Colchester to turn green in tree giveaway comeback

A much-loved annual tree giveaway is expected to return on Saturday.

Trees for Years provides over 2,000 free trees and fruit bushes to Colchester residents, community groups, schools and town or parish councils.

It supports the Colchester Borough Council’s aim of creating a green, healthy borough for people to live, work and play in.

The giveaway will start at Rowan House, in Sheepen Road, from 10am and will end either at 1pm or when the stock of 2,018 trees runs out.

Advice will be given by members of the council’s parks team on which plants are suitable for certain sizes of garden.

Visitors should bring their own bags.

Households can pick up to three plants each whilst schools, community groups and parish councils can take fifteen.

The trees being given away are bare-root and their height will range from 50 centimetres to 1.2 metres.

The popular event, jointly run with grounds maintenance company idverde, attracted around 700 people last year with stock running out by midday.

Tina Bourne, Colchester councillor responsible for housing and communities, said: “Trees for Years gives residents a chance to enjoy beautiful plants in their own gardens and to help our environment.

“The event is always hugely popular, showing that Colchester residents share our commitment to creating an attractive, green place to live.”

To find out more about Trees for Years, visit



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