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. Much of this sand would otherwise have been on the roads and in residents’ gardens.
Vitally, they also form ‘soft sea defences’ which 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
Christmas trees can be donated to the St Annes Sand Dunes project between the 5th and 15th January 2018 and the drop off locations can be found below.
Don’t forget – take all the decorations 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.
Christmas tree drop off points in 2018:
• Coastguard Station, North Beach car park, Lytham St Annes
• Beach Terrace Café, Fairhaven Road car park, Lytham St Annes
• Marine Bowling Club car park, Fairhaven Lake, Lytham St Annes
• Lowther Gardens, West Beach, Lytham St Annes
• Lytham Railway Station car park, Station Square, Lytham St Annes
• Rawsthorne Sports Centre car park, Bush Lane, Freckleton
• Elswick Village Hall car park, Roseacre Road, Elswick
• Newton Hall Park, School Lane, Newton
• Middle car park, Mill Lane, Kirkham
• Wrea Green Institute car park, Station Road, Wrea Green
• Fleetwood Road Playing Fields, Fleetwood Road, Wesham
• The Eagle and Child car park, Mythop Road, Weeton
• Staining Village Hall car park, Chain Lane, Staining
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