A HELICOPTER crew from RAF Benson, which was grounded by the Icelandic volcano cloud, has been helping in the community.
The servicemen carried out maintenance work at the Ewelme watercress beds.
Tom Stevenson, who is manager of the nature reserve, said: “Because of the volcano ash the helicopters were grounded and the crews were left with spare time on their hands. We can always use help to maintain these historic beds. Many thanks to the volcano — and especially to RAF Benson.”
Flights from RAF Benson have been grounded since Thursday last week. One Merlin helicopter flew for essential pre-deployment training during the ban under special instructions and restrictions. The base is home to the Merlin and Puma helicopters that operate in Afghanistan.