Trees planted to commemorate Covid-19 lives lost

Trees have been planted across Test Valley after the borough council gifted a number to parish councils to remember those who lost their lives during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Over the last 18 months, local and national restrictions have been in place due to the worldwide pandemic which has caused incredibly difficult times for communities up and down the country.

Now, Test Valley Borough Council has planted a tree to commemorate those who passed away during the pandemic. The council has also supported parish councils by gifting trees so similar ceremonies can take place across the borough’s communities.

One of the trees was planted at the Garden of Remembrance at St Mary’s Church in Andover by mayor councillor Mark Cooper, and leader, Phil North. A similar service took place in Romsey, with various occasions up and down the borough also remembering the pandemic’s victims.

Leader of Test Valley Borough Council, Phil North, said: “The last 18 months have been some of the most difficult of our generation, and have presented incredibly tough challenges for all of us. Sadly, many have lost their lives to this awful disease and it’s hugely important that we remember them in the right way.

“It is vital that we remember those who have sadly lost their lives to this awful pandemic, and I’m pleased that we have been able to do so. I sincerely hope this tree acts as a poignant place for reflection for years to come.”