Christmas trees and St Annes Sand Dunes might seem like an unlikely match. But old discarded ones get a new lease of life each year, helping to protect and extend Fylde’s sand dunes as part of the area’s Dunes Project.
Christmas Trees and St Annes Sand Dunes
For several years, real Christmas trees have been collected by Fylde Council and ‘planted’ at the seaward side of the St Annes dunes.
Old Christmas trees were first planted in front of the dunes in a small section between Starr Gate and Todmorden Road in 2012 in a bid to extend the dunes seawards.
The old trees trap the windblown sand and build the dunes seaward. This not only improves the sea defence but also reduces the problem of windblown sand for residents.
Extending the Sand Dunes
Plantings in previous years have already worked well, creating several feet of sand in front of the dunes that wasn’t there before. It’s diverted hundreds of tonnes of sand from Fylde roads by keeping it on the dunes. Much of this sand would otherwise have been on the roads and in residents’ gardens.
Vitally, they also form ‘soft sea defences’, offering protection against high waves. Dunes reduce the risk of flooding and, importantly, provide extra wildlife habitat.
Not that many years ago these old trees would have gone to landfill and attracted Landfill Tax which residents would have had to pay one way or the other. With this recycling, the old trees have a new life in helping the environment.
Volunteers and council staff reuse the trees early in the year after the high Spring Tides have passed.
Donate your Christmas Tree
To have your tree collected…
If you live in FY3, FY4 or FY8*, volunteers are offering to collect any real Christmas trees from households in exchange for a donation to Trinity Hospice.
Registration for collection closes on 8th January 2019. Collections will take place on 12 and 13 January 2019.
* Collections can also be arranged from postcode areas FY1 FY2 FY3 FY4 FY5 FY8. You can also volunteer to support Trinity by collecting trees at the above link.
Or drop your tree off…
Real Christmas trees can also be taken to collection points across the borough between Friday 4 and Sunday 13 January 2019.
- Coastguard Station, North Beach Car Park Clifton Drive North, Lytham St Annes
- Marine Bowling Club Car Park Fairhaven Lake, Inner Promenade, Lytham St Annes
- Lowther Gardens Car Park West Beach, Lytham St Annes
- Elswick Village Hall Car Park Roseacre Road, Elswick
- Rawstrone Sports Centre Car Park Bush Lane, Freckleton
- Middle Car Park Mill Lane, Kirkham
- Staining Village Hall Car Park Chain Lane, Staining
Alternatively, if you have subscribed for the green bin service, real trees can be chopped up and placed inside the green bin. Please make sure the lid is closed for collection.
Don’t forget – take all the decorations and accoutrements off first!
Volunteer to Plant Christmas Trees
For three days from the 6th to the 8th February 2018 the Annual Christmas Tree Planting Event took place.
We’ll keep you posted with details for next years event.
The donated trees will be partially buried by volunteers and the Fylde Sand Dunes Project team out in the dunes.
The branches of the recycled Christmas trees trap windblown sand as comes ashore. The sand accumulates and helps to naturally build up the sand dunes.
The team are always looking for volunteers. If you’d like to help please visit the St Annes Sand Dunes Facebook page.
If you do get in touch, please mention that you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast – thanks!
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