Council have implemented innovative permeable paving technology, designed to mimic natural drainage, in two locations across Peterborough. 

Traditionally rainwater from roads flow across the surface and into a network of underground pipes that takes the water to the local watercourse and rivers. The pipes move the water and any pollution it contains quickly into these rivers which can cause flooding and damage to the environment. One way of reducing the pollution and slowing the water down is to use permeable paving instead of traditional road surfacing.

Permeable paving looks like normal block paving from the surface but has gaps between the blocks that allow the water to pass through the road surface. Underneath those blocks the water passes down through layers of grit and stone which help to remove pollution and slow down the water before it can soak into the ground as it would have done naturally before the road was built.

If the subsoil is clay then a permeable pipe can be placed under the grit and stone to collect the water and drain this through a pipe into a river. This water is then cleaner and slower moving than it would have been with a traditional drainage system.

These systems have been approved for a number of years on new developments in Peterborough but more recently Peterborough City Council are starting to adopt permeable paving systems themselves.

Two such locations in Peterborough include; the recent regeneration of the car park on Central Avenue where a traditional construction car park was replaced with permeable paving allowing the water to soak into the ground and mimic the natural process rather than be carried away in pipes. Another location is a Cross Keys Homes development of 28 new houses known as Fleetwood Crescent where the council are adopting the road. Once Fleetwood crescent was built the paving was tested by dropping water on the surface and a video of this can be found on YouTube.

If you want to know more about SuDS or permeable paving then please contact the council’s SuDS Team drainage@peterborough.gov.uk or visit their website www.peterborough-suds.org.uk

Improvements to Marholm Brook and Cuckoos Hollow

Wildlife, water and communities are benefiting from improvements to Marholm Brook and Cuckoo's Hollow 

The Werrington and Marholm Brook Improvements programme is delivering improvements to water quality and local habitats in Peterborough.

This five-year partnership, led by the city council and the Environment Agency with support from Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) is in its second year and the area of work includes Marholm Brook, Werrington Brook and Cuckoo's Hollow. Starting with a 417-metre stretch of Marholm Brook, near Lincoln Road, the programme includes work to replicate the way a natural stream flows by putting new natural river features back into the brooks to improve the way they function. At the moment, during dry periods, the area experiences very low flows and a lack of important dissolved oxygen, needed for healthy habitats and wildlife.

The work includes increasing the number of meanders, re-shaping banks, creating a small wetland, and introducing several natural river features like riffles, berms and pools. These will all work together to create a natural processes that, in turn, will help clean the water, create new and better wildlife habitats, keep the stream healthy and provide a more pleasant space for all to enjoy. This will also make the river more resilient to changing weather and environmental conditions, with the works having been carefully designed to have no negative impacts on flood risk.

Rob Price, Catchment Coordinator at the Environment Agency, said:

“The Werrington Brook Improvements programme will create an even better environment for people and wildlife, bringing additional social, well-being and economic benefits to the area. 

“Healthy rivers and habitats encourage a cleaner environment which results in a more diverse and healthier wildlife, making green spaces even more attractive for all to enjoy. In turn, people make the most of them, like taking more walks, exploring and enjoying their surroundings which helps improve health and well-being.”

The works follow a public consultation held last winter and form part of a wider programme to deal with pollution and encourage communities and businesses to engage closer with the water environment. Further improvements are planned for eight more stretches of water between Marholm village and Cuckoo’s Hollow Lake.

This work will help improve and keep the national water quality environment standards of the streams in this area. The success of the improvements will be closely monitored and used to help plan further developments in Peterborough and elsewhere in the country.

The programme is part funded by Environment Agency and Peterborough City Council who aim to attract other partners to help deliver the work.

For more information about the Werrington Brook Improvements programme see www.pect.org.uk/werringtonbrook   


Meanwhile, the large scale maintenance at Cuckoo's Hollow in Werrington is nearing completion, to the benefit of wildlife, local residents and the wider city.

The £86,000 project, led by Peterborough City Council, has focused on cutting back reed growth and reducing silt levels, to improve water flow, reduce flood risk and lead to greater water quality and increased biodiversity. The works will also result in enhanced views across the area. Popular with wildlife and local walkers, Cuckoo's Hollow is an area of green space in Werrington with a picturesque lake that is fed by Werrington Brook.

Councillor Nigel North, cabinet member for communities and environment capital, said:

"Peterborough has many hidden gems like Cuckoo's Hollow, which help make the city such a great place to live. It's essential that we look after our natural environment, both for the wildlife that live there and for local residents to enjoy.  

"The project has gone well and we have worked closely with the Environment Agency and the charity Peterborough Environment City Trust to minimise any impact to wildlife and to improve the area by creating a haven to encourage wildlife to flourish in the future.

"In the long-term, the Werrington Brook Improvement programme (WBI) will enable the lake to become more self-sustaining. There will be further work to the lake in the next three years, but public feedback supported our plans for urgent removal of reed growth."

A large amount of silt has been removed from the lake and is now drying on a section of the bank. Once drained, the silt will be landscaped and seeded with grass and wildflowers to improve biodiversity in the area. More information on the work can be seen at http://www.peterborough-suds.org/cuckoos-hollow/.

The flow of water into Cuckoo's Hollow and sediment management will be further improved by the five year Werrington Brook Improvements programme.







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.


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

Targets to 2020: 

  • Increase the number of local sites in positive management to 82% and maintain going forwards.
  • Plant 24,000 trees in specific parts of the city to increase canopy cover as part of the Forest for Peterborough project.
  • Seek funding to develop a natural capital budget for the city. 
  • Subject to funding designate two new local nature reserves.
  • Champion net biodiversity gain in new developments.

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City park retains Green Flag award for 16th consecutive year

Central Park in Peterborough has been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as one of the very best in the country - for the 16th year in a row.


The park is among a record-breaking 1,883 UK parks and green spaces to receive a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space. It is the 16th consecutive year that the park, which is maintained by Amey on behalf of Peterborough City Council, has won the award.


This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.


James Collingridge, Head of Environmental Partnerships at Peterborough City Council, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for the 16th year in row. We are committed to creating the UK's Environmental Capital. This is an achievement which we are extremely proud of. We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining to such a high standard."



International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme, with more Green Flags awarded this year than last year. Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. We are proud to have so many wonderful green spaces in the UK for people to enjoy, and hope that next year, we award even more flags.”

Dedicated Railworld Wildlife Haven volunteer awarded MBE

A dedicated volunteer who has devoted years of his spare time to creating a popular wildlife haven has been awarded the MBE.


Brian Pearce has helped to transform a derelict piece of land in Peterborough city centre into the Railworld Wildlife Haven over the past 25 years. 


He recently received written confirmation that he was to receive the unique honour, which is awarded by the Queen and recognises outstanding service to a community. The news follows hot on the heels of the haven winning a Queen's Award for Voluntary Service which was announced last week.


Over the past quarter of a century, the haven has become a popular attraction for volunteers and its learning centre and model railway regularly welcomes schools and organisations from across the region. 


Brian said: "When I got the letter I was stunned and it's still sinking in to be honest. I could not have achieved anything without the help of all our volunteers and companies who have helped us over the years for free. This award belongs to everyone involved and it is a great honour.


"This is my job and my passion, it's what I do every single day, so for me it's no different to any other line of work. I'm just lucky that I've had a great team of people to help me out. The haven shows what is possible when people come together with a shared goal. It feels great to be able to put something back into the community and see people young and old come along and enjoy themselves."


Brian added that he is waiting for an official date to receive his MBE but was 'tremendously excited' by the prospect of meeting royalty.


Councillor Irene Walsh, the council's Cabinet Member for Communities, said: "This is a fantastic honour for Brian and the city of Peterborough as a whole. Brian has worked tirelessly over the years to create an outstanding community facility and he is most deserving of this prestigious accolade." 

Helping our wild birds, how your bird feeder could be the answer

Wild birds are at risk of a number of serious diseases at our garden bird feeders, according to a collaborative study led by scientists from the Zoological Society of London.

The study found that while there are multiple benefits of additional food resources for wild birds, particularly during the harsher winter months, garden feeding can also promote the transmission of some diseases – not least by encouraging birds to repeatedly congregate in the same location, often bringing them into regular contact with other species they wouldn’t otherwise interact with so closely in the wider environment. Risks can be increased if hygiene at feeding stations is poor, allowing stale food, food waste and droppings to accumulate.


The research, conducted in partnership with the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) and Fera Science Ltd, analysed more than 25 years’ worth of data on the occurrence of wild bird health threats, focusing on protozoal (finch trichomonosis), viral (Paridae pox) and bacterial (passerine salmonellosis) diseases. Members of the public contributed their observations via national ‘citizen science’ projects, highlighting the ongoing importance of these surveys in helping scientists track the evolving health threats facing garden wildlife.

Photo credit: BTO-John Harding


Commenting on the study, lead author Dr Becki Lawson from ZSL’s Institute of Zoology said, “Our study shows how three of the most common diseases that affect British garden birds have changed both dramatically and unpredictably over the past decade, both in terms of the species they affect and their patterns of occurrence."

“Both finch trichomonosis and Paridae pox have emerged recently, causing disease epidemics affecting large numbers of birds, while passerine salmonellosis – previously a common condition – appears to have reduced to a very low level. These conditions have different means of transmission – so deepening our understanding of disease dynamics will help us develop best practice advice to ensure that feeding garden birds also helps to safeguard their health”.


How you can help

The study makes a number of evidence-based recommendations to maximise the benefits but minimise the potential risks associated with feeding wild birds. When disease outbreaks do occur, people are encouraged to report their observations (e.g. lethargy or unusually fluffed-up plumage) to the Garden Wildlife Health (GWH) project; seek veterinary guidance; and consider a temporary halt to garden feeding in order to encourage birds to disperse, reducing the risk of  further disease spread.

Commenting further, co-author Kate Risely from BTO said, “We’re calling on everyone who feeds wild birds to be aware of their responsibilities for preventing disease. Simple steps we’d recommend include offering a variety of food from accredited sources; feeding in moderation, so that feeders are typically emptied every 1-2 days; the regular cleaning of bird feeders; and rotation of feeding sites to avoid accumulation of waste food or bird droppings."

Anyone can join the battle against wildlife disease by contributing vital data to the nationwide GWH project, a collaboration between ZSL, BTO, Froglife and the RSPB.  Find out more at https://www.gardenwildlifehealth.org



In our story Help A Hedgehog (September 2017) we originally included a photo of an exotic hedgehog when referring to the European hedgehog. Please note exotic species are completely separate, requiring different environment conditions, habitat and care needs. Apologies for our error.

Killer shrimp? Meet the aliens invading our waterways

What do Killer Shrimp, Floating Pennywort, Quagga Mussels and Himalayan Balsam all have in common? The answer: they’re part of range of plants and animals from overseas invading our waterways, ponds, rivers, canals and lakes.


These plants and animals make their way over to our waters from all around the world either intentionally by being imported, or accidentally by hitching a lift for example in recreational equipment or the bottoms of boats. And they can cause huge damage to ecosystems - even wiping local species out.  


We caught up with Chris Gerrard, Head of Biodiversity for Anglian Water to find out more about these invasive species:


“Invasive, non-native species can come in all shapes and sizes; from Floating Pennywort, a green leafy plant, to Killer Shrimps, which despite their small size can devastate native populations of insects, to Zebra Mussels which can multiply fast and clog up the intake pipes which come from our reservoirs.


We first discovered Killer Shrimp in our Grafham Water reservoir in 2010, and more recently in another of our reservoirs, Pitsford Water, in 2015.  Since then we’ve worked with the Environment Agency, DEFRA and our angling community, amongst others, to put in place clear guidelines for anyone using our reservoirs. We use the Check, Clean, Dry procedure.


Killer Shrimp, photo credit Environment Agency    


Check: Anglers should check all clothes and equipment for any visible mud, plants or animal matter and, if found, leave these at the water body, in particular the seams and seals of boots and waders where plants and animals can be hiding!


Clean: Equipment should be hosed down and cleaned on site.


Dry: All clothes and equipment should be thoroughly dry for 48 hours before it is used elsewhere. Some non-native species can survive for up to 15 days in damp conditions and up to 2 days in dry conditions, so the drying process can really help stop the spread.


Invasive non-native species are a growing problem for the water industry so it’s in our interest to make sure we’re promoting Check, Clean, Dry and preventing their further spread. Not least they can be a very costly problem. It’s estimated the water industry spends £7.5 million each year managing these species.


Anglian Water staff play an important role in managing this biosecurity. We train our staff on the check, clean, dry method and our operational staff have guidebooks to help them identify and report sightings of the species, so we can deal with problems quickly.”


