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.

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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)