Trees for Years

More information on the trees for years event


  • Frequently asked questions

When is the event taking place?

Saturday 2 February 2019 between 10am – 1pm or sooner if all the stock goes.  A notice by the entrance to the car park will be display when all of the plants are gone.

Where is it taking place?

The council offices at Rowan House, 33 Sheepen Road next to the retail park.

Where can I park?

There is limited free parking at Rowan House, Sheepen Road

What is the best time to arrive?

As the plants are given away on a first come first serve basis the earliest arrivals at 10am will have a larger variety of plants to choose from.  It is not unusual for residents to queue for 10 – 15 minutes to collect some plants during the first hour of the event.

How many plants can I have?

3 plants per resident or up to 15 per school, community group or parish council.

Can I collect for my family and friends?

No, due to the popularity of the event only one person per household can collect the plants up to the maximum allocation.

Do I need to bring proof that I am a resident?

Yes, you will just be asked to provide your postcode and house number and proof you are a Colchester resident like a recent utility bill.

Why is my postcode recorded?

Recording the postcode allows Colchester Borough Council to monitor the distribution of the plants in the borough.

I would like some plants but I’m not sure which ones would be suitable for my garden?

Members of the Parks & Recreation Service will be available to give advice on which plants would be suitable for different size gardens.

Where can I plant the plants?

The trees/shrubs must only be planted on private land like your own garden. Plants must NOT be planted on Council land.

How big are the plants?

The plants are bare root and range from 50cm high up to 1.2m high.

Do I need to bring a bag to put the plants in?

Yes, but a limited number of bags will be available for groups collecting larger amounts.

How is this initiative funded?

Trees for Years are sponsored by idverde.  idverde carry out the grounds maintenance in the Colchester Borough.

Can I reserve some plants before the event and collect on the day?

No, due to the popularity of the event the plants are given out on a first come first serve basis.

Will the event go ahead if it is raining?

The event will not be cancelled if it is raining.  Residents should wear suitable waterproof clothing.

Will the event go ahead if it’s snowing?

The event may be cancelled if weather conditions make the site unsafe for the public or the plant material cannot be lifted due to frozen ground.

How will I know if the event has been cancelled?

The local press and radio will be informed of any cancellation.  Posters will be updated and signs to inform the public will be put up at the Rowan House car park.

If the event is cancelled will it be held on another date?

Yes, a new date will be advertised.

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