What are the top 5 invasive species?



1. Zebra and quagga and mussels

Originally from the Ponto-Caspian Region of Eastern Europe, populations of these mussels can multiply fast and clog up the intake pipes that come from our reservoirs. They also help to encourage the growth of blue-green algae, harmful to humans and many wildlife species. Anglian Water spends thousands of pounds every year dealing with zebra mussels.



2. Killer shrimp

The natural home of the killer shrimp is the tributaries of the Black Sea and Caspian Seas. But now they can be found in large numbers at Grafham Water reservoir and Pitsford Water reservoir. As the name suggests they are an aggressive species, killing native wildlife, including some fish. They are voracious breeders and impossible to eradicate – however we can help to slow their spread.


3. Himalayan Balsam

This plant, originally from the Himalayas, was introduced as a cultivated plant in gardens in England in the 19th Century but later began to take over riverbanks, easily outcompeting native plants. When it dies back in winter it leaves river banks vulnerable to erosion. This causes sedimentation which is expensive for us to clean up from the water.


One way to help the fight against Himalayan balsam is to download the Plant Tracker app, developed by the Environment Agency and Bristol University, to help submit sightings.


Anglian Water is also helping through the RiverCare project which helps local volunteers to keep their local stretch of river litter-free and free of invasive plants.



Himalayan balsam, Crown Copyright 2009, photo credit GBNNSS


4. Japanese knotweed

This fast spreading plant was first recorded in the UK in Glamorgan in 1886 and is now a major headache for gardeners. It is often found on river banks and can even grow through concrete and gaps in floors and patios, causing expensive damage. It needs to be removed carefully and legally, so if you find it on your property, take specialist advice before doing anything. We’re on the look out for it on our sites – the sooner we get rid of it the less damage it will do.


5. Floating Pennywort

Originally from North America, this floating plant can grow up to 20cm a day and rapidly spreads across ponds, slow flowing stream and rivers. It out-competes native species by blocking out light and causing de-oxygenation. The dense mats it forms chokes drainage systems, block waterways, block filters and intakes, prevent angling access, and increases the risk of flooding.


For more information visit the Anglian Water website and search ‘biodiversity’.


Help a hedgehog

With hedgehogs disappearing from our countryside as fast as tigers are worldwide, here are some top tips for how you can help the humble hedgehog. 

Regularly voted the nation's favourite animal, hedgehogs are also a gardener's best friend - eating up to 60–80g of invertebrates nightly. Despite this, hedgehogs are in trouble. Surveys reveal that there has been a decline in urban hedgehogs of about a third since the turn of the century and by up to three-quarters in the countryside. There are now thought to be fewer than one million hedgehogs left in the UK. In the 1950s, the number was estimated at 36.5 million.

Humans have caused this decline, from the development of green spaces, fragmentation of habitat, and traffic - an estimated 100,000 hedgehogs are killed on the roads each year. There is also less food for them. A study found that between 1989 and 2013 the biomass of invertebrates – a vital component of the hedgehog diet – had fallen by nearly 80%. In the countryside the loss of hedgerows has been a major cause of decline. 

Gardens, hedgerows, woodlands, grasslands, parkland and cemeteries are all important hedgehog habitats. Adult hedgehogs travel between 1-2km per night over home ranges between 10-20 hectares in size. In suburban areas, this means they range over entire housing estates and neighbourhoods. Combined, our gardens provide a space for wildlife larger than all our National Nature Reserves, so by gardening in a wildlife-friendly way, we can help our spiny companions to find a home and move safely between habitats to find mates and food.

In Peterborough, as part of the Council's green infrastructure plan we are planning to identify important corridors for wildlife and aim to improve habitat connectivity, benefiting hedgehogs as part of this. We also consider hedgehogs in planning applications by advising that gaps are left in any new fences to allow them to move through the area and encourage wildlife friendly gardens/ landscaping wherever possible.

We've put together a list of ways you can help make an environment suitable for hedgehogs in your garden, neighbourhood or community, with information from The Wildlife Trust and the British Hedgehog Preservation Society. 

How can you help a hedgehog?

1) Create hedgehog highways

Hedgehogs need to be able to roam far and wide in search of food, mates and nesting sites. Make sure hedgehogs have easy access to your garden. Ensure boundary fences or walls have a 13cm x 13cm gap in the bottom to allow hedgehogs to pass through. Get together with your neighbours to cut a hole in your fence or dig a channel beneath garden boundaries to connect your gardens. You can download advice about how to do this and record your hedgehog hole at hedgehogstreet.org.

Keep an eye out for neighbours doing work on their gardens, or using fencing contractors - this is the perfect opportunity to get a hedgehog hole put in and influence connectivity.

2) Hedgehog hideaways

Provide a nesting site - Log and leaf piles, wilderness areas and purpose-built hedgehog homes make great places for hedgehogs to nest and hibernate. Fallen leaves also make the perfect nesting material, so make sure you don’t clear all of these away! Try to pile these in quiet, undisturbed corners of your garden to allow hedgehogs a safe, secure area to breed and hibernate. 

Build a hedgehog home - Offer your local hedgehog a safe place in your garden by building or buying them a home. This offers a hibernation site safe from predators in the winter. It may also be used as a nesting box for a mother and her hoglets in the warmer months. They are simple and cheap to make! Have a look at Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust's sheet to create your own

3) Wild gardens

Grow a wide variety of plants - Attract plenty of natural hedgehog food by keeping your garden diverse with a wide variety of habitats. Hedgehogs particularly like big, crunchy beetles, earthworms and slugs. Mulch beds with garden compost will encourage plenty of earthworms, woodlice and beetles as it begins to rot down while wood piles encourage a rich feast of earwigs, centipedes and woodlice! Don’t be afraid to let your grass grow a little wild and leave some leaf litter – as both are important homes for the hedgehog’s prey including ground beatles and leatherjackets! Or you could keep a corner of your garden wild to offer shelter, protection and natural food for hedgehogs and other wildlife.

4) Set up a feeding station

Provide a shallow dish of fresh water for all wildlife, and food such as hedgehog food, meaty cat or dog food, cat biscuits, CHOPPED UNSALTED peanuts and sunflower hearts (not seeds) for hedgehogs, especially during long dry spells.

Set up a feeding station by cutting a clear hole in a plastic storage box and weighing down the lid with bricks: this will stop cats and foxes taking the food. If you are worried about attracting rats, don't put out grain-based foods on the floor and take in any excess food when your hedgehog has been for a visit.

5) Safe strimming

Check areas thoroughly for hedgehogs and other wildlife before strimming or mowing.

6) Say no to slug pellets

Hedgehogs hoover up over 100 invertebrates, such as snails, slugs and worms every night, so no need to use poisonous slug pellets! As well as damaging their food chain, these can also harm hedgehogs so avoid using pesticides and slug pellets in your garden. Use organic methods instead.

7) Litter free = happy hedgehog

Dispose of litter responsibly. Every year hedgehogs are injured by litter and starve to death by getting trapped in discarded rubbish.

8) Hedgehog hazards - how to stop them getting trapped

Hedgehogs have poor eyesight but are quite curious, meaning they fall into holes and get stuck, so make sure you cover up any open drains and gullies. Hedgehogs are good swimmers but can become trapped in ponds or pools with sheer sides. Provide a gently sloping edge or ramp if possible or place half submerged rocks or stones in the water as an escape for them.

Keep pea netting 22-30cms (9 - 12”) off the ground so hedgehogs can pass under and plants will grow to the netting.

Cattle grids can be a problem, hedgehogs fall in and become trapped, a simple ramp placed in the grid will save lives. The surface should be rough to enable the escapee to gain a foothold.

9) Take care on the roads

Hedgehogs are nocturnal so are often seen out at night. A hedgehog’s natural defence mechanism is to roll into a ball - this is no match for a motor vehicle.

10) Last but not least! This November, think about hedgehogs around bonfire time.

Bonfires offer a tempting home for a hedgehog. Every year numbers of hedgehogs die or suffer injuries due to bonfire piles not being not checked before being lit. To help prevent hedgehogs and other wildlife from suffering, it is advised by The British Hedgehog Preservation Society to avoid building your bonfire until the day it is going to be lit - this will reduce the chances of hedgehogs taking up residence in the bonfire pile for hiberation. Always make sure you build your bonfire on clearground (not on top of leaf litter). Ideally, collected materials should be re-sited just before the fire is to be lit. If this is not possible, the base should be lifted up with poles or broom handles (not a fork!) and a torch shone in to look for any wildlife or pets in need of rescue before lighting.


Encourage hedgehogs into your garden, but you should never just move one in from another area, as it may well have a nest of dependent young that you would be condemning to death.

What do I do if I find a sick or injured hedgehog

If you’re concerned about underweight hedgehogs or hedgehogs active in winter, provide tinned cat or dog meat and fresh water. Contact your local rescue centre for advice before intervening. The British Hedgehog Preservation Society can offer advice and help you find a rescue centre near you. Visit their website here or email them at info@britishhedgehogs.org.uk.

How can I help to involve others?

Do you want to get others excited about hedgehogs? That's great news! Why not post some leaflets around your neighbours to make them aware of the Hedgehog Street campaign (www.hedgehogstreet.org/).

If you live in a flat, try to influence the management of local green space by attending management meetings or joining the 'friends of' group.

There is also a local environmental records centre website for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough: www.cperc-record.org.uk where you can report any hedgehog sightings to enable us to build up a clearer understanding of where they are.



The British Hedgehog Preservation Society - A guide to helping hedgehogs: www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk/leaflets/A-guide-to-helping-hedgehogs.pdf 









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.

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.

93,609 trees planted through Forest for Peterborough project

The independent charity Peterborough Environment City Trust is celebrating another successful planting season with the Forest for Peterborough project.

"Since the project launched in 2010, Forest for Peterborough has planted an amazing 93,609 trees across the city,” explains Project Officer Simon Belham. “Our last planting season ran from October 2015 through to March 2016, during which time 6,000 trees were planted with fantastic help from all our wonderful volunteers.”

“We are so grateful for the support of our volunteers and the hard work they put in to improve the local environment for the benefit of residents and wildlife – none of this could have been achieved without them. A special thank you goes to the Mick George Community Fund for funding the project this year, plus extra support we received from IKEA Distribution and Buckles Solicitors,” says Simon.

The Forest for Peterborough project was launched in 2010, and it aims to plant over 180,000 trees by 2030, which is one tree for every person living in Peterborough. In an area where tree coverage is below the national average, the project aims to create a network of wooded areas to improve our green spaces.

PECT delivers projects which make a real difference to local communities. Support PECT’s work by donating, simply text PECT20 and the amount you want to donate to 70070 (texts are free and 100% of your donation goes directly to PECT.)  For more information, visit www.pect.org.uk or call 01733 568408. Plus find PECT on Twitter @SustainableCity.




Nene Coppicing and Crafts

Nene Coppicing & Crafts is a voluntary group dedicated to promoting heritage woodland skills, conservation and crafts. Join the group for event days, volunteering and to buy locally and sustainably produced goods.

Nene Coppicing & Crafts has grown out of a funded project run by the independent charity Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT). Join them for regular Conservation and Craft Days, every Tuesday, Thursday and last Saturday of the month from 10am until 4pm, and learn traditional skills associated with our ancient woodlands:

  • Practical Woodland Management
  • Wildlife Surveying
  • Traditional Woodcraft & Carving
  • Woodland History Research
  • Bush Craft
  • Kids Club

Please be prepared to take part in all activities as class sizes are limited and will rotate accordingly. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear, taking into account mosquitoes, thorns and Britain’s unpredictable weather!

Children are welcome but will require parental supervision and may not be able to take part in all activities. 

Locations change weekly. If you wish to join any of the woodland sessions, please contact beforehand for up to date information by emailing nenecoppicingandcrafts@gmail.com 

If you would like any further information please visit www.nenecoppicingandcrafts.co.uk

Wildlife monitoring and habitat conservation

Help the local environment and step out into nature with Froglife's events to monitor reptiles, amphibians, butterflies, dragonflies, birds, bees and all things great and small. 

Environmental charity Froglife organise a wide range of events throughout the year to suit people of all ages, abilities and levels of experience. 

Since 1989 Froglife has been at the heart of efforts to conserve native amphibians and reptiles. Throughout this time they have initiated a number of national and regional projects, and remained a central voice for public advice on issues surrounding reptile and amphibian conservation.

Froglife’s work falls into three strands: on the ground conservation, environmental education and communication (the provision of advice/information).

