RAF personnel get their hands dirty

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Personnel from the Simulator Support Flight at RAF Boulmer have been providing a different kind of support at Druridge Bay Country Park.

When Sergeant Carl Tranter heard that volunteers were needed to help out and get their hands dirty, he contacted site manager Graham Mitcheson to see how they could help.

Graham had plenty of projects to offer and the team of 20 senior aircraftmen, four corporals, one sergeant and their flight commander have spent a few afternoons removing fencing and old fence posts, putting up bird boxes and clearing areas of land that have been overrun with reeds and brambles.

Their latest project was the redistribution of bark throughout the woodland following tree cutting.

Sgt Tranter said: “We have an excellent team spirit within our section but this offers a different environment to work in.

“The project offers valuable lessons in leadership, personal development and team ethos.”

Graham added: “The assistance we have received from the RAF Boulmer personnel is greatly appreciated.

“They have played a vital role within the park, enabling more projects to be accomplished, which otherwise may not have been possible.”