UK — British military training estate strengthens overseas links

The Defence Train­ing Estate (DTE) has host­ed a vis­it from the Bun­des­forst — Germany’s equiv­a­lent of the Forestry Com­mis­sion — who play a key role in facil­i­tat­ing pre-deploy­ment train­ing for British Forces sta­tioned in Ger­many

British Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME)soldiers taking part in the Pre-Junior Non Commissioned Officer (PJNCO) Cadre at Haltern Training area in Germany
British Roy­al Elec­tri­cal and Mechan­i­cal Engi­neers (REME)soldiers tak­ing part in the Pre-Junior Non Com­mis­sioned Offi­cer (PJNCO) Cadre at Hal­tern Train­ing area in Ger­many
Source: Min­istry of Defence, UK
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The Bun­des­forst are respon­si­ble for rur­al estate man­age­ment activ­i­ties on Ger­man train­ing areas used by the British Armed Forces. With their work bring­ing them into reg­u­lar con­tact with Defence Train­ing Estate teams, the organ­i­sa­tion request­ed a study vis­it to the UK to gain insight into how DTE man­age UK mil­i­tary train­ing areas.

Cor­rect rur­al estate man­age­ment of mil­i­tary train­ing areas is cru­cial to ensur­ing that DTE meet statu­to­ry require­ments. In turn, this means they can remain open and oper­a­tional for prepar­ing the Armed Forces for deploy­ment to Afghanistan.

Alan Pat­ter­son of the British Forces Liai­son Organ­i­sa­tion (Ger­many) accom­pa­nied the Bun­des­forst del­e­gates on their trip. He said:

“These were impor­tant vis­i­tors for the UK Forces in Ger­many. All of the train­ing estate British Forces Ger­many uses in the Fed­er­al Repub­lic is loaned to us by the Ger­man Gov­ern­ment, and we must work close­ly with the Bun­des­forst, who are effec­tive­ly our land­lords.

“The work­ing rela­tion­ship is already excel­lent and this well thought-out and high­ly suc­cess­ful vis­it improved it even fur­ther. At the end of the day, it is this suc­cess­ful work­ing rela­tion­ship that — quite lit­er­al­ly — pre­pares the ground for the essen­tial train­ing that British troops need for the dan­ger­ous oper­a­tions they are cur­rent­ly engaged in.”

Tanks training on DTE Salisbury Plain while flora flourishes
Tanks train­ing on DTE Sal­is­bury Plain while flo­ra flour­ish­es
Source: Min­istry of Defence, UK

The pro­gramme of vis­its host­ed by DTE for the Bun­des­forst incor­po­rat­ed DTE sites in South­ern Eng­land, start­ing with a vis­it to DTE Sal­is­bury Plain.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Bun­des­forst also made trips to DTE Lul­worth and Bov­ing­ton, where they were able to observe cross-coun­try dri­ver train­ing, and to DTE Home Coun­ties, where they met with stake­hold­ers includ­ing Nat­ur­al Eng­land and Sur­rey Wildlife Trust.

Axel Schulze-Bier­back, head of the Bun­des­forst branch in Nurn­berg said:

“The vis­it left all the par­tic­i­pants in no doubt over the huge com­pe­tence DTE demon­strates in the course of its land man­age­ment on the mil­i­tary train­ing areas in Great Britain.

“The suc­cess­ful part­ner­ships between DTE, oth­er British author­i­ties and groups includ­ing Nat­ur­al Eng­land and the Sur­rey Wildlife Trust, were very inter­est­ing for us to expe­ri­ence.”

Press release
Min­istry of Defence, UK

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