IT IS the event Southampton parents look forward to every year.

And now it has made a come back.

Dozens of families planted new trees at Chamberlayne Leisure Centre to celebrated babies born in the city over the past year.

The initiative run by Southampton City Council has been going on for 25 years.

On Saturday parents and their children got their hands dirty and spent the morning planting 250 trees at the leisure centre in Weston Lane.

Natalie Cole, 38, therapy business manager, from Southampton, planted a tree for her three-month-old daughter Annabelle.

Ms Cole said: “We just though it was a very nice thing to do, something they can come and look at when they are older. It is a lovely idea and helps make the city green.”

For Claire Gosling, 34, deputy head teacher, it was the first time she took part in the event.

She planted a tree for her three-month-old baby Poppy.

“It is a very beautiful initiative. I just think it would be something nice so when they are older they can come and enjoy it,” Mrs Gosling said.

Residents were also helped by councillor Stephen Barnes-Andrews, the mayor of Southampton, who also signed and handed them a certificate.

Vicky Gardiner, 36, a care co-ordinator from Sholing said: “It’s such a lovely service that they do. It was our first time because Dolly was only born in September last year. She is too young to understand but the idea is to go and see it every year to see how the tree is growing.”

Hilary Bradley, from Southampton City Council, helped organising the project.

She said it has been run at different sites across the city over the past 25 years.

“It is a really nice thing and it is a good investment for the future because trees are very good for the environment, for a clean air and for the wildlife,”she added.

She said this year’s event was a success and confirmed it will run again next year.