The events coming up in September and October 2016 in Peterborough include:

  • Butterfly Walk at Hampton Nature reserve
  • Water Vole Survey at Hampton Nature Reserve
  • Wildlife Monitoring and Habitat Improvement at Boardwalks Nature Reserve
  • Reptile Surveys at Hampton Nature Reserve

For more information and how to take part in one of the events, visit: www.froglife.org/what-we-do/events/

99,506 trees planted in Peterborough by local charity!

The city of Peterborough is showing its ‘green’ colours, as the Forest for Peterborough project continues on its mission to plant one tree for every person living in Peterborough by 2030.

Forest for Peterborough, which is run by the charity Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) has so far planted a total of 99,506 trees, with just under 6,000 trees planted this season.
Forest for Peterborough aims to plant over 180,000 trees in and around the city and surrounding countryside by 2030. PECT wants to improve tree coverage to create a network of wooded areas, improving our green spaces, the quality of air we breathe, and also making sure that Peterborough is less vulnerable to the effects of flooding and other extreme weather. The tree planting will change the city’s landscape, forming a vital network of wildlife corridors and green spaces.

This year, the planting season concluded with a successful tree giveaway at Serpentine Green in Hampton, as part of National Disability Awareness Month, which brought together a showcase of charities and community groups across the city. Residents of Peterborough could collect their free Crab Apple trees, with the aim of encouraging them to plant it in their gardens to increase tree coverage across Peterborough. Throughout this season, the project has seen a range of people getting involved, from families and communities to a variety of business groups all joining in as volunteers.
Project Officer Simon Belham explains: It has been a busy season but made so enjoyable by all the helpers we have had join us on event days. I would just like to say thank you to everyone who took the time to don a pair of gloves, grab a spade and a tree and help out with the planting. Our project can only be made possible with each and every person who volunteered.”
Thanks also go to Peterborough City Council for supporting the project’s 2016/17 season.
Next season brings with it exciting prospects, including the chance of reaching a milestone of planting the 100,000th tree! But for this to happen, the project is in need of land for these trees to grow.
The focus now turns to you. In readiness for the next tree planting season, starting in October 2017, Forest for Peterborough needs to secure new pockets of land where more trees can be planted.
If you have land or know anybody who has available space and an interest in creating a new woodland, forest, shelterbelt or wildlife copse, make sure to get in touch. Please contact Simon Belham, Forest for Peterborough Project Officer, on 01733 882545, or mobile 07715 372432, or you can email simon.belham@pect.org.uk


Call for Bags of Help!

The project is also in the running to receive a prize fund of either £4,000, £2,000 or £1,000. The amount awarded is dependent upon the number of customer votes received through Tesco’s in-store Bags of Help initiative. The Bags of Help scheme sees community projects awarded grants raised from the 5p plastic bag levy.

“Forest for Peterborough means so much, not only for the quality of life of city residents today, but for future generations of Peterborough citizens,” explains Project Officer Simon Belham. “Bringing together communities, schools and businesses for the volunteer planting days means that everyone can get involved with and contribute to improving their natural surroundings.”

Voting is open in stores throughout June. Customers can cast their vote using a token given to them at the store check-out when they shop at Tesco. For more information visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.

The stores participating in our region comprise:

Peterborough (PE7 8BD)
Peterborough Metro (PE1 1TA)
Peterborough Oundle Road (PE2 9PJ)
Stanground Express (PE2 8RJ)
Wistow Way, Orton Express (PE2 6XN)

To check the location of the stores, visit http://www.tesco.com/store-locator/uk/.

For further information about PECT’s Forest for Peterborough project, visit www.pect.org.uk/forest.

£100,000 invested in Ferry Meadows

More than £100,000 will be invested into Ferry Meadows to make improvements at the country park.

April saw the start of two exciting projects that will introduce new events and activities as well as creating amenity and access improvements in and around Ferry Meadows Country Park. Both projects are made possible thanks to grants from funding bodies, bringing over £100,000 of investment into the Park.

Moments with Trees is a two-year project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) focused on the trees and woodland of Nene Park. Thanks to National Lottery players, visitors will be able to learn more about the history and beauty of the Parks trees through a series of trails and guided walks, whilst volunteers will have the opportunity to develop tree identification and management skills. Tree-themed activities for children will run during the summer months and project updates and tree-facts will be available on social media channels.

Moments with trees tree

Nene Park: Access Improvement Works benefits from funds awarded by WREN's FCC Community Action Fund. Over the next nine months, a number of visual and access enhancements will commence around Ferry Meadows, including path improvements, new gates, seats and statues and tree and shrub planting. Points of interest will be created for people to explore in the fringes of the Park whilst also giving the central area a freshen-up.

WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, conservation and heritage projects from funds donated by waste and resource management company FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.

Cheryl Raynor, WREN's grant manager for Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire, says: "We are delighted to be supporting the Access Improvement Works project and pleased that our funding will provide such a fantastic facility for visitors. WREN is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that make a difference to local communities and we're really looking forward to seeing this one take shape soon."

Matthew Bradbury, Chief Executive of Nene Park Trust says "We are always looking at ways to improve the Park for our visitors, and having recently gone through a thorough Master-planning process, we are excited to be able to begin implementing our plans for the future. We are very grateful for our funders who have shown faith in Nene Park and have enabled us to bring this work forward."

Schools to connect with nature through Wildlife Corridors

The charity Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) is launching a new project, Wildlife Corridors, which looks to engage with pupils to help increase the diversity of green spaces across the city.

Through the £18,995 funding received from Postcode Local Trust, which is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, the project aims to provide suitable habitats to increase wildlife density across the more urban areas of Peterborough. 

PECT will be working with students from five local schools to create wildlife corridors, which are connections across a landscape that link up areas of habitat to support the movement of species to these areas. The schools that have been selected are Hampton Vale Primary, Norwood Primary, Ravensthorpe Primary, Discovery Primary and Voyager Academy.

This project will benefit not only the surrounding environment, through attracting  bees, birds and butterflies into predominantly urban areas, but it will also provide a fantastic learning environment for pupils and the community – benefiting up to 2,000 children and community members.

Students will be involved throughout the whole process, from designing the corridors, which will be along sections of the school fence lines, creating and launching seed bombs (a little ball made up of compost, clay and seeds), through to maintaining and monitoring the wildflower corridors once they are established.

Environmental Education Manager Jill Foster explains: “The practical nature of this project gives the opportunity for pupils to venture outside the classroom and connect with their natural surroundings, whilst developing essential classroom-based knowledge within an exciting environment.”

Further activities that pupils can get involved in include: the creation of bird, bug, beastie homes, as well as bird and bug surveys, plus creating sanctuaries for wildlife to thrive in these areas.

This project is part of the environmental education that PECT helps facilitate throughout the city through its bespoke Eco Framework for Peterborough schools, which incorporates knowledge of sustainability issues into the curriculum to inspire the next generation of forward-thinking students.

For more information about PECT, visit www.pect.org.uk or call 01733 568408.

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 to 2020:

  • Support Peterborough’s ambition to become a circular city through active collaboration, partnership and shared insight.
  • In Cambridgeshire and Peterborough 31% of total aggregates sales will be comprised of secondary and recycled aggregates.
  • 80% of Skanska’s procurement will be from the Greater Cambridgeshire Greater Peterborough LEP area.
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Coalition to rid region of problem plastics by 2030

Anglian Water has become the first water company to announce a radical commitment to rid the East of England of plastic waste by 2030.


This ambitious pledge will tackle all plastic waste which isn’t reusable, recyclable or compostable. Anglian Water said it was the first water company globally to look beyond its own business impact, and to make a commitment to lead the whole region it serves and the environment it protects.


The company, which serves a tenth of the UK population, has already rolled out free water refill schemes with City to Sea for the public in numerous towns and cities and funds a wide volunteer network with Keep Britain Tidy to remove plastics from the rivers and beaches and care for the natural water environment.


The ground-breaking pledge outlines how the water company will lead the way in bringing together a task force of big business, manufacturers, retailers and suppliers from across the region to tackle problem plastics across their whole life-cycle; from manufacture to disposal. It will do this by:


  • Understanding the true scale of the problem by working with research partners across different sectors to calculate a baseline of the quantity of plastics at large in the region


  • Forming a coalition with other businesses, manufacturers and retailers who make plastics in our region to find solutions to reduce the amount of plastics getting into the environment



  • Eliminating single use plastic waste across the whole Anglian Water business, from every nook and cranny in company offices through to plastics that may be used across its extensive supply chain


Research conducted by Anglian Water showed its customers were greatly concerned about the impact microplastics are having on the environment and revealed overwhelming support for developing a better understanding of the types of microplastics that end up in rivers and seas. Specifically they saw the water company as having a vital role to play in leading and influencing others across the region on a plastic-free journey.


Chief Executive of Anglian Water Peter Simpson said: ”We’ve all seen the huge impact single-use plastics are having on our environment. We know a truckload of plastic is entering our oceans every minute, with rivers and watercourses acting as the highways for plastic waste pollution out to sea.


“We already have a proven track record of standing against plastic wastefulness. Our successful RiverCare and BeachCare programme, run in partnership with Keep Britain Tidy sees volunteers from across the region coming together to rid their local rivers and beaches from litter and plastics. Over the past year 45 groups have volunteered over 21,000 hours, collecting more than 50 tonnes of litter, much of it plastic from our rivers and beaches.


“Launching this ambitious pledge against plastics, on World Ocean’s Day is the perfect opportunity to put our stake in the ground about how we as a business will play a part in tackling the plastics problem across the whole region.


“The scope of this taskforce goes beyond what people might traditionally think of as being the responsibility of a water company, but it’s important to our customers and the right thing to do. So we want to trial things like working with clothes manufacturers on how we might be able to design better materials that don’t shed plastic fibres, or with white goods companies about developing better filters on washing machines that capture plastic particles from our clothes. The group will even look at finding new ways of reusing discarded plastics or those filtered from the water treatment processes to make them into a valuable commodity once again.


“Saying it’s difficult is not good enough and we can’t do this alone, which is why we want to bring the right people together to better understand and tackle the problem from beginning to end.”

The growing success of Circular Peterborough

The Circular Peterborough programme continues to strengthen, with the initiative recently included in the World Economic Forum’s report on Circular Economy in Cities.


The programme’s collaborative approach, engaging with a wide range of stakeholders across sectors, was highlighted as an example of best practice internationally.  This collaborative approach remains at the heart of the programme, with the Future Peterborough team running a series of workshops to co-create demonstration projects to be included in Peterborough’s Circular City Roadmap.


This Roadmap will provide a short term action plan to direct the city’s progress to ensuring that by 2050 Peterborough is operating as a truly circular city: maximising the full potential of its resources and reconnecting people, places, businesses, organisations and communities.


The most recent workshop in this series was held on 13 March 2018, with a wide range of organisations from across the manufacturing sector. Over 40 delegates heard about the latest sustainable innovations in their industry with talks from Perkins Engines, the European Remanufacturing Council and the Institution of Engineering & Technology. Organisations attending the workshop included Toshiba, NatWest, Kingsley Beverages, Plextex, EnerTherm Engineering, Omega Foundry Machinery, University Centre Peterborough and Cranfield University.


Attendees delved deeper into a range of challenges identified in group break-out sessions and, with the help of a range of experts in the room, started applying circular economy thinking to address them. Challenges related to engaging key decision makers, finding the right skills in the local economy and financing the transition towards more sustainable and circular business models.


Next steps will involve the Future Peterborough team using the insights from the workshop to develop projects and tools that can support local businesses to innovate, become more sustainable and achieve economic benefits.


If you’d like to pledge your support to the internationally recognised Circular Peterborough initiative, please email katie.thomas@opportunitypeterborough.co.uk

National commendation for city’s sharing platform

A resource sharing platform that is helping organisations across Peterborough make better use of resources and reduce waste has been highly commended at the Local Government Chronicles (LGC) Awards 2018.


From among eight shortlisted candidates, Share Peterborough, was given special recognition in the environmental services category at the Local Government Chronicles Awards evening held in London on 22 March 2018. The annual awards ceremony celebrates the greatest innovators in the sector that have been selected by some of the most respected council chief executives and senior leaders.


Future Peterborough Team

The free sharing platform allows local businesses to share and find resources across the city, from finding a new home for old office furniture, sharing skills, right through to sourcing meeting spaces.


The platform was launched in December 2016 by the Future Peterborough programme and has over 280 organisations registered. Earlier this month a new tracking system was launched on the site to measure the impact of exchanges. The platform now captures the amount of waste being diverted from landfill, the amount of money saved by businesses using the site and the number of hours being donated to local charities or community groups.


