SCHOOLCHILDREN across Andover have planted dozens of trees in a fortnight to help construct a new arboretum.

Andover Trees United held their ninth annual tree planting fortnight in which ten schools planted 21 British native trees and 250 small hedgerow trees.

Meanwhile, ATU were able to purchase 26 trees thanks to a grant, and three schools brought around 20 trees that they had been nurturing in school nursery beds since last year.

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The fortnight - a fixture of the school calendar since 2012 - was followed up by the planting of a whitebeam to be dedicated to the community.

Planted on December 5, which falls in national tree week, its planting "symbolises a time to reflect on the year, the generosity and kindnesses of community, and the lives lost and lives changed over the past year", according to ATU founder Wendy Davis.

"Now that the new arboretum is taking shape we can’t wait to see how it will look in spring," she continued. "We hope the local community will keep coming up to enjoy and look after it, too.

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"A huge thank you goes out to all the lovely volunteers who planted the special trees for the schools that couldn’t join us over the two weeks and whose hard work has ensured that the fortnight was a great success.

“We still have around 750 trees to get in the ground, including several hundred meters of a new hedgerow.

"We have school groups booked in to plant trees in the woods early next year, and we are always looking for volunteers to lend a hand.”

The arboretum, located in Harmony Woods, near East Anton, will continue to take shape in 2021, when a wildflower meadow and chalk scrape will be planted.

It is designed to encourage diversity of plants.

To find out more about volunteering for ATU, email volunteers@andovertrees.org.uk.