Colchester Woodland Project

Colchester Woodland Project

This project is operated by Colchester Borough Council (CBC) and is in its second year of five. Its aim is to plant 200,000 native trees across the Borough as a way of reversing the effects of climate change. An additional benefit will be the pleasing aspect that trees, especially blossom bearing varieties, bring to the public realm and our sense of well-being. Plans are underway for the next planting season which is November 2020. Myland Community Council (MCC) has been invited to take part in the Project.

All of the trees will be native broadleaf species which if planted in the right location should live to a good age, grow to a good size and provide valuable habitat for wildlife. We are seeking Residents help to identify possible locations across Myland, including private gardens, as a community contribution to the Project. CBC will provide the trees free of charge together with initial support features.

Please note: Sites will require CBC confirmation as to suitability in respect of e.g. underground infrastructure and gardens will have to be of a suitable size. A list of tree species is below as provided by CBC.

Suitable for public realm sites and gardens

  • Birch
  • Hawthorn
  • Hazel
  • Holly
  • Bird Cherry
  • Mountain Ash (Rowan)

Suitable for public realm sites and larger gardens

  • Field Maple
  • Hornbeam
  • Beech
  • Oak
  • Lime

Hawthorn, Hazel, Holly, Bird Cherry, Field Maple, Hornbeam and Beech are also suggested as good hedge species.

If you would like to propose public realm sites or request a suitable tree for your garden please email either: or