The Future Peterborough programme is run jointly by economic development agency Opportunity Peterborough and Peterborough City Council. Share Peterborough is part of the Future Peterborough programme’s circular economy initiative which aims to help the city’s businesses improve their efficiency and resilience by keeping resources in the economy for as long as possible.

Roar of approval for circular Peterborough

Old fire hoses from Peterborough Power Station have been given a new lease of life - helping lions, giraffes and primates.

Centrica’s power stations and gas processing facilities have found a novel way of helping to keep wild animals at some of the country’s wildlife parks and zoos entertained, with the donation of 100 old fire hoses.

The energy company is working with ‘The Shape of Enrichment’, an international NGO, which aims to improve the environmental welfare for animals living in captivity. The company uses donations of fire hoses to make feeders and more stimulating environments for animals in captivity, in particular big cats, monkeys and giraffes.

Dave Theakstone from Centrica’s Peterborough Power Station, said: “It’s not every day we get asked to help make a hammock for a lion, but it is a brilliant idea which we were keen to help with. A quick look in the stores at Peterborough and we realised we had a handful old hoses we were happy to donate.

“It’s great to know that our old fire hoses, which would usually go to landfill, can be recycled and have a second life improving the welfare of animals in zoos and wildlife parks across the country.”

Mark Kingston Jones from The Shape of Enrichment, said: “When we got in touch with Centrica we hoped we’d get a handful of hoses to keep our stock up over the summer. We’re over the moon with what they’ve been able to donate which will help enhance the environments of the animals we work with for a long time.

“Fire hoses are particularly useful for making feeder-cubes and hammocks which the animals really enjoy; particularly the primates and big cats, as they last so much longer than many other materials which they find easier to destroy.”

The Shape of Enrichment runs workshops and courses for students, zookeepers and companies to get involved and help make enrichment tools for wild animals at zoos and wildlife centres which they partner with.

Do you have any other stories of reuse and the circular economy in Peterborough? If so, we would love to hear them. Please send any examples to environmentcapital@peterborough.gov.uk 

As part of the Peterborough DNA programme, Peterborough is initiating an ambitious line of work seeking to create a pioneering Circular City; embedding an innovative citywide circular economy approach. This will help Peterborough to efficiently manage the numerous flows of resources coming in and out of its geographical boundaries. 

Peterborough DNA is the smart city programme delivered by Opportunity Peterborough, the city’s economic development company, in partnership with Peterborough City Council. The circular economy initiative asks businesses and communities to embrace the well-known concept of repair, remanufacture, reuse, recycle and recover at a city level.


All about the bag!

Peterborough Reuse has the circular economy concept in the bag with its practical, stylish and unique shopping bags made from used coffee bean sacks.

Peterborough Reuse takes hessian and jute sacks that would otherwise go to waste and turns them into shopping bags. The sacks are originally used to ship coffee beans from around the world to local roasting and packing firm Masteroast. The initiative has created part time work opportunities and the chance to learn new skills for long term unemployed women in Peterborough.

Masterminding the operation is Pav Patel, Director of a telecoms and IT solutions business. He explains: “We have unfortunately become a throwaway society that finds it cheaper to buy new than make good things that are either too old or broken. This not only harms our environment, but also reduces our ability to use the previous generation’s practical skills of repair and restoration".

The process starts with the collection of more than 1400 coffee bean sacks every week, varying in design, consistency and make up. Once the bags are collected they need to be cleaned without losing their valuable integrity, including the bright coloured logos from the individual coffee plantations. The highest quality, more refined bags, are then sent to be made into retail items like shopping bags and the rougher, coarse bags are used for making log sacks for the forest industry and items for various environmental river projects.

Peterborough Reuse have worked with the Department of Work and Pensions to set up a series of courses to get long term unemployed women in Peterborough back into work by up-skilling them. This has been achieved by taking the work and associated teaching into the local community, directly breaking down the barriers that would exist had the women had to travel to a new environment outside their comfort zone. Over a six week course, sixty women were taught how to use a sewing machine, working with patterns to cut and sew various items. By the end of the course they had learned new skills, grown in confidence and felt better about themselves. 

In addition, local charity shops supply Peterborough Reuse with excess fabric that would otherwise be sent to Africa for ragging. This provides the charity shops with a sale that is worth more than ragging and it is also better for the environment.

While all the retail bags are called the Peterborough Bag, there are no two bags the same, the word unique truly does describe these bags. Other items can also be commissioned by contacting Peterborough Reuse. Customers have even been asking for the sacks and upcycling them into various items themselves, such as draft excluders, dog beds and pinning them on the wall for a bespoke look!

Peterborough Reuse also recently showcased its circular products at the Smart City Expo event in Barcelona where Peterborough was voted World Smart City in 2015.

The Peterborough Bag is available from the Peterborough Reuse website or the Visitor Information Centre, 41 Bridge Street, Peterborough, PE1 1HA. For more information visit:




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.


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

Targets to 2020:

  • Achieve and maintain Fairtrade city status.
  • Seek funding to introduce a scheme to identify and promote restaurants and food outlets that offer local and sustainable food.
  • Actively promote the conservation and wise use of productive land.

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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


Peterborough food-sharing scheme shortlisted for award!

An innovative local food waste project has been shortlisted as a finalist in The Green Gown Awards.

The CommUNITY Meet & Eat project, hosted by City College Peterborough, runs a number of monthly community meals using food that would have otherwise gone to waste. Meals take place at their Brook Street Campus and across the city.

CommUNITY Meet and Eat truly believe that the simple act of sharing a meal and eating together is a great way to make new friends and build on our already vibrant society, by creating and participating in new activities we make new bonds and become stronger together.

They encourage everyone to attend their CommUNITY Meet & Eat events to meet new friends whilst enjoying a delicious 3 course meal to help Peterborough become a stronger and collaborative community. Meals are £2.50 per person and £1.00 for under 5’s.

CommUNITY Meet & Eat have now been shortlisted as finalists in the Enterprise section for the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges award as part of the Green Gown Awards 2017. 

This year’s UK and Ireland Green Gown Awards’ finalists are proving post-16 education is at the forefront of the effort to deliver solutions to the most pressing global challenges of our time.

After a tough judging session, the applicants have been whittled down to 113 finalists across 15 categories. These projects range from electric pool cars to music albums dedicated to climate change. They include ambitious zero carbon targets, pioneering new ways to create heat sources from waste and the largest Passivhaus building in the UK.

Some are ensuring sustainability is at the heart and stomach of their kitchens. Others have looked at the journey fashion products take from raw materials to final garment; worked internationally making sustainable differences in sanitation; and enabled students to learn about biodiversity by anthropomorphising animals on social media. The variation and creativity is heartening and reflective of sustainability forcing its way up the list of global priorities.

The finalists represent nearly 1.5 million students and just under a quarter of a million members of staff leading the way with their commitment to the global Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs). Having been a leading participant in the United Nations negotiations to develop 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development – the UK and Ireland must fulfil its commitment to deliver the Goals. 

This year, applicants were tasked with outlining how their sustainability projects incorporated the global SDGs for the first time. All applicants listed at least one SDG they were delivering. Two thirds (66%) of this year’s finalists - making it the most popular - listed ‘sustainable cities and communities’ as an SDG they are delivering. Meanwhile just under half (46%) are working towards ‘responsible consumption and production’ and one in two put forward projects that improved ‘quality education’. There are also some surprising development goals being tackled in tertiary education, with 37% stating they are delivering against the ‘climate action’ SDG and one in four delivering ‘industry, innovation and infrastructure’.

Between the finalists, the projects touch on every department and permeate across the whole curriculum. They are conducted by students, staff, academics, external stakeholders and can be found all across the UK and Ireland. These initiatives are a shining example of the power post-16 education possesses and the seriousness with which it takes its responsibility in creating a better world and a new generation of leaders.

Iain Patton, Chief Executive at the EAUC, said: “With the EAUC’s new strategy to reposition and align sustainability around key institutional priorities and challenges, this year’s Green Gown Award applications reflect the potential of sustainability to solve the sectors most critical problems. Every day, tireless environmental and sustainability leaders across the UK and Ireland are driving change and making sustainability just good business. The Green Gown Awards exist to give them the recognition and platform they need to do even more.”

The winners will be announced at the prestigious Green Gown Awards Ceremony taking place at The Monastery, Manchester on 15 November, in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Manchester.

For further information about Peterborough's CommUNITY Meet & Eat events visit: www.citycollegepeterborough.ac.uk/super-kitchen/ 

For more information on the Green Gown awards visit: www.greengownawards.org/ 


Fairtrade Peterborough needs you!

As Fairtrade Fortnight 2017 (27 February - 12 March) draws to a close, Fairtrade Peterborough is urgently calling for volunteers to help Peterborough cross the finish line and achieve Fairtrade City status!

The annual #FairtradeFortnight is a time to show your support to the farmers and workers who grow our food in developing countries. Millions of farmers in developing countries aren't paid what they deserve. The Fairtrade Foundation is working to change this. 

Watch the film 'Don't Feed Exploitation' below to find out how you could unconsciously be part of exploitation: 

Watch new film: Don't Feed Exploitation


Peterborough is working towards becoming a Fairtrade City, spearheaded by a community led not-for-profit group. To achieve Fairtrade city status Peterborough must meet five goals: fairtradepeterborough.wordpress.com/goals/. A great deal of work has already been accomplished but Fairtrade Peterborough urgently needs your help to cross the finish line.  

You can help in a number of ways, such as purchasing Fairtrade products to have in your break - at school, at work and at home. There are loads of ways you can make it Fairtrade - tea, coffee, sugar, bananas, geobars, and more. You can even bake something delicious, with Fairtrade ingredients. You can help too by promoting the use of these products in the workplace. They also need you to let them know what shops currently sell Fairtrade products in Peterborough (see fairtradepeterborough.wordpress.com/goals/goal-2/ for details).

Fairtrade Peterborough is run and managed by volunteers who are always looking for new members to help. There are a number of posts available, including:

  • Joining their Steering Group
  • Assisting with events
  • Writing blog posts
  • Promoting Fairtrade in your school / college / workplace / place of worship / community group
  • Fundraising for the group
  • Helping promote the campaign via their Twitter and Facebook accounts
  • Locating Fairtrade products within Peterborough to help meet the goals
  • Help with the newsletter
  • Design flyers/posters
  • And so much more.

If you have a couple of hours you can volunteer to the campaign a month, this would be hugely appreciated.

If you are interested in getting involved, please contact: fairtradepeterborough@gmail.com

Follow on twitter: @fairtradepboro

Like on Facebook: www.facebook.com/fairtradepeterborough

Visit: www.fairtradepeterborough.wordpress.com/ for more information. 




Too good to go app

The Too Good To Go app is raising awareness of food waste by making surplus food available for collection before a store closes its breakfast, lunch or dinner service, at a fraction of the price!

Too Good To Go is a hyper-local environmental social enterprise dedicated to reducing food waste. The revolutionary concept links you with delicious food that would otherwise be thrown away at prices from as little as £2 and a maximum of £3.80 (and that’s for the second best Japanese restaurant in the country!). Through the Too Good To Go app you can order delicious food from local restaurants, cafes and bakeries, collect it up to an hour before closing time and enjoy on-the-go in an environmentally-friendly TGTG sugarcane box. 

Peterborough's first food outlet to partner with the app is EMBE2GO located at Peterborough City Market. 

To get your hands on this great deal and help save food waste at the same time, all you need to do is download the app to your smartphone and place your order. Then head off to collect your food in the designated time window, show your order confirmation, grab your food and enjoy!

The company's mission is to save food, save money and save the planet by placing the lost value back onto food as humankind’s most valuable energy resource, and not something that should just be carelessly throw in the bin. Why? Because if food waste were a country it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases, whilst recovering just half of the food that is lost or wasted could feed the world alone. It’s a problem that doesn’t need to exist – and they’re determined to help solve it.

Founded in Denmark at the end of 2015 by a group of friends, Too Good To Go was soon able to grow internationally thanks to the diversity of its team. Those who had started the concept up in Scandinavia were quickly ready to take it home and in January 2016 work began on Too Good To Go UK. The team launched the app in Brighton and Leeds in June 2016 and work is well under way to roll out in the rest of the country.

As of August 2016, Too Good To Go had foundations in six different countries. In the space of barely six months they’ve helped prevent approximately over 200 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions and provided thousands of meals that would have otherwise been discarded to those in need - currently 13,344 meals saved. 

The app is available on IOS and Android. For more information and to download the app visit: www.toogoodtogo.co.uk.

Businesses that are interested in generating more revenue whilst also doing your bit for the environment can find out more about the app on the TGTG for Businesses page.


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.

