RAF Scampton

The Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire and the RAF Scampton Station Commander cut the first turf at the local base in a Queen’s Green Canopy tree planting event.

The project is part of the Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire Toby Dennis’ vision of planting trees at the five RAF stations in Lincolnshire, celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

RAF Scampton took part in the Queen’s Green Canopy tree planting event on Monday, May 30 and cut the first turf with RAF Station Commander, Wing Commander Neill Atkins.

RAF Scampton Station Commander, Wing Commander Neill Atkins, cutting the turf.

Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire Toby Dennis cutting the turf.

Members of the community will continue the work of planting a further 10 trees. In the coming weeks, a tree lined pathway will be planted, complementing the community space at Scampton.

There was also an opportunity to celebrate a special milestone for Terry Martison who is the fire station manager at RAF Scampton. He was in the Royal Air Force, stationed at RAF Scampton, for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee and is now a civilian contractor again at the base for the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Members of the Ben Club and Airplay Scampton, Spring Scampton Nursery and wider community members were also invited to the event.

Terry Martison, station fire officer, cutting the turf.

The trees after they were planted.

The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) is a unique tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022, which invites people from across the UK to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee”.

As well as inviting the planting of new trees, The Queen’s Green Canopy will dedicate a network of 70 ancient woodlands across the United Kingdom and identify 70 ancient trees to celebrate Her Majesty’s 70 years of service.

Connor Heath planting a tree.

Charley Bell in her Platinum Jubilee t-shirt at the tree planting event.

Wing Commander Neill Atkins, RAF Scampton station commander, said: “Our community is excited to be participating in the Queen’s Green Canopy project, with planting trees at RAF Scampton to celebrate Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee.

“Nearly 10 months of planning and discussion has taken place to get to this point, and we are pleased that we can now plant our trees.

“We are extremely honoured to have the Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire present with us today [Monday] together with members of our community. As RAF Scampton is to close by December 2022, this is a fitting way to secure our ties with the community, investing in its future.”

Pilots, engineers and staff from the Red Arrows will be walking, running, swimming and cycling the equivalent return distance from RAF Scampton to their training base in Greece – raising money for children’s wards at Lincoln County Hospital.

The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team is currently overseas at the Hellenic Air Force base in Tanagra, Greece for pre-season training, known as Exercise Springhawk, perfecting routines for the 2022 season.

While they are out there on a month-long deployment, Red Arrows personnel will be covering 4,182 miles to help a good cause back at their home in Lincolnshire.

Pilots, engineers and other Red Arrows personnel will rack up collective miles across a month. | Photo: RAF Red Arrows

The distance is the equivalent of travelling from RAF Scampton to the Hellenic Air Force base and back again, and it will be ran, swam, walked and cycled by those taking part.

They will collectively contribute to the target mileage in aid of Rainforest and Safari children’s wards at Lincoln County Hospital, and are aiming to raise £2,000 for United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

You can donate to the cause by visiting the JustGiving page.

They will complete the challenge while on pre-season training in Greece. | Photo: RAF Red Arrows

Sergeant Ben Pearson, one of the Red Arrows’ senior mechanical engineers and an organiser of the charity challenge, said: “The team’s had a long association with the wards, with members of the ground crew visiting in previous years to meet young people, their families and staff at Christmas.

“The whole team is very focussed on maintaining fitness levels and using the pre-season training period to prepare in all aspects for the busy summer of displays and events.

“This initiative combines that opportunity, while in Greece, to help raise money for an important good cause located close to our home base back in the UK.”

More than 100 personnel from RAF Waddington and RAF Scampton marched through Lincoln on Friday for a Freedom of the City parade.

The two local Royal Air Force bases exercised their Freedom of the City for the first time since 2019. RAF Scampton was granted freedom of the city in 1993, while RAF Waddington has held the honour since 1959.

They marched from St Martin’s Square, down Lincoln High Street to the war memorial. At the war memorial, they were greeted by the town crier who performed a dedicated commemoration cry to both RAF stations.

A momentous occasion in Lincoln! | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

It was the last parade for RAF Scampton prior to its closure at the end of 2022.

Personnel from RAF Scampton will move to RAF Waddington this autumn before doing the final closure tasks and getting their current station ready for its future life

As part of the event, the march celebrated Lincoln’s strong ties with the Royal Air Force with a special flypast from the E-3D. The E-3D returned to its home base at RAF Waddington last summer after its final mission, bringing to a close 30 years of operational service.

It is now retired and used for crew training, as well as for the flypast for the Freedom of the City event.

The event included a special flypast from the E-3D. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Being awarded the Freedom of the City is an ancient honour granted to military organisations, giving them the right to enter the city “with drums beating, colours flying, and bayonets fixed”.

The Freedom Scrolls originally presented to each station by the Mayor of Lincoln were also on display.

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