Work to restore the Cherry Tree Remembrance Avenue in Cobham to its former glory has begun.

The local landmark was lined with 44 cherry trees, planted in 1946 to honour the local soldiers who died in the Second World War.

Since then, many of the trees there have declined, and replacement trees have not performed as well as hoped.

During a consultation in September last year, 96 per cent of the 230 respondents indicated they wanted the avenue renewed to protect it for the future.

Councillor Janet Turner, portfolio holder for Leisure and Culture, said: “The Cherry Tree Avenue has a significant meaning for the Cobham community, and is held dear by residents. To bring it back to its original and rightful state, significant works need to take place.”

All existing trees will be removed, the soil will be improved and young replacement cherry trees will be planted, with a meadow strip being sowed underneath them.

Cllr Turner said: “Please bear with us while they are in progress. Within a few years, the avenue will once again look beautiful when the cherry trees blossom in spring.”

The initial work is expected to be finished within two weeks, with the meadow strip being sown in Spring.