Penrith Action for Community Transition (PACT)

Good goods - Free!

Free jumble sale in Shap

Let's share the world's resources: hand on things when you've finished using them to others using Freegle online or at one of the free give and take events:

  • Give and Take - Saturday 30/10, 10am - 12 noon, Memorial Hall, Shap.

Action on Plastic

PACT has begun a campaign to reduce single-use plastic in and around Penrith, thanks to funding from Cumbria Council's Waste Prevention Fund.

  • We've started a Refill Penrith/Cumbria scheme to let you refill a water bottle wherever you are
  • And now we'd like you to make some pledges to reduce your use of plastic

Get involved now!

Join the Refill scheme

Make your Plastic Pledges

Plastic Clever Penrith

Plastics in Ullswater

Keep Penrith Tidy - Love where you live Keep Penrith Tidy - Love where you Live

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

Zero Carbon Cumbria - Eden

  • PACT stall in Penrith: Drop in to our monthly stall at the Cornmarket bandstand - next one: 23rd October 2021
  • The PACT 2021 AGM, Talk and Social is on Friday 1st October, 7pm. Talk: "Thawing Permafrost: the tipping time bomb"
  • Penrith Repair Café open 10am-1pm Saturday 9th October 2021
  • The next PACT get together is on Weds, 20th October.
  • The Penrith Community Gardeners meet on Tuesday mornings at 10am at the Salvation Army at Hunter Lane for couple of hours around town of 'green gym' and 'vocal chord' exercise not forgetting smiles and laughter!
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Electric Bike Charging Points in The Lake District, Cumbria

Climate & Ecological Emergency declared by EDC


Recycle your inkjet cartridges to help us

Repair Cafés are running in Eden District in Penrith 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. Read Chris' account of the first Penrith cafe and watch some films.

Penrith Repair Café

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

Community Fund - Climate Action Fund

We’re members of a partnership of more than seventy organisations working towards the shared goal of a zero-carbon Cumbria by 2037. The National Lottery's Climate Action Fund is funding the Zero Carbon Cumbria project for five years from 2021 - thanks!

For PACT, it means we can greatly expand on the popular events we run in Eden - from repair cafes to Freegle Give and Takes - and it’ll allow us to explore some exciting new ones, too.

Appleby Edibles

Appleby Edibles returns to the polytunnel! We are all excited that AE is back at the AHC site and all keen to get growing, with an enthusiastic membership currently of 15 people. This is hugely encouraging. Please keep coming forward with your great ideas for improving the organisation.

Regular work days, Tuesdays 10am-12noon.

More info on Appleby Edibles

Appleby Edibles
Appleby Edibles developed a thriving community growing space at the heritage centre

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 will start gardening again in February 2021 (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