Cadets plant trees with the Woodland Trust in commemoration of WWI

February 29, 2016

An impressive tree-planting exercise took place recently, with 400 tree saplings planted in just 45 minutes!

The trees were planted by cadets from Stonyhurst CCF on the Peel Estate near Newton-in-Bowland. The green-fingered exercise continues Stonyhurst CCF’s association with the Woodland Trust and the commemoration of the centenary of the First World War.

Lt Col Andrew Barber, Contingent Commander Stonyhurst CCF, said: “The cadets worked extremely hard, and with great efficiency! The ground underfoot was saturated from all the recent rain but this did not deter them or diminish their enthusiasm.”

Afterwards, the cadets were thanked by Kate Gordon of the Woodland Trust, and members of the family who live on the estate.

In September 2014, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal visited Stonyhurst as Patron of the Woodland Trust’s Centenary Woods Project. She planted a tree alongside 301 oak saplings planted by the CCF. Each tree represented a serviceman from Stonyhurst College who died in the First World War.