Crowds queue to collect free fruit trees in Colchester scheme

Colchester Borough Council give out free trees and fruit bushes as part of the annual Trees for Year

Colchester Borough Council give out free trees and fruit bushes as part of the annual Trees for Years initiative on Saturday 7 February. - Credit: Su Anderson

Crowds of people gathered to take home a free fruit tree as 2,015 of them were given away.

Colchester Borough Council give out free trees and fruit bushes as part of the annual Trees for Year

Colchester Borough Council give out free trees and fruit bushes as part of the annual Trees for Years initiative on Saturday 7 February. - Credit: Su Anderson

The annual Trees for Years initiative from Colchester Borough Council (CBC) returned at the weekend.

Borough residents lined up to take home up to three trees each, while community groups, parish councils and schools could collect 15.

Postcodes were collected so the trees can be tracked.

Species available this year included raspberry, blackcurrant, gooseberry and cherry varieties.

Colchester Borough Council give out free trees and fruit bushes as part of the annual Trees for Year

Colchester Borough Council give out free trees and fruit bushes as part of the annual Trees for Years initiative on Saturday 7 February. - Credit: Su Anderson


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Annie Feltham, councillor for communities at CBC, said: “This is a great opportunity for Colchester residents to brighten up their gardens, allotments and communities with a free tree or fruit bush.

“Thousands of trees, shrubs and fruit bushes have now been planted throughout the borough due to this great scheme and I’m glad the council can play a part in making the borough a greener place to live.”

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The project is funded through sponsorship by OfficeIS.

Duncan Jone, from the firm, said: “OfficeIS is delighted to be able to sponsor the Trees for Years Initiative which is now in its tenth year.

“It is particularly satisfying for us as a local company to give something back to local residents, and we hope everyone really enjoys their trees for many years to come.”

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