Date issued: 10 January 2019
Colchester Borough Council is offering residents a helping hand to green-up their gardens, with its annual ‘Trees for Years’ giveaway on Saturday 2 February.
‘Trees for Years’ sees over 2,000 free native trees, shrubs and fruit bushes, chosen for their value to bee and wildlife friendly gardening, made available for free to residents, community groups, schools and town or parish councils on the day.
Now in its 13th year, the scheme has been made possible thanks to £2,000 sponsorship from idVerde, which works in partnership with the council to maintain the Borough’s green spaces.
Andy Fulcher, of idVerde, said: “We are extremely pleased to support Trees for Years once again. Not only is this a great scheme to help residents and community groups to green up their gardens for free, but the day is always a great opportunity for our team to meet and get to know Colchester’s residents.”
On the day, each household will be able to choose up to three plants to take away and schools, community groups or parish councils can take up to fifteen. Trees include Field maple, Silver birch, Red stem dogwood, Yellow stem dogwood and for residents with less garden space there will be a variety of shrubs including Lavender, Bird cherry, Blackcurrant, Gooseberries and Raspberries. All trees are bare-root and range in height from 50cm to 1.2m.
Residents can also collect a free planting guide on the day, plus members of the council's Parks team will be on hand to advise on the best plants to suit residents’ gardens.
Cllr Tina Bourne, Portfolio Holder for Housing and Communities, said: “A big thank you to idverde for their continued support and sponsorship of this inspiring initiative, which gives residents a chance to help create a greener borough and boost healthy habitats for insects and wildlife. Last year, around 700 people attended the event and all the plants had been snapped up by midday – so be quick!”
The event takes place at Rowan House, Sheepen Road, Colchester CO3 3WG from 10am until 1pm or until stock runs out. The trees are only available to borough residents, who will be asked to show proof of living in the borough with a utility bill or similar. Residents should also bring their own bags. To find out more about Trees for Years, visit www.colchester.gov.uk/treesforyears