Senior CCF cadets from the Fifth and Sixth Forms spent the afternoon under the watchful eye of Christine Croton, Head of Gardens at Cheltenham College. Between them, the cadets planted 30 young trees, which had been awarded to College by the Woodland Trust as part of its ‘Living Legacy’ memorial to the fallen of the First World War. This is a four-year programme in which cadet units are encouraged to plant the commemorative trees within school grounds, and this was a fitting way to remember the 675 Old Cheltonians who lost their lives in the First World War. Will Jury-Simpson (L6, BH), of the Royal Navy section, said, “Given the sacrifice our OCs made for our country, it is only right that we honour them to create a living legacy.”
The trees were planted out on the bank between Upper and Lower Reeves to provide a natural windbreak and will be visible for years to come by the cadets who were involved in the planting project. Our thanks must go to Christine Croton for her time and expertise.