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.
- Pop in to the Repair Cafe, every second Saturday morning at the Penrith Old Fire Station.
- Sign up for our newsletter
- Community gardening Tuesdays 10-11am at the Salvation Army in Hunter Lane.
- Sat 5 May 10am: Litter Pick - Penrith
- Mon 7 May: May Day - Penrith
- Sat 12 May 10:30am: Repair Cafe - Penrith
- Sat 12 May 1pm: Freegle Give and Take - Penrith
- Weds 18 Jun 7:30pm: Get together - Penrith
- Report on Prof Mike Hambrey's talk on glaciers and climate change
- Plant something in the Garden of Eden
- Why not ask for some asparagus kale seeds or damson tree suckers.
- Or Grow some pea shoots for salad
- Fellside Forager recipes
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.
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.
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
Films and reports
- New films: PACT & Freegle at Penrith Show, Grow your own training course, Visiting Edible Gardens, Installing a Chimney Balloon, Zero Carbon Britain, Appleby Edibles, Community Gardening in Penrith and St Andrews Churchyard
- Photo report for Raised Beds for Food bank at Salvation Army in Penrith.
- Penrith wins trophies and accolades at Cumbria in Bloom 2012 due to our Greening and Garden of Eden projects.
- Pride in Penrith - see the Big Spring Clean film.