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Just to let you know that Colchester Council’s 2014 Trees For Years giveaway will be taking place on Saturday February 1st from 10am at Rowan House. Borough residents and community groups will be able to get free trees and shrubs from a variety of different species to help green the borough a little more. For more information, click here.

I wrote a while ago about the Council’s trees for years initiative, which was meant to happen this Saturday, the 2nd of February. However, because of the recent cold weather, it’s been necessary to delay this to allow the ground conditions to improve for moving the trees. It’s now scheduled to take place on Saturday 16th February, and all the details can be found by clicking here.

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.

Just a reminder that the Council’s Trees for Years giveaway is happening today. For more details click here.

As we’ve done in previous years, Colchester Borough Council will be giving away 2011 trees and plants this year to help make the Borough a greener place. This year’s giveaway will be on Saturday 22nd January at Rowan House. Full details:

Trees for Years 2011 will be taking place on Saturday 22nd January. The free trees will be given away from the Council Offices car park at Rowan House in Sheepen Road. Over 2000 trees will be available on a first come first serve basis. Residents can collect up to three trees/plants per household and community/volunteer groups, Schools and parish councils can collect up to 20 trees per organisation. Trees for Years are open to all residents, parish councils, community/volunteer/charity groups and schools in the Colchester Borough.

The trees will be available between 10am – 3pm. Trees must be planted on private ground. Cultivation guidance will be available. Postcode and housenumber will be recorded to monitor the distribution of the trees in Colchester. Please bring a carrier bag or black rubbish sack with you to put your free trees in.

This year’s theme is fruit and nut and the following species will be available.

Raspberry canes
Blackcurrant canes
Redcurrant
Strawberry
Pear communis – Pear
Corylus avellana – Hazel cob nut
Betula pendula – Silver Birch
Quercus robur – Oak
Acer campestre – Field Maple