11 July 2012 (Archived)
Air Cadets from 346 (Tynemouth) Squadron helped to repair parts of Bolam Lake Country Park on Sunday 8 July.
The cadets assembled at their Military Road headquarters in North Shields, before heading to Northumberland to donate their time and energy. Once arrived, they were set a number of tasks including repairing the south footpath that runs the length of the lake. After lunch, the cadets tackled Rhododendron bushes that have been blocking light to other plants and trees, as well as altering the acidity of the soil.
Adam Graham, cadet sergeant commented: “Today has been great, it’s rewarding to see that what we are doing has had such a big effect on the park and the community, and it’s fun too. I can’t wait to come back and do it again.”
Bolam Lake Country Park has links with other air cadet squadrons. The 2344 (Longbenton) squadron recently joined forces with Northumberland Country Council to help tidy up the country park around Bolam Lake. This included cleaning streams and building trenches in order to conserve the woodland for visitors and wildlife. The squadron’s clean up project was recognised as ‘highly commended’ in the ‘best young people’s project,’ at the ‘LOVE Northumberland’ awards 2012.
Cllr Simon Reed, Northumberland County Council’s executive member infrastructure and environment said: “It’s great to see young people involved in improving Northumberland’s beautiful green spaces. Bolam Lake Country Park is a fantastic place to visit, and we plan on keeping it this way. We are committed to preserving our parks for residents and visitors, and look forward to working with the air cadets again.”
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