A group of seventeen Air Cadets from the 1211 (Swadlincote) Squadron ATC has worked in partnership with several organisations in a local Woodland Habitat Management project.
The project, which was conducted over two weekends, involved pruning and thinning trees and shrubbery within the 46-hectare Gresley Woods, which is situated on the edge of Church Gresley and is part of the Conkers circuit.
In partnership with Marion Farrell from Groundwork Derby and Derbyshire, the National Forest, and the Forestry Commission who own and manage the Gresley Woods, the project aimed to maintain various aspects of the area to improve plant growth and wildlife habitats, and to make the area more attractive for visitors to the site.
Flight Lieutenant Rob Moore RAFVR, in charge of the Cadets involved in the project, summarised: “We enjoyed working within our local community, and were impressed with the visible difference we were able to make to the woodland area in which we worked. We intend to work again with the charity, and have more work in the pipeline for the near future.”
Cadet Corporal Chloe Sartain-Berry reflected: “I really enjoy spending time with my friends from Cadets at the weekends, and the project was a really good team building exercise. We learnt a lot about the local woodland too.”