What is the impact of our consumption?

This real-time data visualisation takes farming and consumption data and displays it in such a way that allows us to appreciate the true impact of our consumption. We can see the numbers rising rapidly before our very eyes, representing the staggering rate at which we are consuming meat and dairy.

The visualisation aims to raise awareness of the level at which we are currently consuming farmed meats, as it is widely regarded to be one of the driving forces behind increasing levels of carbon dioxide and deforestation.

Source and more information: https://www.farmmachinerylocator.co.uk/impact-of-our-consumption/

Join the food sharing revolution with new OLIO app

Did you know that over 1/3 of all food that's produced globally gets thrown away?... If food waste were a country it’d be the 3rd largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world.

OLIO is a free app which connects neighbours with each other and with local businesses to exchange their edible surplus food. Think food nearing its sell-by date in local stores, spare vegetables from the allotment, cupcakes from an amateur baker, or the groceries in your fridge when you go away. The list goes on.

OLIO is super easy. To make food available, simply open the app, add a photo, description, price (if applicable), and when and where the item is available for pick-up.

To access food, simply browse available items near you, request whatever takes your fancy and arrange a pick-up via private messaging.

OLIO believe that small actions can lead to big change. Collectively, one rescued carrot or cupcake at a time, we can build a more sustainable food future.

If you love food, hate waste and want to connect with your community, OLIO is for you.

Visit www.olioex.com to find out more.




FoodCycle comes to Peterborough!

FoodCycle, a national charity that combines volunteers, surplus food and spare kitchen spaces to create tasty, nutritious meals for people at risk of food poverty and social isolation, is launching in Peterborough.

FoodCycle run over 24 projects across the UK, united by the simple idea that food waste and food poverty should not coexist.

Over 4 million people are affected by food poverty, yet as many as 15 million tonnes of food waste is wasted each year in the UK alone.

FoodCycle have three main aims:

1) Reduce food poverty by serving nutritious meals to vulnerable people. There are 4 million people affected by food poverty in the UK due to lack of income, knowledge or time.

2) Reduce food waste: An estimated 400,000 tonnes of surplus food is disposed of each year by the food retail industry. FoodCycle collect surplus food from local retailers and cook it into delicious, nutritious meals.

3) Build communities and reduce social isolation by sitting down together to share a meal and conversation by welcoming people to a place where they can expect a friendly face.


Since FoodCycle started cooking in May 2009, their volunteers have served over 125,000 meals made using over 146,000kg of surplus food – the equivalent saving of 657,000kg CO2 emissions. In partnership with Cross Keys Homes, the Peterborough Hub is one of the newest FoodCycle Hubs to open in the UK.


How can you get involved?

The Hub is only made possible with the great volunteers giving their time, enthusiasm and energy. FoodCycle have opportunities available for people to come along and cook, host guests and be involved in collecting the surplus food donations from local suppliers.

You don’t need to have any previous cooking experience, although if you do that is just as welcome! They want as many local volunteers as possible and everyone is welcome to be a part of the Hub.

Please register to volunteer by emailing Peterborough@foodcycle.org.uk or clicking here.

They are also looking to recruit Hub Leaders to manage all aspects of the Hub. You could be managing the volunteers, leading the cooking sessions or reaching out to the local community. It’s a great way for you to develop new skills – have a look at the Hub Leader page to find out how you can get involved.

The Peterborough Hub, at Westgate Church, Peterborough, PE1 1RG, is a safe and welcoming place for you to come along and meet some friendly people and share a hot, nutritious meal. FoodCycle Peterborough will be posting more information about their weekly meal very soon.

For more information visit www.foodcycle.org.uk/location/peterborough-hub

You can also follow @foodcyclepeterborough or like foodcyclepeterborough on Facebook for more updates from FoodCycle Peterborough.

Peterborough's first Super Kitchen is huge success

City College Peterborough held its first Super Kitchen event on the 29th September 2016 which saw over 60 people attend to meet new people and enjoy a quality meal, served by volunteers enthusiastic to help out during the evening.

Super Kitchen is an initiative that brings communities together, particularly those who may struggle to feed their families because of hardship or low income or those who experience social isolation. Super Kitchen enables members of the community to meet whilst offering a well-balanced, nutritious meal at very low or no cost.

The initiative helps to reduce food waste by using surplus food which is sourced by the College through Fareshare, help those who are affected by food poverty and encourage participation in training and get further advice from the college.

Perri Luparia, Enterprise Manager at City College Peterborough comments: “I am delighted to see so many members of the Peterborough community coming together and engaging with one another from this initiative.

The idea of the Community Meet & Eat is to break down social barriers and get people to get to know one another. Social isolation is such a big issue today with the rise of social media and seeing over 60 people attend the event was inspiring.”

Pat Carrington, Principal of City College Peterborough comments: “I am glad the Super Kitchen initiative was so successful. Hearing such positive feedback from the event reinforces the fact that this initiative is such a welcoming sight in Peterborough and needs to be held more often.”

The most recent event in November also saw over 60 people attend and share a meal. 

City College Peterborough will be hosting their next Super Kitchen event on December 15th 2016 from 4pm-6pm at City College Peterborough, Brook Street, PE1 1TU. It is £2.50 per person or £1.00 for under 5s. This month there will also be an arts and crafts exhibition with a tombola, raffle and stalls along with a 3 - course Christmas meal! Go along and enjoy the festivities!

If you would like to attend then please contact the meet and eat team on 01733 761361 or email eat@citycollegepeterborough.ac.uk by Thursday 8th December 2016 so they know how much to cook.

This month City College Peterborough are also hosting events in other communities in Peterborough:

Gladstone Community Centre, Peterborough, PE1 2AN on December 14th 2016 from 3.30-5.30pm. Please RSVP by Wednesday 7th December to the contact details above.

Stafford Hall, Hampton Court, Westwood, Peterborough, PE3 7LD on December 16th 2016 from 4pm-6pm. Please RSVP by Friday 9th December to the contact details above. 




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.


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

Targets to 2020:

  • Build a new Household Recycling Centre.
  • Seek funding to develop an action plan to reduce landfill of non-municipal waste (i.e. non-domestic).
  • Seek to achieve zero waste to landfill.
  • Queensgate will increase its recycling/reuse rate to 95%

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

How to reduce your plastic during this Zero Waste Week

Zero Waste Week is an annual event which aims to encourage us all to reduce the amount of waste we produce. Here we look at ways you can cut your plastic consumption.



Our plastic waste can feel so overwhelming you don’t know where to start. Fortunately, by taking small, simple steps you can have a significant impact. 


Imagine if we all did one more thing to reduce the amount of plastic we use, it could add up to significant change. 


Here’s how to get started. Choose just one to do this Zero Waste Week or use it as inspiration to come up with your own ideas:


Eating out

Show your bottle

We’re throwing away 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups every year in the UK. However, it’s easy to do your bit by taking a reusable coffee mug when you’re out and about. Some companies will even offer you a discount if you present your own cup to the barista.

It’s the same with bottled water. You’ll save a tonne of money, and lots of plastic if you refill your own water bottle. There are more and more companies offering free tap water refills in cities throughout the country.


Ditch the straw

Many takeaways, shops and cafes automatically assume you want a straw. We can all raise awareness by saying no and encouraging eating establishments to go straw free. If you need to use one, you can purchase reusable ones made from stainless steel.


Grab a spork!

Many meals on the go include disposable plastic cutlery. Consider carrying mini cutlery with you – toddler cutlery is ideal, or a camping spork.


Cleaning the home


Refill stations for cleaning products such as washing up liquid, laundry liquid and fabric conditioner are becoming more commonplace. You’ll save money and reduce the amount of plastic containers you use. Take a look at the Backyard Food based at The Green Backyard which offers a growing refills range.


Make your own

For household cleaning items you can’t refill, consider making your own. It doesn’t have to be complicated or time oncoming – Glass and mirror cleaner can be made with equal quantities of white vinegar and water.


Health and beauty

Go plastic free

Open your bathroom cabinets and you’ll probably be met with an array of products all wrapped in plastic. When these run out and you need to replace them, search for plastic-free alternatives. Try solid shampoo bars, switch to bar soap, use coconut oil as a skin moisturiser and hair conditioner, and you could even make your own toothpaste and deodorant.


Ditch the wipes

Are you using make up wipes? Why not switch them for something that is reusable? It will save you money and reduce your landfill. Try a flannel, muslin cloth or crochet your own make up wipes.


Keeping hair free

Living with less plastic doesn’t mean embracing your inner cave man / woman. Instead of disposable razors, switch to an old fashioned safety razor. These will last for ages and a blunt blade can be recycled as its metal.


Teeth cleaning

Most toothbrushes are made from plastic. Fortunately more and more plastic-free options are coming into market, including those made of bamboo.



Microbeads are causing devastation to marine life. While microbeads are banned in rinse-off products such as facial scrubs, they are still used in leave on products. Check your labels for Polyethylene (PE), Polypropylene (PP), Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA).



Carrier bags

You can make your own from old t-shirts or buy reusable bags that will last for years. Remember though, the most ‘zero waste’ purchase is not to make one at all, so if you have old plastic carrier bags at home, just keep using them until they are no longer usable – then recycle them. Most large supermarkets will recycle carrier bags for you.


Fruit and vegetables

Buy loose where you can – most supermarkets sell some of their fruits and vegetables loose. Try our City Market – you can buy just the amount you need which not only saves plastic packaging, but reduces food waste too. Alternatively try a box scheme delivery – most products will come in just a cardboard box which will be collected for reuse.


Reusable containers

If you have considerable amounts of packaging from meat and deli items such as cheese, why not take your own reusable containers? Ask the person to put your container on the scales, take off the weight then put your purchases straight into your own container. This will save substantial packaging over the course of a year and you never know who might be in the queue behind you being inspired!


Project Refill launches across Peterborough

Every year 8 million tonnes of plastic ends up in the ocean, with our river banks and streets littered with bottles and lids. PECT and Earth Matters have joined up with City2Sea’s refill campaign to help tackle this problem.


The campaign aims to reduce plastic waste and single-use plastic bottles by encouraging local venues, businesses and establishments to sign up to the scheme and offer passers by the chance to refill their reusable water bottles with free tap water.


You can download the app, Refill Beta, onto your phone to locate Refill venues, of which there are now over 5,000 in the UK! Businesses that are taking part are also proudly displaying their Refill stickers to show their support for the campaign.


Several national chains including Costa Coffee are on board and we have already recruited over 40 local businesses including St John’s Church, Metal Culture, Embe2go, MD Coffee, The Broadway Theatre and more!


To get your business involved in the Refill revolution


For further information visit: https://www.pect.org.uk/projects/project-refill

Charity PECT receives funding from Sainsbury’s to tackle food waste in Peterborough  

PECT is leading a campaign to reduce food waste in Peterborough, after being chosen to be a Sainsbury’s ‘Discovery Community’ as part of the supermarket’s ‘Waste Less, Save More’ campaign.

The environmental charity has received a grant of £39,790 to carry out a variety of activities across the city to tackle food waste.

‘Waste Less, Save More’ was launched by Sainsbury’s in 2015 to help combat the growing issue of food waste. Following a 12-month trial in Derbyshire, the retailer has unveiled a further £1 million investment to support 147 UK-wide projects – which includes this one in Peterborough.

“The average family throws away £700 worth of food a year,” explains PECT’s Karen Igho. “With this project we aim to supply local residents with the knowledge needed to cut down on their waste and save on their food bills. By delivering a combination of awareness raising events as well as practical cookery skills sessions, the cumulative impact will be greater.”

The exciting activities running as part of the project include installing two Community Fridges, one of which will be in the WestRaven Community Café. These fridges will store leftover food from supermarkets and local stores that might otherwise have been wasted. Local residents will be able take home the food to feed their families for free.

To ensure the food waste message reaches 100s of local school children, PECT will also roll out Fab Food in 15 Peterborough schools, supporting teachers and developing resources that help embed knowledge around food waste into the curriculum.

Working with The Children’s Food Trust, 20 Food Saver Champions will be trained to run waste saver and cooking sessions. Hubs will have a small grant and resources to ensure consistent waste messaging.

The city has a strong network of organisations with the expertise, knowledge and passion to support food waste projects. ‘Waste Less, Save More’ brings PECT together in partnership with the Children’s Food Trust, Cross Keys Homes, FoodCycle, Peterborough City Council, Public Health’s Healthy Schools programme and primary schools across the city. 

Councillor Gavin Elsey, Cabinet Member for Waste and Street Scene at Peterborough City Council, said: “We are fully behind PECT’s initiative to reduce food waste across the city. This is about saving money for Peterborough families however if people do have to throw food away then please place it in your grey food waste caddies. The council collects over 4,500 tonnes of food waste a year which is used to produce electricity - generating enough to power 600 homes annually.”

