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In the light of the coronavirus outbreak...

We have taken the decision to put all FoCP activities on hold in the light of the coronavirus emergency. This will include our AGM planned for 19th May.


We will keep in touch with our members and let you know when we are able to resume. In the meantime, keep safe.

News of recent events...


The Woodland Trust 'Tree of the Year 2019' 

We recently came second in this competition! Thank you to everyone who voted for the Sycamore tree on Colchester Castle (left, top) in The Woodland Trust 'Tree of the Year 2019' competition. It achieved second place and the council will receive a prize of £500 towards the preservation or promotion of the tree.

The Tree of the Year competition is held in the United Kingdom in Autumn each year by the Woodland Trust, a nationwide conservation charity. Nominated trees are shortlisted by a panel of experts before going to public votes to select a tree of the year for each of the four constituent countries of the United Kingdom.

Adam Cormack from the Woodland Trust stated "The people of Colchester, and indeed anyone else that voted for the tree, can rightfully be proud that they have helped to put one of the most remarkable trees on the map".


Our seasonal 'Walk in the Park', Tuesday 22nd October.

Gardener's Question Time: on Thursday 19th September, we enjoyed an evening with Park Gardeners Jon Wright and Simon Lawrence,  in the Ranger's Cabin; an opportunity to hear from our Park Gardeners about gardening in the Park, and how they keep it looking good all the year round.

 the Ranger's Cabin.

An afternoon of animation and storytelling with Nick Butterworth:  on Saturday 20th July we were treated by Nick Butterworth to a delightful afternoon of animation and storytelling (left, below). The young families gathered in the Rangers Cabin were held enthralled as he engaged with them (below left). Nick finished the session by signing books the children had brought along.'

This was also the first official appearance of our Junior section character created for us by Nick and named by competition winner Finnley, aged 10, as ‘Oakley’ (below right). The winner of the colouring competition Yvie, aged 6, was there with her prize of Nick’s latest book, ‘One Springy Day’.

Squirrel character Castle Park Colour -

Watch this space!

For details of FoCP events coming up in the park or elsewhere, keep one eye on this page!

For enquiries relating to events, please email Elizabeth Fitt,
Events Co-ordinator, at: