Tree-mendous moment as air cadets plant 422 trees in just two hours
THE 75th anniversary of the Air Training Corps was marked last month when cadets and staff of 422 (Corby) Squadron Royal Air Force Air Cadets took part in a mass tree planting event – which was also supporting the Woodland Trust tree planting initiative.
After various meetings with Corby Borough Council, in run up to the day, it was agreed that East Carlton Country Park would provide the perfect setting for this unique event.
But before anything could be put into action, the application for trees had to be submitted. So, under the expert guidance of Peter Floody, the bid for the sapling trees that would best suit the park’s current surroundings was submitted to the Woodland Trust and soon confirmed.
Joined on the day by Officer Commanding South and East Midlands Wing, Wing Commander Nigel Dickinson OBE RAFVR(T), Central and East region assistant regional commandant, Squadron Leader Nathan Wilks RAFVR(T) and the region’s new training safety adviser, Warrant Officer Mark Giddings, the team of cadets and staff ventured, with spades in hand, to the planting site to begin work.
Starting with the planting of three ceremonial trees by the VIPs and Officer Commanding 422 (Corby) Squadron, Flight Lieutenant Kev Ritchie RAFVR(T), the cadets soon got to work planting the remaining 419 trees, making the event unique to the squadron with 422 trees planted in under two hours.
Flight Lieutenant Kev Ritchie said, “What the cadets have done here is truly amazing and what a fitting way to mark the 75th anniversary of the Air Training Corps.
“They should be extremely proud of what they have achieved – planting 422 trees is no easy task!”
Pictured above – GROUND FORCE: The cadets thank all those who helped make their anniversary tree-planting event such a successful and memorable occasion.