For more details about PECT’s ‘Waste Less, Save More’ activities, visit www.pect.org.uk or call 01733 568408. 

Peterborough to get new Household Recycling Centre

A new Household Recycling Centre (HRC), more than double the size of the current facility, is set to be up and running in the city from next year.
Located in Fengate the new HRC will have improved vehicle access, be easier for people to use and provide more space for residential waste and recycling.  

It will replace the current centre in Dogsthorpe by summer 2018.

The majority of the new facility will have roof cover and be purpose built incorporating a former warehouse building on the council-owned site.

A decision notice has now been published to award a contract for design and build, including management of the facility for the next ten years to FCC Environment Limited. 

Councillor Gavin Elsey, cabinet member for waste and street scene, said: “The new Household Recycling Centre will represent a multi-million pound investment in waste and recycling for our growing city. This is a much-needed upgrade to the current facility which is no longer fit for purpose.

“We’ve listened to residents about what they wanted to see in the new HRC and it will be a big improvement once it’s opened to the public. The centre is free to use, open all year and I would encourage all residents with excess rubbish, recycling or garden waste to make good use of it.”

The new facility will be located off Fengate (the road) close to the city’s Energy Recovery Facility. 

You can find more information about waste and recycling on the council’s website.



‘Waste not, want not’ means gift for Railworld

Local charity Railworld Wildlife Haven has recently received a delivery of reclaimed street furniture from the council as part of the Lower Bridge Street public realm improvements.

This latest donation of guard rails, cycle hoops and litter bins was kindly transported by council contractor Skanska, who along with some council staff, have also been involved in volunteering events to get the materials in situ.

Brian Pearce, volunteer and chair of the board of Railworld trustees, said: “Over the past almost 30 years people giving their time voluntarily and secondhand gifts like these have led to the creation of a much improved environment for local wildlife and visitors alike.

“For a charity with sustainability at the heart - our moto is 'Entertain and Educate about Our World' - we were delighted when the council called to say that more old street furniture needed a new home.

“The pedestrian guard rails will be put to good use by separating the car park from footpaths, and cyclists will be chuffed that there’s going to be more space for them to safely lock their bikes.”

With Railworld volunteers averaging age 70, the charity is rightly proud of the thriving wildlife haven they've created in the 16 acres of inner city land originally acquired by Reverend Richard Paten back in 1985.

The charity has strongly embraced the Circular Peterborough initiative, positioning themselves as the local champions of reuse and repurpose.

The fruits of their labour include repurposing Victorian aqueducts as pedestrian bridges and using an old car park barrier gate drive to turn a 2.5m scale model of our 'World'.

Councillor Peter Hiller, cabinet member for growth, planning, housing and economic development, said: “I’m delighted the old materials salvaged from the city centre public realm improvements are being given a new use by this local charity."

Railworld has achieved a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor three years in a row.

Over 200 Peterborough organisations join forces to cut waste!

Over 200 organisations in Peterborough are now part of the online sharing community that is cutting waste in the city and offering underutilised resources to charities, community groups and schools.

Businesses using the online platform, Share Peterborough, include Queensgate Shopping Centre, Peterborough Greyhounds Stadium, IKEA and Anglian Water, to name a few. The innovative site is managed in partnership by Peterborough City Council and Opportunity Peterborough. The free platform connects local organisations, providing an easy and convenient way to get rid of things that are no longer needed. Share Peterborough can also be used to share and swap skills, equipment and facilities.

Share Peterborough aims to help the city make the most of all the resources that we have locally available, working towards Peterborough’s ambition to ensure we are living within the resources of one planet. Keeping items in use is not only good for the planet, but also good for our economy, local communities and charities.

Peterborough City Council recently donated a number of desk fans to the in-patient unit at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice. Judith Wojtowicz, Thorpe Hall Volunteer Ambassador, said: “the desk fans are invaluable to patients on hot summer days.”

If you have an old office chair, a spare meeting room or a free hour you could use to volunteer at a local charity – why not put these on Share Peterborough and you could make a real difference in your community?  

Share Peterborough is free to join and use, register your business today at www.sharepeterborough.com 

For further questions please email Katie.thomas@opportunitypeterborough.co.uk

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;

Fengate Peterborough PE1 5XG

To find out more information about the facility, please contact (01733) 425450 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.

Recycle and gain rewards

Peterborough City Council, in partnership with Amey, has launched a recycling rewards scheme to 35000 of the city’s households

The pilot ‘Love Peterborough: Love your Community Recycling Reward' scheme aims to incentivise residents in Eye, Thorney, Stanground, Hampton, East, Walton, Paston and North Bretton to recycle more and minimise waste.

Residents in these areas have received a leaflet, letter and activation code detailing how they can get involved and begin earning green points.

Green points can be gained by taking part in recycling ‘modules’ ranging from presenting recycling bins to buying from the WEEE Reuse.

Points are accumulated by each area, and the area with the largest amount of green points at the end of every four months gets the biggest share of £6,000 to award to a charity group or project in their area, which residents vote for.

Areas in second and third place will also receive money to donate to their areas charities or community groups, while top recycling individuals across the areas will receive a £50 voucher.

Residents will be able to log their activity via the specially designed website or on an off-line record sheet if they have no access to the internet.

They can register online at www.lovepeterborough.com or call 01733 425353 to receive the offline information and begin recording their recycling activity.

Councillor Gavin Elsey and Cabinet Member for digital, waste and street scene at Peterborough City Council said;

“We currently recycle 47 % of rubbish in Peterborough, which we aim to raise to 65% by 2020. 

We hope the scheme will help to increase recycling in the city, encourage communities to work together to improve the rates in their areas and support their local community groups and charities.”

Community groups or charities based within the seven areas can apply or be nominated as a beneficiary of the scheme by submitting a proposal detailing what they would do with the prize money. Community groups can request a form by emailing greenerpeterboroughcomms@amey.co.uk or ringing 01733 425353.

The scheme is being funded, following a successful application to the Department of Community and Local Government’s Rewards and Recycling Fund.

The scheme will run for two years, and the areas chosen have below average recycling rates or engagement on this issue is work in progress and a mixture of political denomination. The scheme will be rolled out to more areas in the city in six months time.



Rewards scheme sees a 10% increase in recycling

Peterborough City Council, in partnership with Amey, is pleased to announce that thanks to the successful recycling reward scheme, recycling rates have risen by over 10% in some areas of the city.

The ‘Love Peterborough: Love your Community Recycling Reward’ scheme was launched in October last year and aims to incentivise residents in Eye, Thorney, Stanground, Hampton, East, Walton, Paston and North Bretton to recycle more and minimise waste.

Since the launch, recycling rates have risen in each of the seven areas with the biggest rise being in North Bretton, which has seen an 18 per cent rise. The scheme is now being rolled out to residents in Werrington, who will receive a leaflet, letter and activation code detailing how they can get involved and begin earning green points.

Green points can be gained by taking part in recycling ‘modules’ ranging from presenting recycling bins to buying from the WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Reuse. Points are accumulated by each area, and the area with the largest amount of green points at the end of every four months gets the biggest share of £6,000 to award to a charity group or project in their area, which residents vote for. Areas in second and third place will also receive money to donate to their area’s charities or community groups, while top recycling individuals across the areas will receive a £50 voucher.

The first round of rewards was made in March this year, with Stanground achieving the most green points and voting to reward Peterborough’s Food Bank with the £3000 prize money.

Residents are able to log their activity via the specially designed website or on an off-line record sheet if they have no access to the internet. They can register online at www.lovepeterborough.com  or call 01733 425353 to receive the off-line information and begin recording their recycling activity. Community groups or charities based within the eight areas can apply or be nominated as a beneficiary of the scheme by submitting a proposal detailing what they would do with the prize money. Community groups can request a form by emailing greenerpeterboroughcomms@amey.co.uk or ringing 01733 425353. The scheme is being funded following a successful application to the Department of Community and Local Government’s Rewards and Recycling Fund.

Councillor Gavin Elsey, Cabinet Member for waste and street scene at Peterborough City Council said; “The increased recycling results of each area not only demonstrates the success of the scheme but also the commitment of residents engaging with the scheme.

“We are delighted that the scheme is not only being recognised locally but on a national level, following our nomination in the National Recycling Rewards.”

The scheme has seen Amey and Peterborough City Council shortlisted for two awards at this year's prestigious National Recycling Awards, which celebrate excellence across the waste sector.

They have picked up nominations in two categories; Private-Public Partnership and a Communications award for the Love Peterborough, Love your Community scheme. The partnership, between Amey and the council, sees Amey deliver a range of essential environmental and operational services in Peterborough on behalf of the council. Working collaboratively to deliver contractual services such as kerbside collections and street cleansing programmes, the partnership have worked on schemes outside these requirements including the waste education as part of the community engagement plan, services changes and new recycling schemes.

James Collingridge, Amey Partnership Manager for Peterborough City Council said: “As well as delivering the contractual services, the partnership works collaboratively on additional services, and community aspects to ensure continued delivery and improvement to services.”

Amey’s Communications Team has also been shortlisted for their work on the 'Love Peterborough: Love your Community’ Recycling Reward Scheme.

Kieron King, Amey’s Principal Operations Manager in Peterborough said, “Being finalists in both these categories is a real honour and recognises the fantastic work carried out by both teams.

“It also demonstrates the effective partnership working between Peterborough City Council and Amey, and the outstanding contribution to recycling and waste management in the city.”

EMAP, who run the prestigious National Recycling Awards said; “The winners, and those who are shortlisted, are the very best in the industry.”

The winners will be announced at the National Recycling Awards on 6 July at the London Hilton Hotel.




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.


  • 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 to 2020:

  • Increase the number active business travel plans to 97 and school travel plans to 43.
  • Increase the number of people who walk and who cycle at least three times per week by 1% annually.
  • Increase the percentage of people satisfied with cycle routes and facilities in the city from 58% to 62%.
  • Seek to improve sustainable transport connections across the Greater Peterborough area.

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City's first ever hybrid electric taxi unveiled

Peterborough's first ever hybrid hackney carriage has been unveiled and the state-of-the-art vehicle is already making use of the city's growing number of charging points.

Taxi driver Tahir Ali recently registered the electric vehicle with Peterborough City Council and has started transporting customers, with the vehicle available for private hire through Peterborough Cars. The taxi can transport up to six passengers and comes equipped with air conditioning, usb charging points, spacious leather seats, a large panoramic roof and is fully wheelchair accessible.



Hybrid taxis are becoming a common sight in the city and across the UK and offer drivers and passengers many benefits, including a smooth quiet ride and fuel savings of up to £100 a week. Drivers can look to cover over 100 miles per day with an overnight electric charge and top-ups, as well as paying a reduced amount of road tax. There are plans in the pipeline to extend the number of charging points in the city from the current number of eight to 16 over the next year.


Councillor Peter Hiller, Peterborough City Council's portfolio holder for environment, said: "We are committed to being an environmentally friendly city and are actively looking at new ways in which to help achieve and promote this. Hybrid taxis will become a more common sight on our roads over the next few years and that's why we are preparing to increase the number of charging points in the city. Having inspected the vehicle myself it's very impressive and I'm sure everyone who uses it will enjoy the experience."


Earlier this year it was revealed that Peterborough saw the biggest increase in electric vehicles anywhere in the country between September 2016 and September 2017 (rising by 52 per cent from 5,425 to 8,249). Back in 2012, the were just 12 electric cars registered in the city, showing the progress that has been made in a short period of time.


For more information and a list of charging points in Peterborough visit the council website.

Grant for employers towards electric vehicle charge points

The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) is a voucher-based scheme that provides support towards the up-front costs of the purchase and installation of electric vehicle charge points, for eligible businesses, charities and public sector organisations.

The scheme from the UK Government's Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), offers a grant of £300 per socket for companies to install electric vehicle (EV) charge points up to a maximum of 20 sockets.

Businesses, charities or public authorities can claim the grant towards the cost of installing charge points, as long as they have dedicated off-street parking for staff or fleet use.

Installation has to be carried out by an approved OLEV installer, which can be found here: www.gov.uk/government/publications/workplace-charging-scheme-approved-chargepoint-list 

There is no need for the company to have a plug-in vehicle on its books, but a need must be declared on application. That can include plans to add plug-in vehicles to the company’s fleet, or as an incentive to encourage uptake of plug-in vehicles amongst staff. The grant can only be claimed for new charge points yet to be installed, with no option to back-claim the amount against existing units. Companies can claim the grant in England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.

