Parish Clerk: Donna Tristram
Victory Hall, Villa Road
Stanway, Colchester, Essex

Colchester Woodland and Biodiversity Project continues to green the borough

Colchester Borough Council continues to plant trees across Colchester for the second year, as part of the Colchester Woodland and Biodiversity Project, despite having to postpone public planting events due to national lockdown restrictions. This includes supplying many trees for parish and town councils to plant, and replacing trees lost in last year's exceptionally dry spring.

In December, the council provided 1,460 whips to Stanway Parish Council, 180 whips to Wivenhoe Town Council and eight standard trees for West Mersea Town Council. This month 35 whips were supplied to Chappel Parish Council and 224 whips for Langham Parish Council. Further trees will be supplied to parish and town councils once lockdown restrictions are eased.

In addition, Colchester Borough Council staff have also been planting at some of the borough's famous green spaces, including 2,365 whips for hedging across Castle Park, High Woods Country Park, Cymbeline Meadows and Salary Brook.

The council had to postpone several planned public planting events earlier this month, due to take place through until March, after the latest period of national lockdown was announced. They plan to reschedule planting days in the Autumn, should restrictions allow, and hope that the many volunteers who had registered to join-in will continue to support the project and take part as soon as it safe to do so.

Council staff, along with Together We Grow, will plant the trees being supplied by the Woodland Trust over a number of identified sites in the coming weeks. All the planting days under the project are supported by Together We Grow CIC, a not-for-profit Social Enterprise improving the lives of communities and individuals through encouraging engagement with nature, which is based at the beautiful Big Garden in High Woods Country Park. As well as supplying trees, the Woodland Trust is also providing biodegradable rabbit guards to help protect each tree without the risk of contaminating the environment with plastic debris.

More information is available on the Community/Greening the Parish section of this website and, via the link.

Posted: Mon, 01 Feb 2021 15:04 by David Lines

Tags: Community, Woodland Project