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Colchester Borough Councils Biggest Tree Giveaway Yet!

Our annual ‘Trees for Years’ giveaway, returns on Saturday 22 February 2020. This year, as part of the Colchester Woodland Project and to mark the start of a new decade, there will be ten thousand trees given away, instead of the planned two thousand and twenty!

To support the large number of trees the event will this year take place in the car park of Colchester United JobServe Community Stadium, United Way, Colchester CO4 5UP. 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.

On the day ten thousand free native trees, shrubs and fruit bushes, chosen for their ability to promote wildlife in gardens and value to our local bee population, will be made available to residents, community groups, schools and town or parish councils on the day.

On the day, residents can arrive from 10am and trees will be given away on a first come first serve basis. Each household will be able to choose up to ten plants to take away, remaining stock dependant. Schools and community groups can take up to fifty, and town and parish councils should contact to discuss their requirements before the day if greater than fifty.

The event will run until 2pm, or until stocks run out. To celebrate this extended giveaway, there will also be a number of stalls and exhibitors on site from across the borough, including other council departments, local authors, community groups, garden centres and more. There’ll be goodies, refreshments and lots of information available; plus, idVerde will have some impressive machinery and cutting equipment on display.

Now in its 14th 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; and through funding from the Better Colchester campaign as part of the Colchester Woodland project.

Full list of trees

A full list of trees available is detailed below, and for residents with less garden space there will be a variety of shrubs available too (also listed below). All trees are bare-root and range in height from 50cm to 1.2m. Residents can also collect a free planting guide and members of the council's Parks team will be on hand to advise on the best plants to suit residents’ gardens.

  • Acer campestre
  • Betula pendula
  • Corylus avellane
  • Ilex aquifolium
  • Prunus padus
  • Fagus sylvatica
  • Carpinus betulus
  • Cornus alba
  • Cornus S Flaviremea
  • Sorbus aucuparia
  • Tilia cordata
  • Quecus robur
  • Blackcurrant
  • Raspberry
  • Gooseberry
  • Lavender
  • Crataegus monogyna
  • Salix caprea
  • Malus sylvestris
  • Amelanchier lamarckii
  • Prunus avium


The stadium is located on the north of the town, near to Colchester Business Park, and is now easily accessible from the town via the Northern Approach Road and Via Urbis Romanae. To access the stadium, you can also make use of the A12 Junction 28, the postcode is CO4 5UP.

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