Cardigan Squadron "Go Green"__________________________________
Sixteen cadets and staff of 1429 (Cardigan & Aberporth)
Squadron Air Training Corps (ATC) recently joined forces
with the RSPB to plant trees and clear a bog at the Ynys
Hir Nature Reserve, which is set in a stunning location
at the top of the Dyfi Estuary with the Cambrian
Mountains as a backdrop.
Tree planting is an important activity that helps
to reduce the carbon footprint and encourages wildlife
The tree planting exercise and a bog clearing task were
encouraged and supported by the senior management team
of No. 3 Welsh Wing Air Training Corps.
The Commanding Officer of 1429 squadron, Flt Lt
Mandy Ford, said, “We were asked by our senior staff at
No. 3 Welsh Wing ATC to assist in this exercise, which
was timed to co-inside with the 70th anniversary of the
Air Training Corps and the 100th anniversary of RSPB.”
On behalf of the squadron, the Padre of 1429
Squadron, Keith Bradshaw, and his wife liaised with RSPB
and were instrumental in implementing these important
The tree planting was a result of the squadron getting
involved in clearing a garden area at the Youth Centre
A project that is still on going.
Flt Lt Ford commented, “The RSPB donated a bird box for
us to put in our garden project in Aberaeron.
The cadets all worked extremely hard planting
trees and clearing the bog during the activity day.
They planted 70 trees, one for every year of the
ATC and then moved on to clear a bog area of overgrowth.
This was where they got muddy and wet and had a
thoroughly marvellous time.
Cadet Sgt Jo Griffiths actually fell head first
into the bog, came out smiling and carried on with the
hard work. I
can honestly say that no one cadet stood out more than
the other, they all put 110% effort into the day and
they got a lot out of it.”
There were 16 cadets in the team - 4 female and 12 male
Numbers were restricted because of limitations on the
availability of transport otherwise the team would have
The team members were all volunteers and the team was
selected by drawing the first 16 out of the hat.
The squadron are currently completing the garden project
in Aberaeron and soon hope to move onto another project
at the Cilgerran Wildlife Centre.
As a result of this exercise with RSPB, the 16 cadets
involved are now working towards achieving Sir John Muir
Each cadet has agreed to commit at least 20 hours
of work to complete a project in the field of
Upon completion of their project they will
individually receive a Bronze Award.
The cadets are currently writing up their individual
reports about the tree planting and bog clearing at Ynys
will then be followed up with more formal research into
the area around the squadron headquarters, as it is
partly designated a “Site of Scientific Interest”.
The cadets are also erecting bird boxes on trees within
the outer compound of the squadron headquarters, as well
as taking part in squadron led field trips to "wild
places" such as Nant yr Arian and the Preseli Hills.
Article and pictures kindly supplied
by: Flt Lt Mandy Ford OC 1429 (Cardigan) Squadron