A royal project for teen cadets

Air cadets carried out tree planting at the Solaris Centre
Air cadets carried out tree planting at the Solaris Centre
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BLACKPOOL cadets are flying the flag for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a special planting session at Blackpool’s Solaris Centre.

More than 100 trees and shrubs have been planted across the resort – including at the botanical centre in South Shore – after they were donated by trainees from 177 Blackpool Airport Squadron Air Training Corps.

The squadron’s cadets, aged between 13 and 18, spent an evening planting the tiny saplings this week.

As well as the Solaris Centre, parks and schools in the vicinity of the squadron’s base at Blackpool Airport have benefited from the regiment’s donation.

David McGrath, the Solaris Centre’s sustainability manager, said: “We are very grateful to the Air Training Corps for this donation.

“The shrubs will eventually grow into a colourful display of flowers and fruits as well as providing much needed habitat and shelter in the gardens.

“Nationwide more than a million trees were planted during February as part of the Jubilee celebrations and we are proud to be able to add to that total this spring.”

Coun Fred Jackson, deputy leader at Blackpool Council, praised the generosity of the squadron.

He said: “This is a tremendous gesture from the Air Training Corps, both in donating the trees and marking the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

“I look forward to seeing the trees flourishing in the coming years and providing a source of interest for many who visit the Solaris Centre.”