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.
Later in the year Stanway Parish Council will be working with Colchester Borough Council (CBC) 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 next planting season, which is Autumn 2020 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 already identified several locations across the parish for this planting, these being a row of trees to be positioned on the border of the Villa Road playing field along the Homebase side, from Tollgate Hall to the hedge at the Tollgate Road end; on Silver Witch Green to give some shade to the new multi-gym when we know where this is to be situated; and at the Comb Meadow Burial Site. More ideas are needed.
If you have any other suggestions, including your own private gardens, please do contact SPC following this link.
When these sites have been verified by CBC the trees will be donated free of charge together with initial support features.
Here is a list of tree species available:
For public realm sites and gardens:
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.