Penrith Action for Community Transition (PACT)

Action on Plastic

PACT has begun a campaign to reduce single-use plastic in and around Penrith.

There's lots we'd like to do but our first step is to set up a Refill Penrith/Cumbria scheme to let you refill a water bottle wherever you are. We will be piloting this in 2018 thanks to funding from Cumbria Council's Waste Prevention Fund.

Join us to watch A Plastic Ocean on 23rd March at 7pm

Get involved now!

Join the Refill scheme

PACT collected 10 bags of litter on a 200m stretch of Ullswater
PACT collected 10 bags of litter on a 200m stretch of Ullswater, including approx 50 plastic bottles and 100 cans

Three Repair Cafés have started up in Eden District: in Penrith, Kirkby Stephen and Alston. 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 us or Kirkby Stephen Community Arts. Read Chris' account of the first Penrith cafe and watch some films.

Penrith Repair Café

Kirkby Stephen Repair Cafés in 2018

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 October update

Work progresses developing the site and we are pleased to say a couple at Cliburn near Penrith gave us an aluminium greenhouse. It was an education dismantling and re erecting it at our gardening site at the Appleby Heritage Centre. We fitted out the greenhouse with benches, a metal cupboard and relocated our pot bound vine there. It should grow well there having room for root development and more sunshine than in the polytunnel.

More info on Appleby Edibles

Members John and Donna Stokes have agreed to be our master seedling growers
Members John and Donna Stokes have agreed to be our master seedling growers

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