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Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Young squaddies branch out with tree planting project

Junior soldiers have been helping to make the countryside around Malham even more attractive.

Members of 16 Platoon, Peninsula Company from the Army Foundation College in Harrogate joined staff and volunteers from the Yorkshire Dales National Park to plant 500 trees for a new native woodland on the outskirts of the village. In the afternoon they were joined by staff from Malham Youth Hostel for a giant litter pick around the village.

The young soldiers – aged between 16 and 18 – are seven months into their training and are doing working towards their Duke of Edinburgh Awards. Their work in Malham was part of their voluntary service.

Geoff Garrett, the authority’s senior trees and woodlands Officer, said: “Our trees and woodlands are currently under many threats and planting new areas like this one helps to build on the landscape as well as creating a habitat for woodland plants and animals.

“At the moment many grants are available for planting trees to create woodlands and next year we will be looking for a similar site for the soldiers to help us with.”

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