Greening the Parish
GREENING THE PARISH – STAGE ONE
The first stage of the planting took place last week when 45 laurels were planted outside Victory Hall, Villa Road. These plants will, in time, grow into a hedge.
Stanway Parish Council is working with Colchester Borough Council (CBC) and participating in the Colchester Woodland Project, which is in its second of five years. The aim of the project is to plant 200,000 native trees across the borough as part of a move to try and minimise the effects of climate change. An additional benefit will be the pleasing aspect that the trees, especially blossom bearing varieties, will bring to the public realm and to our sense of well-being. Plans are underway for the planting season this Autumn, and will co-ordinate with National Tree Week beginning 25th November. All the trees will be native broadleaf species which, if planted in the right location, should live to a good age, grow to a good size and provide valuable habitat for wildlife.
Stanway Parish Council has identified several locations across the parish for this planting, these being the border of the Villa Road playing field along the Homebase side; the Drought Garden on Villa Road; on Silver Witch Green; and at the Comb Meadow Burial Site.
THIS EVENT IS NOW CANCELLED. IT IS HOPED TO HOLD THE EVENT IN JANUARY 2021. A NEW DATE WILL BE ADVISED.
And now we are going to hand over the baton to local residents. On Saturday 21st November at 11.00am Stanway Parish Council is organising a FREE tree and shrub give-away. In order to comply with Tier Two regulations the event will be a drive-through route around the Village Hall on Villa Road, and you will be able to collect trees and shrubs of your choice. There will be no charge for this but SPC will limit the number of plants each person can take.
If you have any questions, or require a larger quantity, please do contact SPC by emailing: email@example.com.
All these trees will be donated free of charge together with initial support features as part of the council's move to greening the parish.
Here is a list of tree species available:
Birch, Hawthorn, Hazel, Holly, Bid Cherry, Mountain Ash (Rowan)
Suitable for public realm sites and larger gardens:
Field Maple, Hornbeam, Beech, Oak, Lime
Hawthorn, Hazel, Holly, Bird Cherry, Field Maple, Hornbeam and Beech are also suggested as good hedge species.