Colchester Museums are delighted to announce that the iconic holly trees outside Hollytrees museum, planted by Charles Gray back in 1729 and from which the house was subsequently named, along with the iconic copper beech outside the Natural History Museum, have been decked out with new lighting thanks to support from the Welcome Back Fund, which is awarded by central Government.
The new lighting will enable the trees, along with the Sycamore on the roof of Colchester Castle, to be lit for special occasions such as the upcoming Queen’s Jubilee and dedicated events and awareness days.
The new lighting will complement other historic lighting schemes in the town centre, all designed to shine a light on the town’s rich heritage and history, enhancing both residents and visitors' experiences.
The holly trees and the copper beech outside the Natural History Museum will be lit daily and the Sycamore on top of Colchester Castle will be lit for special events.
Councillor Darius Laws, Portfolio Holder for Economy, Business and Heritage, said:” It's fantastic that we now can light up trees at three key historic landmarks in the town centre. Colchester Museums play a hugely significant role in the local community by welcoming visitors to discover more about our town’s rich heritage along with helping to preserve our nationally important collections and buildings for future generations.”