Local support and coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance

Colchester Borough Council is providing support for residents, businesses, and communities. The government has announced that England has returned to Plan A. You should continue to protect yourself and others. Find further guidance on GOV.UK.

Enhancing biodiversity and protect our environment

The Council’s headline project for protecting biodiversity and the natural environment is the Woodland and Biodiversity Project. The project aims to plant 200,000 trees by 2024 to help support wildlife, capture carbon, and improve the natural environment. Find out more about the project including how you can volunteer to plant a tree.

We are also committed to phasing out the use of glyphosate chemical herbicides previously used to kill weeds on our green spaces. We are currently testing alternative ways to kill weeds including hand removal and using a potato starch foam solution. The frequency that mowing occurs on several Council green spaces is also reducing to promote the growth of wildflowers and support biodiversity. Visit the Colchester Woodland and Biodiversity pages to find out more about this work, including answers to your questions about our use of glyphosate.

By carrying out this project, we aim to bring benefits to people as well as the environment. Getting outside in greener spaces helps to improve physical and mental health.

Page last reviewed: 9 July 2021