The retiring Camp Commandant at Altcar Training Camp is leaving a legacy of over 100,000 trees planted in Sefton.
After a long military career, including a number of operational tours, Major Bill Hunter took up employment at Altcar in 1988. His passion for conservation meant that he became the driving force behind tree planting on the site.
Tens of thousands of pine trees provide a habitat for a thriving population of red squirrels, help to absorb some of the noise from the firing range, and contribute to the 9 million trees in The Mersey Forest.
Last week, a celebratory Bosnian pine was planted on the site to mark Major Hunter's conservation efforts.
Major Hunter said: "I am proud to have left a lasting environmental legacy at Altcar. The trees span over 18 hectares, transforming the landscape and making the site a better place for training soldiers, while limiting the impact on local people."
He will be succeeded by Lieutenant Colonel Gordon Black, who has vowed to preserve Major Hunter's green legacy and take responsibility for the woodland management on the site.
The planting has taken place in partnership with The Mersey Forest, who helped the camp secure funding for its Military Force woodland, and has also helped the camp to run woodland training courses for local landowners.
Nigel Blandford, Timber and Bioenergy at The Mersey Forest, said: "We are looking forward to continuing to work with Altcar Rifle Range in order to both help deliver the objectives of the recently refreshed Sefton Coastal Woodlands Plan, and to maximise the conservation benefits of the trees on the site."