Volunteers plant 125 trees

A JOINT effort between community groups and the local authority saw 125 trees planted at Ladies Walk last Saturday.

Andover Trees United collaborated with Test Valley Borough Council who gave permission for the trees to be planted, along with TARCA (The River Anton Conservation Association), who regularly volunteer at Ladies Walk.

The trees were planted as part of Big Tree Plant, bringing the tally so far to 625 in the 2013-14 planting season.

The target for this season is 1030.

Local pupils and students will be planting 200 trees as part of a Plant for the Planet Academy on Friday 28 February and the rest will be planted at Augusta Park – including an orchard – on Saturday 15 February and in early March.

The Ladies Walk event was also a Woodland Trust community event, the trust having supplied some of the trees.

The trees planted at Ladies Walk included oak, hornbeam, rowan and field maple.

The oak and hornbeam were planted along the main avenue to ensure that replacements are there for some of the older, mature trees which are showing signs of age.

The rowan and field maple will grow to maturity as standards within the newly-planted hedge.

TARCA also donated tree whips which were planted on the day to continue the new hedge planting.

Wendy Davis, from Andover Trees United, said: “It was great to see two local environmental conservation groups working together and we were delighted to welcome new volunteers to the event, including several families with young children.

“Thanks to all concerned.”

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