Army Cadets from Leicester Support The Woodland Trust
Armed with a variety of digging implements, 25 army cadets and their instructors from B Squadron, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire & Rutland Army Cadet Force (LNR ACF) descended on the Calor Gas Site at Stoney Stanton on Saturday 26th March to help the Woodland Trust plant 2,000 trees.
Laura Judson, Head of Regional Development at the Woodland Trust said “Although the sun wasn’t shining, the day was perfect for tree planting and we know we can always rely on the cadets to turn up and do a great job. I always enjoy working with them because they are a great bunch of enthusiastic young people who are keen to help and make very good tree planters.
The speed at which the cadets worked was astounding, and in just under an hour they had planted hundreds of trees and the number of ‘spirals’ on the ground were dwindling so quickly that the Woodland Creation Advisor, Stuart Holm, sheepishly asked whether they could perhaps slow down a bit as he was worried there would be no trees left for members of the local community who may arrive later in the day. There wasn’t much chance of that, so he asked if they would relish the challenge of moving to a more difficult area that would be tougher going. They didn’t need asking twice and were more than happy to move, especially as the canes hadn’t been set out and they were able to design the layout of the wood themselves. They weren’t kidding about it being much tougher, but the cadets took it in their stride and soon lines of trees began appearing.
With a short break for lunch, provided by Calor Gas, the cadets worked tirelessly until they literally ran out of trees. The Woodland Trust were astounded by the numbers planted by the cadets and thanked them for all their hard work.
Major Ian Walton, the Officer Commanding B Squadron said ”A major part of the training for our cadets is citizenship. This is our way of supporting local activities and teaching our cadets what being a responsible member of a community is all about. Through these types of projects, our cadets build an understanding of how a community functions and the difference they can make now or in the future. This wood will be open for use by local people and the cadets can and should, be justifiably proud of their part in its inception”.