Penrith Action for Community Transition (PACT)

New Repair Cafés

Two Repair Cafés have started up in Eden District: in Penrith and Kirkby Stephen. If you've got a broken toaster, a jumper with a hole in or a bike that needs fixing, please bring it along and hopefully get it fixed for free.

If you are handy with a screwdriver, a spanner, a sewing machine, or anything else and want to share your skills then get in touch with Eden Arts or Kirkby Stephen Community Arts. Read Chris' account of the first Penrith cafe and watch some films.

Kirkby Stephen Repair Café, 7 June

Penrith Repair Café, 24th June

Kirkby Stephen Repair Café, 5th July

Don't bin it - fix it - at a repair café
Don't bin it - fix it - at a repair café

PACT and Freegle are keen to encourage people to grow-your-own communally, in your own back garden or on your window sill.

Find a community garden

CAfS Sustain Eden
Various projects supported by the Big Lottery Fund
PACT was a partner in the Sustain Eden scheme run by Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS) that is funded by the Big Lottery Fund. Their Communities Living Sustainably fund supports communities in England to live and work in a more sustainable way. The SustainEden project ran from February 2013 for three years.

Appleby Edibles update

Work has continued over the winter months adding more planter beds to the polytunnel and installing a rainwater collection system. One advantage of a polytunnel is you can work what ever the weather.

A wild flower bed is being sown and one member wants to take up bee keeping, has anyone got unused hives we can inherit ?

More info on Appleby Edibles

Appleby Edibles Polytunnel outside planters
The Appleby Edibles Polytunnel outside planters are maturing nicely having grown potatoes last year and the recent addition of our home matured compost.

Environmental action in Eden District

PACT aims to increase our ability in Penrith & the Eden Valley to cope with the challenges of peak oil, climate change and economic sustainability. PACT is an environmental group started in Cumbria in 2008, and is part of the growing transition town network in the UK and around the world. PACT is made up of a group of like-minded and enthusiastic volunteers, committed to making a real difference in the local community.

Penrith Community Gardeners update

We have started gardening again (when weather permits) in the raised beds and peace garden at the Salvation Army in Hunter Lane on Tuesdays from 10am. We'll be gardening there and around town in our other planters for an hour and then meet back at the SA for group coffee at 11am.

Anyone is welcome to join in and help to make our town look even better. Also a chance to grow fruit and veg and be supported by folks who know how to do it! Find us on Facebook

More info on community gardening in Eden

Harvesting the leeks at the Salvation Army, Penrith
Harvesting the leeks at the Salvation Army, Penrith

Look what we've done

Force Beck Wood, Shap

Make your own Garden of Eden

Story Giants of Eden

Films and reports