The scheme opened to applications from workplaces on the 21 November 2016. The £7.5 million funding is currently confirmed until the end of the 2017/18 financial year, with OLEV planning to monitor the scheme and keeping funding under review when future budgets are agreed.

Workplaces can apply for vouchers using the Workplace Charging Scheme application form found online at: www.gov.uk/government/collections/government-grants-for-low-emission-vehicles 

The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) follows on from The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS), which provides grant funding of up to 75% towards the cost of installing electric vehicle charge points at domestic properties across the UK. More information is available at: www.gov.uk/government/collections/government-grants-for-low-emission-vehicles 

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.        

Pedal power in Peterborough gets £500,000 boost

Half a million pounds is on its way to Peterborough to encourage more people to leave their cars at home and instead catch the bus or hop on a bike.
The funding for Peterborough City Council is part of £20.6m that is being given out nationally for 23 sustainable travel initiatives across England that boost local economies by supporting people’s ambitions -  offering cheap, clean and healthy travel options to access jobs and education opportunities.

Peterborough City Council's Leader Councillor John Holdich has welcomed the announcement by the Department of Transport that the council will receive £500,000.

The money will allow the council's Travelchoice team to continue working with schools, businesses and residents to encourage more people to reduce their reliance on cars and instead walk, cycle, use the bus and car share, therefore reducing congestion and CO2 emissions and improving people's health.

In particular, the money will be used to improve people's access to jobs, skills, training and education. This will include offering personalised travel information for people who find that travelling to jobs is often a barrier to employment.

The Travelchoice team will also work with more schools to further roll out the Bike-It scheme, which teaches children how to ride safely. Sustrans has already delivered the training to almost 15,000 children and adults across the city.

Councillor Holdich said: "Thanks to our Travelchoice project, more people than ever before are choosing to walk, cycle or get the bus for journeys that they perhaps might have relied on the car for previously.

"This additional money means that we can continue this great work and in particular assist businesses to see whether we can help their employees travel differently, whether it is car sharing or using the bus.

"We also know that there are many people who are seeking employment who are restricted by the fact they don't have a car to get to a place of work. We want to work with these people to show them that there are other ways of getting from A to B, whether it's using the bus or car sharing.

"Only last week we received the news that House of Fraser will be bringing up to 1,000 new jobs to the city. We want our residents to be able to benefit from those jobs so I'm delighted that this money will allow us to work with our residents to ensure that travel isn't a barrier to doing so."

Lots of information about the various travel options available in Peterborough can be found on the Travelchoice website


Save the date! 11th -19th June is National Bike Week

Bike Week is an annual opportunity to promote cycling, and show how cycling can easily be part of everyday life by encouraging ‘everyday cycling for everyone’. Demonstrating the social, health and environmental benefits of cycling, the week aims to get people to give cycling a go all over the UK, whether this be for fun, as a means of getting around to work or school, the local shops or just to visit friends. The 2016 event will take place 11-19th June but events still take place through September and beyond!

This year’s Bike Week has a special focus and will encourage people to use their bikes to cycle to work. Many people will use the events to ride and take part in ‘buddy’ rides with colleagues, scope out the easiest route to their place of work or take part in work place challenges.

To find out more about Bike Week 2016 click HERE


Try Peterborough's new sustainable travel app!

Hyperlocal Rainfall is a brand new phone app that was launched at the PECT Green Festival, in Peterborough City Centre, on Saturday 13th August.

The aim of the app is to enable the residents of Peterborough to obtain incredibly accurate short-term rainfall predictions specific to an individual’s journey or location, which can be planned, viewed, and saved within the app. This allows people to be more confident walking and cycling by taking the weather into account, hence improving their health and wellbeing.

This new app has been funded by Innovate UK and is being delivered by the charity Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) in partnership with Anglia Ruskin University, Loughborough University and Meniscus.

The feedback from testers has been overwhelmingly positive, with many reporting that the app has been incredibly accurate in its predictions, making it very useful for planning journeys. One tester said: “I am bowled over by it, it is so much better than anything else out there for telling what is going on.”

“By delivering very accurate rainfall forecasts specific to a location or planned journey, this project looks to help the residents of Peterborough when they are walking and cycling around the city,” explains Project Officer Freya Herman. “We also intend for there to be incentives for app-users, such as vouchers for local shops.”

The app is available to download for free at Hyperlocal Rainfall on Google Play or simply search for 'Hyperlocal Rainfall' on Google Play. The app is only available on Android phones at the moment, so unfortunately it won't work on iPhones or Windows phones.

More information on the app can be found at www.pect.org.uk/HyperlocalRainfall and the Hyperlocal Rainfall August Blog.

Be a night light!

Be a night light is the message from Peterborough Travelchoice this winter.

To make sure you’re cycling safely, you should adhere to the following recommendations:

  • Be visible to other road users and pedestrians. Steer well clear of the curb; wear bright or fluorescent clothing in daylight and in poor light and reflective clothing at night. Always use lights after dark, in the rain or if the weather is overcast.
  • Don’t ride in the gutter. Give yourself space on the left, and don’t feel you have to hug the curb if a car behind you gets impatient.
  • Protect yourself. Always wear a helmet as this reduces the risk of head injury if you are involved in a crash.
  • Show drivers what you plan to do in plenty of time. Always look and signal before you start, stop or make a turn. Make eye contact with drivers and let them know you’ve seen them.
  • Ride decisively. Don’t weave between lanes or change direction suddenly without signaling.
  • Use cycle facilities wherever possible: these include cycle lanes and paths, advanced stop lines for cycles at traffic lights.

If a cycle track (off road) is shared with pedestrians:

  • Keep to the cyclists’ side.
  • Watch out for people who might find it difficult to move out of your way, such as older people, children and people with disabilities.
  • Use your bell to let people know you’re there.
  • Be prepared to slow down or stop if necessary.
  • Don’t dodge through stationary traffic – ride in a straight line down one side.

Cyclists and the law – remember it’s against the law for cyclists to:

  • Jump red lights, including lights at pedestrian crossings.
  • Cycle on pavements, unless there’s a sign showing the pavement has been converted to a cycle track or shared-use surface.
  • Ride across pedestrian crossings, unless it’s a toucan crossing.

And at night your cycle must have white front and red rear lights lit. It must also be fitted with a red rear reflector (and amber pedal reflectors, if manufactured after 1/10/85). White front reflectors and spoke reflectors will also help you to be seen. Flashing lights are permitted but it is recommended that cyclists who are riding in areas without street lighting use a steady front lamp.

If you do not feel confident following any of the above recommendations, why not take a look at Travelchoice's cycle training page.

This month, Travelchoice will be taking part in the Income Support roadshow on the following dates:
  • 6th December - Cross Keys Homes Community Hub
  • 8th December - Honeyhill Children's Centre Paston
  • 13th December - Eastfield Children's Centre Eastfield
  • 15th December - Hampton Children's Centre Hampton
They will be providing activities related to road safety as part of their 'Be Safe, Be Seen' winter campaign, promoting wearing reflective gear and safe walking and cycling to children around the city.
Look out for them at these locations and pop by to their stand!


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 to 2020:

  • The council will seek to celebrate heritage in all public realm and highway design schemes across the city.
  • Environmental charity PECT will give support to 10 community groups and engage 30,000 people a year on environmental issues.
  • Through the Culture Strategy raise the profile of culture, increase participation and visitor numbers.

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Peterborough Cathedral


Restored building provides exciting new council home

The successful restoration of the historic engine sheds has created an innovative business location for council staff and visitors.


The former railway station site, Fletton Quays, presented a number of planning challenges that have prevented development over the years. On the banks of the River Nene, the site’s constraints include flood risk, ecology, heavy contamination, highways issues, drainage and a 132Kv cable.


A key challenge to the development of the site were the grade II listed Victorian rail sheds. The developers, Bride Hall, were determined to preserve the city’s heritage as part of the scheme. As such the railway sheds have been incorporated into the council office space, and form a welcoming gateway for council visitors.




 Northern Engine Shed, North Elevation


While on site, Bride Hall uncovered many issues with the railway sheds and an enormous level of renovation and rebuilding was required. Each step was agreed collaboratively, in close partnership with the council’s planning and conservation representatives, which helped achieve swift permissions and avoided delays. Frequent contact with the conservation officer was critical in agreeing design, conservation and restoration strategies as the various areas of the building fabric were uncovered or opened up. 


Carefully selected materials are used on the building facades and aesthetic touches have been added in the public realm, including incorporating railway tracks in the paved areas and retaining a train turntable effect in a landscaped area.


The Old Engine Sheds now provide an exceptional place to work for its new occupants: Peterborough City Council. The whole scheme delivers 21st century standards while retaining a listed building. The public realm embodies both the aspirations of the Fletton Quays redevelopment and the site’s unique history.


Exciting plans ahead for the Nenescape project

A series of heritage-focused projects are now underway to encourage people to explore new areas of Nene Park in Peterborough. Home to one of the nation's largest country parks, Ferry Meadows, the entire area is managed by independent charity Nene Park Trust.


The plans form part of the Nenescape Landscape Partnership Scheme, a Heritage Lottery funded project announced late last year. The scheme involves 12 partners and 16 projects, all focused on celebrating the natural and built heritage of the Nene Valley which stretches from Northampton to Peterborough.


Nene Park has titled its part of the scheme 'Walking in Time', as it will inspire people to explore the area on foot. The plans include:


  • Creating a 'Walking with Romans' heritage trail: bringing to life nationally significant Roman discoveries in the area with guided walks, display boards and a mobile app. The trail will improve access to the historic settlement of Durobrivae, near Castor and Ailsworth.


  • Restoring Castor Station Master's cottage garden: restoring colour and biodiversity back to this remnant of the once-thriving railway on Station Lane, Castor.


  • Improving riverside walking routes: so that people can follow the course of the river on foot and its enjoy natural beauty.


  • Creating new art pieces for Park gateways: improving the appeal of key routes connecting Peterborough city centre with Ferry Meadows by engaging local artists and communities in projects to create paintings, temporary art sculptures and eco-art celebrating the river area and its heritage.


  • Celebrating with a launch: Organising an event to mark the new attractions trails and thank community engagement participants and partner organisations.


All projects within Nenescape will take place over the next five years, along with river restoration work, improving access to and from the River Nene and working with communities to tell the stories of the river.


Adrian Oates, Head of Fundraising at Nene Park Trust said: "We're really excited to be part of this initiative. It's the biggest grant-funded project we've ever been involved in and we're making great progress already: we are working closely with Nene Valley Archaeological Trust (NVAT) to take forward the historic research aspects of the project.


"What's great about the Walking in Time project is that there will be lots of opportunities for people to get involved. We'll be seeking volunteers and artists and help in many forms during the project: and in return we can offer new skills, fun, wellbeing and teamwork!"


Nene Park Trust will also be taking forward two other initiatives funded through the Nenescape Landscape Partnership Project.  Growing Skills will see the Trust take on two apprentices for 20 months, from late 2018. They will work alongside the Park's Rangers and other project partners to learn about greenspace management.


Bringing Nature Closer will restore ditches on two floodplain meadows and manage water levels so they can be kept wetter for longer to attract wildlife. The Trust will construct viewing platforms and interpretation panels to give visitors unprecedented views over these meadows. The Mick George Community Fund and Environment Agency are also kindly contributing towards this project.

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.


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

Targets to 2020:

  • Seek opportunities to commercialise Share Peterborough in order to sustain and grow the B2B platform.
  • PECT will engage with 1,000 organisations to make eco improvements and encourage 200 volunteers to get involved with their work.
  • Development proposals of 15 or more dwellings should provide a minimum of 30% affordable housing.
  • Peterborough will have an awarding university
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Share Peterborough is celebrating its 100th registration!

The UK’s first business to business resource sharing platform to be developed by a city, Share Peterborough, is celebrating its 100th registration!

The eclectic mix of businesses means that amongst the first 100 members are international brands like Coca-Cola European Partners and Skanska, local businesses Serpentine Green and Rawlinsons Solicitors, and even charities like Thorpe Hall Hospice and Railworld Wildlife Haven.

Developed jointly and launched in December by Opportunity Peterborough and Peterborough City Council, Share Peterborough has received avid interest from the city’s business community who can use it free of charge to share their resources that are either no longer needed or are under-utilised.

