St Nicholas Square in Colchester Will See a Burst of New Life

By April Norris

This Sunday work on St Nicholas Square in Colchester is going to start.  

It will see new paving as well as the planting of a London plane tree and three Turkish Hazel trees to be planted in the old tree’s spots, turning the area into a beautiful new space.

This is a part of the councils levelling up projects funded by the government’s Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

Colchester City Council’s Liberal Democrat leader David King is enthusiastic about the new project. He said: “We look forward to new trees that will be just right for their location and, when the work is completed, will help Colchester residents to enjoy this beautiful new space.”  

The council reported that the current yew trees are in such poor condition that they are hazardous since their berries are poisonous. These trees are expected to be removed by March allowing the new groundwork to take way.  

To help the environment too, wood chippings from the old trees will be sent to a biomass plant.