Engineers Get Busy with Bugs

Personnel from the Structures Bay in the Puma Aircraft Servicing Flight at RAF Benson have been busy revamping the outdoor area of a local pre-school, including building a bug hotel!

Led by Cpl Mike Instone, the team of six engineers tackled the outdoor area of Ewelme Village Pre-School which is run from a dedicated room in the village hall at Ewelme and their outdoor area was in need of some attention.

Cpls Mike Instone, Dean Bristow, Dan Toole and Jonathan Snell and SACs Sam Beed and Ben Walby got to grips with the overgrown area to make it suitable for young children to explore; chopping back shrubs, clearing dead foliage, clearing and tidying raised flower beds, planting herbs and re-planting flowers, and repairing and securing fencing and storage areas. At the end of the day, the outdoor area was swept clean and ready for the children to explore.

It also came complete with a ‘bug hotel’. After some research into the requirements of hotels for bugs, the team put their engineering wits to the test to manufacture a hotel fit for the bugs of Ewelme. Using recycled materials they created a five-star establishment, which was installed in the outdoor area once the transformation was complete.

The team thoroughly enjoyed the work despite the less-than-ideal weather conditions, and they were honoured to receive personal letters of thanks from the pre-school. Cpl Instone commented, “Everybody on the team had fun and maintained a real sense of team and community spirit. It was hard going thanks to the weather but the regular supply of tea and cake from the kind staff at the pre-school helped! We’re really happy to have been able to help and it is definitely something that we would look to do again in the future.”

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