‘Waste not, want not’ means gift for Railworld

Residents / 12 Jul 2017

Local charity Railworld Wildlife Haven has recently received a delivery of reclaimed street furniture from Peterborough City Council as part of the Lower Bridge Street public realm improvements.

This latest donation of guard rails, cycle hoops and litter bins was kindly transported by council contractor Skanska, who along with some Peterborough City Council staff, have also been involved in volunteering events to get the materials in situ.

Brian Pearce, volunteer and chair of the board of Railworld trustees, said: “Over the past almost 30 years people giving their time voluntarily and secondhand gifts like these have led to the creation of a much improved environment for local wildlife and visitors alike.

“For a charity with sustainability at the heart - our moto is 'Entertain and Educate about Our World' - we were delighted when the council called to say that more old street furniture needed a new home.

“The pedestrian guard rails will be put to good use by separating the car park from footpaths, and cyclists will be chuffed that there’s going to be more space for them to safely lock their bikes.”

With Railworld volunteers averaging age 70, the charity is rightly proud of the thriving wildlife haven they've created in the 16 acres of inner city land originally acquired by Reverend Richard Paten back in 1985.

The charity has strongly embraced the Circular Peterborough initiative, positioning themselves as the local champions of reuse and repurpose. 

The fruits of their labour include repurposing Victorian aqueducts as pedestrian bridges and using an old car park barrier gate drive to turn a 2.5m scale model of our 'World'.

Councillor Peter Hiller, cabinet member for growth, planning, housing and economic development, said: “I’m delighted the old materials salvaged from the city centre public realm improvements are being given a new use by this local charity."

Railworld has achieved a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor three years in a row.