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The city’s annual Green Festival – one of the longest running and biggest environmental events in the whole of the UK – is set to move to a new venue for 2018!
The charity PECT, who organises the event, is delighted to announce that this year the event will be held at the popular family-friendly location of Ferry Meadows, in Nene Park.
In addition, this year the event will take place on Saturday 11th August, from 10am-4pm. Plus fringe events with partners will run until 19th August, meaning there’s plenty of opportunities for everyone to get involved.
“2018 marks the 25th year of PECT’s work as an environmental charity,” explains PECT’s Stuart Dawks. “We decided that this was the perfect opportunity to team up with Nene Park, which is celebrating its 40th birthday in the same year, because we know this fantastic green location means so much to local residents.”
PECT was launched as ‘Peterborough Environment City Trust’ in 1993, after Peterborough’s designation in 1992 as one of four UK environment cities after a nationwide competition. Nene Park Trust became a charity in 1988 when the Peterborough Development Corporation wound down and the importance of protecting Nene Park was recognised.
Matthew Bradbury, Chief Executive at Nene Park Trust, said: “We are delighted to host this year’s Green Festival and to be working even more closely with our friends at PECT. Nene Park is the ideal location for the festival and we hope that you will all come and enjoy the activities and, of course, the Park.”
Bringing together attractions, community groups, charities and businesses, the Green Festival offers plenty of fun for the whole family. The event encourages visitors to discover how to live more sustainably and to develop long-term behaviour change. Areas of focus include everything from sustainable transport, recycling, locally and sustainably produced food, and nature and biodiversity.
There are lots of opportunities for audience participation, and the Festival also includes exciting environmental-themed art works by local artists who are specially commissioned to highlight sustainability issues in innovative and engaging ways. PECT is delighted to have been awarded Arts Council England funding for this.
To keep up to date on what PECT is up to, visit www.pect.org.uk or see Twitter and Facebook @SustainablePECT, and Instagram @sustainable_pect. If you’d like to get involved with organising an activity as part of this year’s festival, please email www.neneparktrust.org.uk.