Pop to Newsman’s Plantation on Saturday and pick yourself a free tree or shrub to do your bit to fight the climate crisis.

There up to 200 saplings and shrubs — all native species — being given away on a first-come, first-served basis. Parish Council volunteers will be at the plantation between 10am-1pm to oversee the giveaway.

You can pick from either four native species of tree:

  • Common Oak
  • Silver Birch
  • Alder
  • Green Beech

There are also six kinds of shrub to choose from:

  • Hornbeam
  • Hazel
  • Hawthorn
  • Dog Rose
  • Dogwood
  • Grey Willow

You can select trees, or shrubs, or a combination of both. But each individual or household will be limited to a maximum of three plants/trees in total. Please note the exact choice may vary, as stock will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

You are requested to plant your green gifts on property you either own or have permission to plant on. Any unauthorised planting on Council grounds or private land will be removed.

The total number of trees offered to residents is dependent on the quantity of saplings left over from efforts to repopulate Newman’s Planation. Several trees have been felled at the site after being affected by Ash dieback.

Where to plant a tree:

How to plant a tree:

How to care for a tree:

Essex Forest Initiative

This tree giveaway event is part of the Essex Forest Initiative that aims to plant more than 375,000 trees across the county over the next 5 years as part of efforts to address climate change.

Read more about the  Essex Forest Initiative at


Saplings and shrubs are being given way on Saturday at Newman’s Plantation between 10am-1pm

  • Newman’s Plantation, Walson Way, off Church Road
  • Saturday, Jan 22 10am-1pm (or until plant stock lasts)

Christmas Quiz

There’s no better way to spend this Saturday night than by signing up for the Twinning Committee’s Christmas Quiz.

There a prize for the winning team (up to 8 per team). Tickets cost £10 and come with mulled wine, a mince pie and jacket potato with chilli.

The Day Centre at Crafton Green plays host to the quiz, and tickets can be bought either on the door or in advance from

There’s a licensed bar, or you can bring your own bottle of festive joy to imbibe.

Doors open at 6.30pm. Quiz starts at 7pm.


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Election Oct 14

Residents eligible to vote in the south ward of the village can vote tomorrow for either Peter Jones or Lois Prior, both independent candidates contesting to serve as a Parish Councillor.
Polling Station: St. Mary`s CoE Foundation Primary School
Time: 7am-10pm

Rungis Quiz Success

Brilliant turn out at the Day Centre on Saturday.

Well over 50 attended with eight teams entering the quiz. Teams from Rungis and Stansted tackled questions on each other’s towns as well as their own.

At Crafton Green, The Wizards emerged victorious and claimed the hamper of French-themed goodies.

A lively, fun-filled night saw more than £400 raised for the Stansted & Rungis Twinning Association.

We would like thank all those who attended, and especially Richard Hayword and Geraldine Allars, who hosted the quiz so fabulously.

Honourable mentions also to the twinning committee members for running the bar, and our chairman qui a donnée un bref discours en Français, bien joué!


Saffron Waldon is hosting a festival of events to promote the cause of preserving our natural world ahead of next month’s UN Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow.

Local events as part of The Great Green Week, which runs from September 18-24, include eco-markets, climate Sunday services, pub-meet-ups,  eco chats and even a hedgehog hospital.

The goals is not just to educate about the perils of climate change, but also promote ways the public can play their part to tackle the problem.

All of the events of are FREE to attend.

Further details of a timetable for local events is provided in the leaflet below:

Visit for other events to be held nationally.



Windmill Fete

Surely, there can be no better way to spend your bank holiday than by taking a tour of the mill, indulging in some delicious cakes, while taking the chance to smash up crockery at this year’s fete.

If you have time to knock out a cake or two over the weekend, or perhaps have a bit of china in need of creative destruction all the better. Fete organisers will only be too thankful to accept your contributions on both these fronts.

Funds raised from the fete will go towards the upkeep of this village treasure and help keep it open for the public.

Email or message the Millers for more info Stansted Mountfitchet Windmill

Race to Rungis

To mark Mental Health Awareness week, Let’s Talk Stansted has been busy running a Race to Rungis.

Read more

Stansted in Bloom 2021

This year’s competition will shortly be upon us, and the Stansted in Bloom group is keen to sign up possible entrants.

Read more

Knights Appeal


Eagle-eyed residents will have spotted the Knight sign has vanished at High Lane junction.

Both of Stansted’s Knights are to get a fresh lick of paint for two summer garden competitions – Stansted in Bloom and the Anglia in Bloom. Read more

Green Champions Needed in 2021

With much of the world’s habitat under threat, there has never been a better time to become a Green Champion for your local environment. For advice and tips on how you can do your bit to promote biodiversity in 2021, you can access handy guide and an environmental awareness calendar, both authored by Cllr Louise Pepper of Uttlesford District Council.

Environmental Awareness Calendar 2021

Green Champions -Parish & Town Councils UDC