New hedge for Newark Air Museum 01 March 2012

Trent Vale's Habitats and Heritage Grants funded the planting of a new mixed species hedgerow at Newark Air Museum at the weekend.

Cadets from 1237 Squadron ATC plant the new hedge. Photograph: Howard Heeley

Newark Air Museum was awarded funding from Trent Vale's Habitats and Heritage Grants to plant a new hedge important to wildlife.

Help was on hand from 11 cadets from 1237 (North Hykeham) Squadron Air Training Corps (ATC) to plant the 180 metres of mixed species hedgerow at the Museum on Sunday. Once established, the hedge will provide an important habitat and food source for a variety of wildlife including birds such as yellowhammer and tree sparrow.

The landscaoe of the air museum, once a World War II air base, was altered significantly during The War. Natual watercourses were routed through concrete culverts and drainage channels underneath the runways and taxiways around the site. The museum is currently trying to research the history behind the construction of these features that changed the local landscape so significantly more than seventy years ago. The new hedgerow will go some-way to redressing the loss of some of the natural habitats around the site during World War II.

"The museum trustees are pleased to have secured funding from the Trent Vale Landscape Partnership for this hedgerow planting scheme", commented museum trustee Alan Ingleston. He concluded, "We are also extremely grateful for the hard work from all of the ATC cadets, whose combined efforts ensured that the hedgerow was successfully planted in six hours."

Trent Vale Landscape Partnership has also pledged further funds to assist with interpretation of the Newark Air Museum landscape which will contribute to a whole range of interpretation and education projects throughout Trent Vale.