Cadets dig deep to help clean pond

Longbenton Air Cadets help clear the pond in New Hartley.
Longbenton Air Cadets help clear the pond in New Hartley.
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Cadets swapped their flying boots for waders as they took part in an assault to help local wildlife.

The youngsters from Longbenton Air Cadets cleaned up a pond in New Hartley which is a protected site and known as a breeding ground for newts.

The pond was in need of some long overdue conservation work with the 13 to 19-year-olds rolling up their sleeves to get stuck in to clearing the pond.

Cadet Ben Tate, 14, of Forest Hall, said: “It was great fun and to know we’ve made the area look tidy and helped the newts to breed which is great.”

Northumberland Are Countryside manager Frances Povey said: “The air cadets have helped with lots of different conservation projects over the years and done a great job.

“The job they’ve done at the pond is amazing and I am very grateful to them for giving their time to help.”

Squadron boss Flight Lieutenant Gary Richardson said: “Our young people are certainly not shy of hard work and they have done themselves proud in the conservation work carried out here.”

For more on the squadron visit www.2344.org.uk