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Tree planting continues

More than 200,000 trees will be planted across the borough over the next five years

Date issued: 16 December 2019

Over 200 more trees have been planted as part of the Colchester Woodland Project.

The project, part of the council's Better Colchester campaign, will see over 200,000 trees planted across the borough over the next five years, including the planting of a new community woodland which is hoped to begin at the end of 2020. It’s one of the greening steps the council is taking in response to the climate emergency.

Twelve large native standard trees were planted at Chinnock Open Space on Wednesday 4 December; two hundred native whips were planted at Tile House Farm open space in Great Horkesley on Saturday 7 December, and eight Holm Oak and seven Scots Pine trees were planted at Westlands Country Park on Wednesday 11 December. Residents turned out to help plant at all the locations, and planting support was provided by Together We Grow.

There are two more planting events due to take place before Christmas:

  • Wednesday 18 December 2019: Hickory Avenue Open Space, Greenstead (10 trees including silver birch, Hazel and Field Maple)
  • Saturday 21 December 2019: The Big Garden, High Woods Country Park High Woods (20 Fruit trees)

To register to help plant please email parks@colchester.gov.uk.

Cllr David King, Portfolio Holder for Business and Resources, said: “I’m thrilled to see the planting continue as part of the project, and that residents are showing up to help and give their support to this important cause. 

“The woodland project is about more than just planting trees, though: it’s about establishing, preserving and maintaining all woodland habitats that help make our borough green, and we can all play our part in that.”

The names of people who plant a tree as part of the Colchester Woodland Project are now available on an online register on the on the council’s website so that residents can see the part they are playing in helping Colchester become carbon neutral by 2030. The register and details of all future planting events can be found at www.colchester.gov.uk/colchesterwoodlandproject.

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