Branching out again to protect sand dunes

Coun Tony Ford collecting Christmas trees
Coun Tony Ford collecting Christmas trees

Real Christmas trees are again being collected from addresses in St Annes and planted them on the beach to protect the dunes.

The incentive by Fylde Liberal Democrats is now in its fifth year and last year, some 330 trees were collected by local volunteers and passed over to Fylde Council.

This year’s collections will start on January 7 and Fylde Lib Dem chairman Coun Tony Ford said: “Real Christmas trees are 100 per cent recyclable and growing Christmas trees is a sustainable activity.

“Recycling them to protect the dunes has proved to be very effective and the log bases have been chopped and distributed to elderly people with open fires as a free fuel.

“The trees were planted along the front of the existing sand dunes and have helped to extend the dunes seaward and capture wind-blown sand.

“We are just trying to help local residents but feel this also emphasises the Liberal Democrats ‘green’ credentials and provides a hands-on approach to address problems created by unstable dunes and wind-blown sand.

“By collecting the trees we’re reducing everyone’s carbon emissions and in previous years we’ve collected the trees using a vehicle that runs on cooking oil so we are being ‘green’ in two ways.

“We also hope that by offering to collect the trees it might reduce the number of trees that are ‘dumped’ as fly-tipping has become more of a problem in the borough.”

Coun Ford said that most parts of Ashton, St Leonard’s, Central and Kilnhouse wards have already received leaflets about the tree recycling scheme and more will be delivered in the coming days.

Anyone wanting their tree collected should e-mail tonyford19@gmail.com, text 07831 415482 or leave a message on (01253) 713885.

Meanwhile, Fylde Council has set up various points around the borough where real Christmas trees can be deposited between tomorrow (Fri) and Monday, January 12.

The sites are at Lowther Gardens, Lytham; North Beach car park, St Annes; St Paul’s Avenue car park, Fairhaven; Mill Street car park, Kirkham and Staining Village Hall. Trees can also be disposed of at the household waste recycling centre on Saltcotes Road, Lytham.

Alternatively, real Christmas trees will be collected in the green wheeled bins on residents’ scheduled collection day. Small trees can be put directly into the bin, although larger trees must be chopped up.