THE council says is looking to repeat its tree-planting feats of last year after planning more than 170 trees across the borough in 2019.

The trees were planted as part of Test Valley Borough Council’s annual replacement programme. Borough wards including Valley Park, Romsey Cupernham, Andover Millway and Winton have all seen many of the tree varieties planted since the start of 2019.

Every year, the council undertakes a tree planting programme to help regenerate the borough’s green spaces, on top of the everyday work carried out throughout the year, which maintain residential and leisure locations, as well as help the wildlife to flourish.

All 172 trees were purchased locally from Hilliers Nursery in Ampfield and include tulip trees, giant redwoods and pine trees. Picket Twenty, Rooksbury Cycle Path and Admirals Way all saw trees planted, while other areas including Tadburn in Romsey and Harroway in Andover also benefitted.

For 2020, the council is already looking to plant between 170 and 200 further trees around the borough.

Community and leisure portfolio holder, councillor Tony Ward, said: “A lot of the agricultural work that our countryside teams do can often be taken for granted, but every site visit and maintenance carried out is so important.

“Our borough is filled with beautiful open spaces but making sure our residential areas are also as green as possible is just as vital to us.

“It’s great to know that Romsey, Andover and everywhere in between has benefitted from our annual programme, and I know the plans for 2020 are no different.”