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Air cadets keep feet firmly on the ground as they plant new wooded area at Oulton Park

Wednesday, February 16 2011

Oulton Park is recognised as one of the most scenic circuits in British motorsport, and thanks to the efforts of 22 Northwich air cadets, the circuit is set to become even more picturesque over the coming years after 500 tree saplings were planted in just two hours.

The cadets, from 146 Northwich Squadron ATC, planted the trees on the 70th anniversary to mark the founding of the ATC in 1941, on 5 February.

Squadron Leader Paul Thompson said: "Because the trees were planted on this special anniversary day, I thought we should honour the squadron and the ATC and call it Pardus Septuaginta Wood. Pardus is Latin for panther and Septuaginta is Latin for 70."

Oulton Park Circuit Manager Simon Bonser said: "We were delighted to have a grant application from The Woodland Trust accepted and be able to plant approx 0.5 hectares of land, behind Old Hall Corner, with native trees. This was the only part of Oulton Park that didn't already have a natural barrier between ourselves and our neighbours and it has been very well received by the adjacent land owners. We are especially happy to be planting more trees after a winter when many trees have been lost due to the high winds.

"It was great that the local Air Cadets, 146 Squadron from Northwich, volunteered to plant the trees for the circuit. They did a wonderful job and finished the job quickly and with military precision" Bonser added.

The first event at Oulton Park in 2011 is the Masters Festival and Top Hat raceday on 12 March. Tickets are available priced at £12 with free admission for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click the link below.