idverde supports Colchester Council’s tree giveaway scheme

idverde was delighted to support its client Colchester Borough Council’s Trees for Years scheme, which was held on Saturday 4 February.

This popular annual scheme now in its eleventh year sees over 2,000 tree and fruit bushes given away free to local residents, community and volunteer groups, schools, and town/parish councils. The scheme aims to help to promote and create a green and healthy environment for Colchester residents to live and work.

idverde, which works in partnership with the Council to maintain the Borough’s green spaces, provided sponsorship of £2,000 to help purchase the trees, and also provided support on the day.

Despite the event officially starting at 10:00, eager Colchester residents began arriving to choose their trees and plants from 8am. Species available included:

  • Field maple
  • Silver birch
  • Red stem dogwood
  • Yellow stem dogwood
  • Hazel
  • Lavender
  • Bird cherry
  • Blackcurrant
  • Gooseberries
  • Raspberries

Plants were limited to three per household, and 15 per community group, and a planting guide was given to residents, giving advice on caring for their new plants.

Around 700 people attended the event, and by midday all 2,400 of the plants had been collected.

idverde Contract Manager, Andrew Fulcher, said: “idverde was extremely pleased to be able to support this year’s Trees for Years event. Not only is this a great scheme to help residents and community groups to green up their gardens for free, but the day was a great opportunity for our team to meet and get to know Colchester’s local residents. A very successful morning.”

Cllr Annie Feltham, Portfolio Holder for Business, Leisure and Opportunities also commented: “We are extremely grateful to idverde for supporting the fantastic Trees for Years initiative and helping to make it such a success. It is a great scheme, which continues to help Colchester residents and local groups to make their communities a greener and more pleasant place to be.”