Welwyn Garden City's Howard Centre is set to have new trees planted this month, after decaying foliage was removed.

Two of the trees were removed due to signs of internal decay, which posed a risk to public safety, while the remaining small shrubs were susceptible to damage.

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council has confirmed these will now be replaced, with Fastigiate oak trees set to be planted outside the shopping centre this month.

The trees were carefully selected for their suitability, resilience, longevity and stability, even in challenging weather conditions.

They also offer greater decay resistance, and naturally grow in an upright manner, creating an appearance that aligns with Welwyn Garden City’s aesthetic vision.

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"I'd like to thank everybody for their patience and support while this essential maintenance and planting has been underway," said councillor Sandreni Bonfante, executive member for environment.

"The planting of the oak trees is vital for us to safeguard the local area and support a thriving, natural environment.

"We look forward to seeing the results at the Howard Centre and would like to thank the planting team for their continued hard work improving our landscape."

This latest planting follows recent initiatives, including the planting of 31 fruit trees at five community orchard sites, and a further 20 Lobel elm trees across the borough and is part of the council’s wider tree and woodland strategy.