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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Colchester Borough Council is monitoring the situation closely and will continue to take action to minimise disruption and keep residents and visitors safe. 

Coronavirus: updates, advice and guidance

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Biodiversity

Biodiversity and green space play a vital role in storing carbon emissions and increasing human wellbeing. 

Colchester Woodland Project

To increase the tree cover throughout the borough, the Council has created the Colchester Woodland Project which involves the planting of 200,000 trees across the borough between 2020 and 2025 - and you can contribute by planting a tree yourself. Every year the Council also gives out trees to any Colchester residents for free as part of its Trees for Years event.  

Country Parks and Local Nature Reserves

In Colchester, there are several country park and local nature reserves that you can access to explore nature and get active. You can also volunteer to help conserve these valuable spaces with organisations such as The Conservation Volunteers (TCV), Essex Wildlife Trust and Colchester Countryside Volunteer Rangers (CCVR) or find out more about volunteering in Colchester's parks.

Parks and green space

There are many walking routes throughout Colchester which give you access to the variety of green space around the borough. The Castle Park is a notable area of green space offering a wide variety of recreational activities including an outdoor gym, mini-golf course and playgrounds.  

Other notable green spaces in the borough include High Woods Country Park and Colchester Cemetery and Crematorium, which, along with the Castle Park, scooped the national award in the 2019 Green Flag Awards. These awards shine a light on the UK’s very best parks and green spaces. The three sites are among a record-breaking 1,970 UK parks and green spaces and 131 in thirteen other countries around the world, that have received a prestigious Green Flag Award from Keep Britain Tidy – the mark of a quality park or green space. 

Use of Glyphosate herbicides

The Council has announced that its use of Glyphosate herbicides will stop. This decision followed a recommendation from the Council’s Environmental Sustainability Task and Finish Group, who advised Cabinet that the change would encourage biodiversity and reduce environmental impact. 

Page last reviewed: 4 March 2020

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