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Army Cadets takes part in the Queen’s Green Canopy for the…

A Company, 1st (NI) Battalion Army Cadet Force (ACF) got involved in Planting Trees for the Platinum Jubilee “Queen’s Green Canopy” in celebration of the Queen’s 70 years of service to the Nation. Two hundred and fifty trees were planted, one tree for each Cadet and CFAV within the Company.

Army Cadets takes part in the Queen’s Green Canopy for the Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

1 June 2022

  • National
  • 1st Northern Ireland Battalion ACF

They were joined by the Lord-Lieutenant for County Fermanagh, Viscount Brookeborough KG KstJ, Viscountess Brookeborough, Mrs Catherine Maguire DL, the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council Chairman, Councillor Errol Thompson and 1st (NI) Bn Commandant, Colonel Adrian Donaldson MBE OStJ VR DL.

The Army Cadets from A Company area including Magherafelt, Cookstown, Dungannon, Omagh, Fivemiletown and two Enniskillen Detachments gathered together, spades in hand, on a stretch of selected ground at Castlearchdale Country Park, Enniskillen, on a fresh, bright spring afternoon. After a few words of instruction from Staff Sergeant Instructor Magee, the cadets, parents and instructors set about planting the young oak trees.

Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of County Fermanagh, Viscount Brookeborough KG KStJ, gave everyone a demonstration along with some very helpful tips for tree planting. He thanked everyone for their hard work and effort in taking part in such a momentous occasion.

The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) is a unique tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 inviting people from across the United Kingdom to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee”. The planting of trees will create a legacy in honour of The Queen’s leadership of the Nation, which will benefit future generations.

This is the 3rd of four planned plantings carried out by the Battalion to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. I commend A Company and all the Cadet Force Adult Volunteers, cadets and parents who took part for their hard work and enthusiasm, and I know that everyone enjoyed themselves.

Colonel Adrian Donaldson MBE OStJ VR DL, Commandant of the 1st (Northern Ireland) Battalion

“It’s hard work, but I’m really enjoying it! I’ll have to come back and see my trees.”

Cadet Reuben Patterson, Cookstown Detachment

Many thanks to Northern Ireland Environment Agency who kindly provided the location. Fivemiletown businesses Scott’s bakery, Beatty Spar and Co-op for donating the refreshments, buns and sweets.

The Ceremonial Plaque was provided by the ACF.