Thursday 4 March | Chloe Peterson

For her #100DaysOfGreenNevis project, oboe player Chloe Peterson is walking 500 miles to raise money for Trees for Cities.

As one of our favourite things to play at Nevis is ‘500 Miles’ by The Proclaimers, I thought I would honour it by walking 500 miles myself! The Green Nevis campaign has been an excellent opportunity to take up the challenge and use it to make a real difference by raising money for Trees for Cities. 

I’m lucky to live in a fairly rural commuter village with plenty of green space but I know from experience of city-living that having trees on a street can make the difference between it feeling like a nice place or not. This is why I was drawn to Trees for Cities, as they are dedicated to bringing green to our urban spaces as well as involving citizens in projects for their local community. As I write this, I have reached a total of 146.28 miles (the distance from my house to my grandparents’) and raised £491 of my £500 target! With this sum, Trees for Cities are able to plant 81 trees, which is super exciting!

Spending so much time walking every day has really given me the chance to connect with my local environment. I am getting to know the faces of people who live near me and appreciate the neighbourhood gardens as they emerge for spring. What has excited me the most is probably seeing deer, because I didn’t know there were deer so close! I’ve seen them on three separate occasions now and I’ve started to recognise their tracks in the mud. 

My walks have also provided the chance to spend time with my neighbour Judith, and we have been known to pick up the odd coffee on the way round. I recently suffered a set-back as I have injured my knee climbing over a particularly high stile, but I’m hoping that by slowly building activity back up I’ll start to pick up a bit of momentum again. 

To add some interest to my routes, I have started drawing some (quite abstract) images with the GPS tracker which records my walks on Strava. It started off with themed images for notable days, like Pancake Day and Jamie Munn Day, but I’m excited to try out some musical instruments, like this violin:

If you’d like to learn more about Trees for Cities, check out their website: https://www.treesforcities.org

If you’re in a position to donate to my fundraiser, you can show your support on my JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/chloe-peterson

From 1 February 2021, Nevis is running #100DaysOfGreenNevis, where our musicians, staff and trustees will each take on a task for 100 days linked to Sustainability. We’d love you to join us, either by following the campaign online to get ideas of what you can do, or to show us you own actions for us to share. If you would like to know more, do get in touch at georgina@nevisensemble.org 

Nevis Ensemble’s #GreenNevis campaign in 2019 won the Environmental Sustainability award at the 2020 Scottish Awards for New Music, and was shortlisted for Best Campaign by Julie’s Bicycle.