New hedgerows planted at Newark Air Museum 03 April 2012

Trent Vale grants funded the planning of a hedge at Newark Air Museum with the help of cadets from 1237 (North Hykeham) Squadron, ATC.

Photograph of North Hykeham Air Cadets planting hedge at Newark Air Museum. Photograph: Howard Heeley

As part of the Newark Air Museum's development of its Southfield Site the planting was successfully undertaken on Sunday 26th February, 2012.

Under the supervision of Squadron Civilian Committee member Pete Bates the cadets planted 180 metres worth of hedging plants, which had been purchased thanks to a Habitats & Heritage Conservation Grant from the Trent Vale Landscape Partnership, which is itself funded by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The hedge planting scheme has been implemented by the museum trustees to provide a new habitat for the already flourishing selection of wildlife that inhabits its site in eastern Nottinghamshire. The planting work provides the added benefit of enhancing the safety of the visitors that use the Southfield Site, by providing a sustainable barrier to the steep sided watercourse that runs through the 12.38 acre site.

When the RAF Winthorpe airfield site was constructed during World War II many of these watercourses were routed through concrete culverts and drainage channels, which were constructed underneath many of 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 mixed species 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 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."

Pete Bates made the following comments about the involvement of the cadets in the hedge planting project. "Our aim with the cadets is to build self-confidence and encourage them to take part in many diverse activities; planting a new hedgerow being a brand new experience for most of them." He concluded, "The Cadets from 1237 (North Hykeham) Squadron thoroughly enjoyed their day and we have a great relationship with Newark Air Museum; we work with them regularly and we were only too pleased to help out."