Young Army Cadets from Stonyhurst College planted 350 trees in the Forest of Bowland in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
The trees, all British native species, were planted, staked and protected in under an hour thanks to the efficient spade work of 38 boys and girls in Year 10. The operation was overseen by Col. Frank Hewitt and Lt Col. Andrew Barber, Commanding Officer of the Stonyhurst CCF, assisted by three sixth-form under officers – James Powell, Lottie Morris and Alice Holden.
The trees were planted on the Peel estate, near Newton-in-Bowland and donated by the Woodland Trust. Col Hewitt gave the cadets a demonstration in tree-planting before everyone climbed to the designated site on the fell. Col Hewitt congratulated the cadets on their work, saying they might return in 60 years’ time to see the mature, established copse they had just planted!
Then it was back down the fell to Knowlmere Manor for a delicious tea, attended by Lt Col the Hon Ralph Assheton. Lt Col Andrew Barber said: “The cadets worked like Trojans and I was extremely impressed by their fantastic attitude and total commitment to the task.” Alex Duckworth (15) from Bleasdale, said: “It was hard work but very satisfying to look back at all the trees we had planted and to think that they may grow there for hundreds of years.”