Record trees haul to help preserve dunes

Coun Carol Lanyon and campaigner Richard Bennett collecting Christmas trees around St Annes

Coun Carol Lanyon and campaigner Richard Bennett collecting Christmas trees around St Annes

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A record number of Christmas trees have been collected around St Annes – and are set to be planted on the beach next week to help preserve the town’s sand dunes.

The collection by Fylde Liberal Democrats topped 375, around 40 up on last year, and the number of trees collected in the five years that the scheme has been running is now well over 1,000.

Christmas trees being planted on St Annes beach in early 2014 to help build up the dunes

Christmas trees being planted on St Annes beach in early 2014 to help build up the dunes

“Everyone who has asked for their tree to be collected has remarked very positively on the scheme and the fact that their tree is going to be put to good use,” said 
Fylde Lib Dems chairman Coun Tony Ford, who co-ordinated the collections,

“The trees will be part-buried on the beach in front of the existing dunes and provide a barrier and support for the sand.

“Wind-blown sand gets trapped among the needles and branches and falls and so the sand builds up helping to protect the dune behind and gradually the dunes will move seaward so protecting our coastline.”

Town councillor Carol Lanyon added: “It’s hard work, 
especially in the weather we’ve experienced recently, but we are very much an environmentally-aware party and we feel protecting our coastline in this way is better than doing nothing at all.

“Collecting trees is a great help to residents now we have no local recycling centre and judging by the many comments we get, our efforts are greatly appreciated.”

Fylde Council organises the planting, the exact date of which is yet to be confirmed, providing a digger and staff, but Coun Ford said more volunteers would be welcome as each tree has to be placed in the trench by hand.

Details from Coun Ford on (01253) 713885, by text to 07831 415482 or alternatively, email tonyford19@gmail.com