Steve Bowyer, chief executive of Opportunity Peterborough, said “The sharing and collaborative economy allows businesses to share what they have with others and reduce the amount of waste they produce. 
"In Peterborough we dont just focus on products but on people and places tooWe have already seen some great examples of companies working together, classically illustrated through Masteroast's unwanted coffee sacks being repurposed into shopping bags and flood defence products by Peterborough Reuse. Not only was landfill reduced, but new skills and jobs were also created.”
Meeting spaces and telephone systems are amongst the growing number of products, skills and places becoming available on the new sharing platform:
  • A complete telephone system including phones, headsets and computer screens, listed by Coca-Cola, available in return for a donation to their chosen charity.
  • Opportunity Peterborough took up an offer from Peterborough Regional College to share their conference space for the Future Peterborough team to deliver a free workshop in March. 
The platform was developed as part of the Future Peterborough programme, run by economic development company Opportunity Peterborough and Peterborough City Council. Share Peterborough aims to help develop a circular economy within the city by supporting organisations to reduce waste, find new uses for items they no longer need and ensure their resources are used to maximum capacity.
To find out more about Share Peterborough and to register your business for free, visit: www.sharepeterborough.com


Peterborough businesses awarded for their green achievements!

The eco achievements of local and regional businesses have been brought into the spotlight with the annual Investors in the Environment (iiE) Awards, which were held on Tuesday 21st February 2017 at Peterborough’s Kingsgate Conference Centre.

Investors in the Environment is an environmental accreditation scheme designed to help the business sector save money and reduce their impact on the environment. The annual iiE Awards celebrates business green champions.

In this year alone, the region’s member businesses collectively saved: 

  • Enough water to fill 12 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
  • Enough CO2 to almost fill the Houses of Parliament.
  • Enough paper to prevent 519 trees being cut down.
  • …And the amount of ‘miles not driven’ through sustainable transport choices was the equivalent of driving around the world 43 times!

Guests heard from this year’s Guest Speaker Phil Williams, the founder and director of Plan-It Eco, an organisation that champions the environmental education of schools and businesses. Phil has many years of experience in public speaking, starting out his career as a presenter for BBC Educational TV before working as a director within the television industry.

In addition to this, at the iiE Awards member businesses secured Bronze, Silver or the highest level of Green accreditation, plus they discovered who won further awards – such as the ‘Great Green Star’, ‘Best Green Champion’ and the ‘Overall Outstanding Achievement Award’.

“We’re thrilled to see so many businesses join in and share in celebrating one another’s accomplishments this year,” explains iiE’s April Sotomayor. “We’ve seen incredibly inspiring practice from organisations that are really pushing the outer limits of ‘green’ achievement by reducing their impacts on the environment.”

iiE would like to thank Hunt & Coombs Solicitors for supporting the Awards. For more information about iiE, visit www.iie.uk.com.

The full list of iiE Awards 2017 winners:


Mid-Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust

KingsGate Community Church and Conference Centre


Pluswipes Limited



Brook & Mayo Limited
The University of Northampton
IPM Global Mobility Limited
Buckles Solicitors LLP
Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Athene Communications
Peterborough Regional College
Pennine Pack
Lark Energy
PPS Print
Electric Corby
Bulley Davey
Longhurst Group
Vivacity Premier Fitness
Vivacity Jack Hunt Pool & Gym
Vivacity Regional Pool & Gym
Wellingborough Homes
Blue Sky Green Energy
Peterborough City Council
Prince Energy

The National Flooring Company

Leeton Building Services

Great Green Star - Large Business

City College Peterborough
University of Lincoln

Great Green Star - Small Business

Daventry District Council
Skanska Peterborough Highways
Hunt & Coombs Solicitors

Overall Outstanding Achiever Award – Large Business

Cross Keys Homes

Overall Outstanding Achiever Award - Small Business

Budget Paper Supplies

Best Green Champion Award – Large Business

Clare Topping - Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust

Lorraine Bean - St Andrew’s Healthcare

Best Green Champion Award – Small Business

Green Champions - Cambridge and Counties Bank

Green Champions - Rawlinsons

Green Champions - Manit Contractors


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.

Peterborough signs circular commitment

City businesses commit to creating a circular economy by 2050.

City organisations including Royal Haskoning DHV, Skanska, Viridor and Coca Cola, Free Thinking, I3 Media and Railworld, attended a signing ceremony committing support to create a Circular Peterborough by 2050.
Circular Peterborough, a Future Peterborough initiative, delivered by Opportunity Peterborough and Peterborough City Council, encourages collaborative working across the city to maximise the lifecycle of products and services, driving greater resource productivity, reducing environmental impact and addressing declining natural resource issues.
The Circular Peterborough Commitment sets out an approach; rethinking, redesigning, repairing, reusing, remanufacturing, recycling and recovering products and services – the 7 R’s which enables the city to make the most of local resources, support economic resilience, develop strong communities and increase environmental sustainability. Organisations who have signed the commitment are actively involved in developing pilot projects and initiatives which encourage a more sustainable approach to business in our city.
Steve Bowyer, Chief Executive of Opportunity Peterborough and Project Director of the Future Cities Programme said: ‘Put simply, if we continue to use resources at the current rate, we will need three planets worth to support future generations. Creating a circular economy here in Peterborough starts at grassroots with city businesses committing to rethink the way they operate’.
Paul Rowland, Regional Manager for Viridor added of the commitment: “Peterborough is at the forefront of developing a more resource efficient UK. As a city we must look to reduce the amount of waste we produce, recycle as much as possible and then at the Energy Recovery Facility we work closely with Peterborough City Council to transform what residents throw away in their bins into powering homes in the city along with supporting local businesses to divert waste away from landfill. By committing to the Circular Peterborough initiative we will be able to support the city as it grows in the future, developing a more resilient and successful place to live.”

Peterborough shares smart success on the global stage

After winning the title of “World Smart City 2015”, Peterborough was invited to showcase its citizen-centred approach towards creating a smart city to an international audience of more than 400 city leaders, influencers, businesses and smart technology innovators.

Delivered by economic development company, Opportunity Peterborough, and Peterborough City Council, the Peterborough DNA project was formed four years ago after the city was awarded £3 million by the Technology Strategy Board, (now Innovate UK) to test, develop and implement new and smarter ways of connecting people, places and services.

Steve Bowyer, Chief Executive of Opportunity Peterborough said: “It was brilliant to share our work with an international audience that holds the same ambition as Peterborough – to create smart, sustainable cities. Peterborough has a fantastic story to tell and events like this provide the perfect opportunity for us to showcase our city to prospective investors, businesses and other city leaders.”

The Smart City Expo took place from 15 – 17 November in Barcelona. Opportunity Peterborough and Peterborough City Council were joined by a number of partners and sponsors at the exhibition, including: Arcus Global, British Standards Institute, Honeywell, Blue Sky, Pinsent Masons, MyCognition and Folklabs.

To find out more about the successes of Peterborough’s smart city programme, visit: www.futurepeterborough.com

'Carriers for Causes' grants available of up to £1000

Carriers for Causes grants are available for good causes within two miles of a participating One Stop shop. Grants of up to £1000 will be available to support projects that ‘benefit local communities - helping to improve lives and local places’.

Grants are available to non-profit organisations and groups only. The types of projects funded will be very broad and will cover the direct costs needed to deliver the project, this could be buying litter pickers and bags for a community cleanup days, plants, spades and forks to plant up a new community garden, the cost of a minibus for a day trip for a community group or the materials needed to paint a room at the local hospice. 

One Stop’s ‘Carriers for Causes’ is funded through the money raised from the 5p bag charge in One Stop stores in England, Wales and Scotland.

Carriers for Causes is a rolling programme, meaning that you can apply for funding all year round. Applications are shortlisted on a quarterly basis for panel decision which will take place every three months. Applicants will generally know the outcome of their application within 16 weeks of applying. 

What types of projects are eligible?

  • One off community events such as community fun day expenses, summer youth camp, litter picking, sports events, expenses to pay for terminally ill cancer patients on visits to the seaside.
  • Purchasing items to run a project such as specialised medical equipment, football/cricket /netball kit for local junior club, arts and craft materials for a workshop, kitchen equipment for a healthy eating project, marketing materials for an event, fishing kit for youth project.
  • Improvements to community buildings such as painting, refurbishing buildings such as hospices, scout or guide huts, school building, community centres.
  • Improvements to external spaces such as park clean ups, community gardens, hospital/hospice gardens, disabled access projects, food growing projects, woodland walk.
  • Purchasing materials to undertake a place based improvement project such as buying paint, litter pickers, gravel, grass seed, plants, and benches.

This list is not exhaustive, and consideration is given to any projects that meet the programme’s aims and objectives.

Who can apply?
Applications will be accepted from a wide range of organisations including:

  • Voluntary/community organisations
  • Registered charities
  • Schools
  • Health bodies
  • Hospices
  • Sports clubs
  • Community day centres
  • Parish/Town councils
  • Social enterprises
  • Community Interest Companies
  • Community councils (Scotland)
  • Local authorities
  • Social Housing providers
  • Other not-for-profit organisations might also be eligible

Businesses and ‘for profit’ organisations are not eligible.

More information about Carriers for Causes is available at: www.groundwork.org.uk/Pages/Category/Carriers-for-Causes-uk 

Click here to Apply.

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%.


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

Targets to 2020:

  • Increase the proportion of physically active adults in Peterborough to match the rest of England.
  • On a trend basis, seek to reduce the number of people declared homeless.
  • Nene Park Trust will increase the percentage of visitors expressing benefits to their health and wellbeing through visiting the park from a baseline of 90% in 2016.
  • Reduce the proportion of people with an unhealthy weight.

Related eNewsletter articles:
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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Region’s first sensory room in a shopping centre launches

Queensgate Shopping Centre officially launched the region’s first purpose built sensory room to be available in a shopping centre.


Created to provide the parents of children with special needs and disabilities with a calm and peaceful sanctuary, the Little Miracles sensory room is free for shoppers to use seven days a week. The project, which started as a temporary pop-up last year, was proved so successful that it was agreed to make it an additional part of the shopping centre offering.


Taylor Rose TTKW, one of East Anglia’s leading legal firms, has given £10,000 in sponsorship to support the drop-in sensory room that is run by the charity Little Miracles, which helps families with children who have additional needs, disabilities and life-limiting conditions. Leeton Electrical also volunteered their services to help make the unit more suitable for its purpose, including by installing a disabled toilet complete with a hoist for wheelchair users.



The completed sensory room features a range of equipment, including LED optic fibres, a mobility hoist and soft play, together with activities that help children feel calmer and interact with others.


‘We’re very excited to have all four organisations working together to create the sensory room,’ says Michelle King, CEO of Little Miracles. ‘Without Queensgate we wouldn’t have a room at all. Without Taylor Rose TTKW we wouldn’t have been able to afford the equipment. And without Leetons we wouldn’t have been able to install the toilet. Together, these things will make a real difference for disabled people in Peterborough.’


‘We’re delighted to offer our support to the Little Miracles sensory room,’ adds Adrian Jaggard, MD of Taylor Rose TTKW. ‘They offer a real lifeline to families of children with special needs, who often struggle to find the right support. With this sensory room, we hope they’ll be able to reach out to even more families over the next six months.’


Mark Broadhead, Centre Director at Queensgate Shopping Centre said: “The sensory room has proven to be a well needed service for our customers and it has my absolute support. It is more important than ever to ensure everyone feels welcome and comfortable when visiting Queensgate.”

Explore the city in a new way with Walk Peterborough!

Are you a fan of walking? Do you want to improve your health and fitness? Need a reason to get outdoors? Then Walk Peterborough may be just what you’re looking for!

The new Walk Peterborough website provides an even easier way to enjoy walking in your local area. The website is designed specifically to record different routes around the city and surrounding areas. In addition, through mobile optimisation and GPS data, you can now conveniently map and follow your route on the go.

Whether you’re looking to explore the city’s cultural and heritage sites, enjoy family-friendly days out, improve your health and well-being, want to find dog-friendly walks or simply looking to enjoy the natural environment – there’s something for everyone! You can also choose a walking distance to suit your requirements.

The charity Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) has produced the new website, with funding from Travelchoice. Travelchoice aims to encourage the use of sustainable travel, reduce the need to travel by car, and improve the quality of life for all residents while reducing the city’s impact on climate change.

“Walk Peterborough is a fantastic resource for exploring the beauty of the city on foot with friends, family and colleagues,” explains Esther Baffa-Isaacs, Sustainable Travel Officer at Travelchoice. “It can be used to plot your commute to work, college or university and set up walking buses to schools. The value of the social aspects of the site is endless because it makes it possible for people to share their latest walking adventure and give inspiration to others.”

Not only can you see a range of suggested walks to do around Peterborough, you can even add in your own route ideas to help others like you discover more of Peterborough. For more information, please email info@pect.org.uk and visit the website at www.walkpeterborough.co.uk.


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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