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39 Engineer Regiment, Kinloss based pupils, staff and community groups plant 420 trees on base


By Garry McCartney

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SSgt Long-Melton and Regimental Sgt Major Terris with DL Sue Finnegan who planted the first tree.
SSgt Long-Melton and Regimental Sgt Major Terris with DL Sue Finnegan who planted the first tree.

ARMED forces personnel invited the wider community to help plant hundreds of trees to mark a royal anniversary.

39 Engineer Regiment based at Kinloss Barracks invited local pupils, staff and community groups to plant a total of 420 wild cherry, dogwood, hawthorn, rowan, and silver birch in a new avenue and woodland as part of this year’s Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Green Canopy celebrations.

Finlay Bichan, Joseph McLelland and Sophie Oldfield.
Finlay Bichan, Joseph McLelland and Sophie Oldfield.

Officer Commanding 34 Field Squadron, 39 Engineer Regiment, Major David Hicketts, suggested the celebrations to Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Adam Birley before applying to the Woodland Trust for trees.

He said: “It was my pleasure to welcome Kinloss Primary and the community to celebrate this momentous occasion. The woodland will be enjoyed for years to come and the avenue will enhance our daily lives as we go about business within the barracks. Everyone will enjoy watching their trees grow.”

Scout Onur Kisaboy chatting to Deputy Lieutenant Sue Finnegan.
Scout Onur Kisaboy chatting to Deputy Lieutenant Sue Finnegan.

A total of 240 children from Kinloss Primary and 17 from Kinloss Crafty Cool Kids Club planted from the barracks headquarters to beyond the official Army ensign flag. The effort counted towards the school’s Moray Badge Platinum Jubilee award.

A competition was held for the pupils to come up with a name for the site and Woodland Avenue was chosen.

George Mackie chatting with Capt Twining - he was awarded the CO coin for winning the competition.
George Mackie chatting with Capt Twining - he was awarded the CO coin for winning the competition.

A presentation of a commanding officer’s coin was made to George Mackie (8) for his winning entry.

All of the children received a gift from the regiment and will be presented a Jubilee certificate.

Theia Barksby.
Theia Barksby.

On the following day, community groups including Findhorn and Kinloss Community Council, Southside residents, army families, scouts and more planted native trees by Cumming Hall. The new wood includes a picnic bench and dog walking route.

Kinloss Military Wives Choir also planted a tree and sang ‘A Life Lived With Grace’.



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