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RAF Honington trainee gunners help British Trust of Ornithology in Thetford with path project





Trainee gunners from RAF Honington have strengthened the station's links to the community by helping Thetford's British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) with its garden area.

In January, 32 recruits from the RAF Regiment Training Wing gave up part of their weekend to improve facilities at The Nunnery site.

The trainees worked in three teams to create a new woodchip path around the Nunnery lakes.

The trainee gunners at the BTO in Thetford. Picture: RAF; Cpl Mitchell
The trainee gunners at the BTO in Thetford. Picture: RAF; Cpl Mitchell
The trainee gunners removed the top layer of the patch and laid foundations and boarders. Picture: RAF; Cpl Mitchell
The trainee gunners removed the top layer of the patch and laid foundations and boarders. Picture: RAF; Cpl Mitchell

The team also built a bird hide for the site's Kingfisher population and also begun work on another one.

Talking about the experience, 27-year-old Air Recruit Lucas-Sharp, said: "The community project was a great experience for us RAF Regiment Recruits to connect with the locals.

"I believe the day showed the RAF in a positive light and portrays exactly what we stand for, not only that but it helps new trainees to understand selflessness by providing excellent service to the community."

The age of the trainee gunners at RAF Honington ranges from 17 to 35-years-old. Picture: RAF; Cpl Mitchell
The age of the trainee gunners at RAF Honington ranges from 17 to 35-years-old. Picture: RAF; Cpl Mitchell
Part of the path being created by RAF Honington's trainee gunners. Picture: RAF; Cpl Mitchell
Part of the path being created by RAF Honington's trainee gunners. Picture: RAF; Cpl Mitchell

The trainee gunners, whose ages range from 17 to 35-years-old, spend at least one occasion during their 22-week training period assisting with community projects.