Due to recent covid restrictions the cadets had been denied access to military installations for the last three years. So it was with some anticipation and excitement that we awaited our trip to the Royal Engineer’s Plant School. The school is on the Hoo Peninsula, near Wainscot and is part of the Royal Engineer School of Military Engineering based in Chatham. The Royal Engineer’s Plant School is where the army students are trained in the operational usage of bulldozers, JCBs and forklift trucks amongst other various and wonderful earthmoving vehicles.
We left King’s, on time at 8:30am, and were soon at the School where we were met by Sergeant … who chaperoned us for the day. Once the cadets were donned in high viz. jackets and safety helmets they were led to a vast area of dug up land. Far off in the distance a group of D5 Bulldozers were busy digging a series of large ditches, they would disappear from view and then reemerge, their front blades pushing out yet more earth. We were informed that this particular piece of land is the most dug up area in Europe and as such can never be built on.