On Friday 19th November, members of the Peterborough Sikh Community came together to celebrate Guru Nanak's 552nd birth anniversary, by planting trees along the edge of the River Nene by the lock at Orton Staunch. Over two days 24 trees were planted creating the beginning of Guru Nanak Lane. Staff from Nene Park Trust and PECT were also present to celebrate the event and to help plant the trees. The trees have been funded by the Sikh community's fundraising with support from PECT as part of their Forest for Peterborough Project.

The events were part of a wider project to plant 550 trees across Nene Park over the next few years, in celebration of Guru Nanak's 550th birthday, and linked to the Sikh communities that are planting trees worldwide to commemorate the occasion. Guru Nanak is the founder of Sikhism and the first of the ten Sikh Gurus. Guru Nanak Gurpurab is a festival celebrating Guru Nanak's birthday and was the day we commenced our continued tree planting this year

A total of 55 trees have now been planted and the project will continue in February next year and a celebration in April!

We are looking forward to more tree planting and meeting more members of the local community. With the arrival of our National Lottery Heritage Funded project Your Community Greenspace we will see more of this exciting work as we celebrate the amazing diversity of cultures and communities across Peterborough.

If you are part of a community group that would like to get involved with celebrations at Nene Park, please contact [email protected].