Dig­ging in for cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tion

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

BRABOURNE and Smeeth Scouts marked the move­ment’s cen­te­nary with a tree-plant­ing day. About 100 peo­ple, in­clud­ing Scouts, Cubs and Beavers, as well as par­ents and Scout lead­ers, spent the day plant­ing the bound­ary of Smeeth play­ing fields. They used a mix­ture of small rowan, wild cherry and sil­ver birch saplings, which they bought from the Wood­land Trust, and four larger spec­i­men trees, a com­mon oak, a cop­per beech, a pa­per birch and gingko, from Palm­stead Nurs­eries at Wye. Re­fresh­ments were pro­vided, and there were vis­its from Count­ess Mount­bat­ten of Burma and parish coun­cil­lors. Group leader Ian Ruck said: “We planted the en­tire bound­ary, from one end to the other, which is longer than a foot­ball pitch. “Who knows, maybe in 15 to 20 years’ time, the Scouts from to­day will grow up and have fam­i­lies of their own, and they will come down here and be able to say ‘I re­mem­ber plant­ing all those trees’.”

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Thomas Dod­kins, James Blake­ston, Harry Stracey, Finn Wood, Jonathan Par­sons, Joshua Smyhe, Luke White­head and Avril Chris­tiansen plant a tree

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Dis­trict Com­mis­sioner Peter Doy, right, and group leader Ian Ruck with Smeeth Scout group mem­bers at their tree plant­ing

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Ven­tur­ers Gre­gory Hedge, Kim­ber­ley Sparshatt, Em­i­lie Cowie and James Earl, with leader Heather Hale, take a break from clear­ing

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