Just had an email through with details of the Council’s Trees For Years scheme for next year. As has happened in previous years, the Council will be giving out 2,013 trees, shrubs and bushes to Colchester residents to help make the Borough a greener place.

Next year’s event will be taking place on Saturday 2nd February, between 10am and 1pm at Rowan House – the Council’s main offices on Sheepen Road, just off the Middleborough roundabout. These are the species that will be available:

Raspberry canes
Blackcurrant canes
Gooseberry bush
Blackberry root
Acer campestre – Field Maple
Prunus padus – Bird Cherry
Betula pendula – Silver Birch
Corylus avellana – Hazel cob nut
Cornus alba ‘Siberica’ – Red Stem dogwood
Cornus stolonifera ‘Flaviramea’ – Yellow stem Dogwood

Individuals can take up to three plants, and community groups up to twenty, though all will be available on a first come, first served basis.