VISITORS to the beach at St Annes have been amazed to see a line of Christmas trees along the edge of the dunes.
This was not a case of fly-tipping but an attempt to widen the hugely important dune-network along the Fylde coast.
Workers and volunteers from Lancashire Wildlife Trust, Fylde Council and the Marine Biology and Coastal Zone Management Degree course, from Blackpool and Fylde College carried out the work which will actually create a new row of dunes as sand is washed against the trees – and eventually cover them.
We dug out a gully and then placed in hundreds of Christmas trees, which were handed in at recycling centres.
The trees provide an obstacle to trap windblown sand, eventually creating a new row of sand dunes.
The dunes between Starr Gate and Lytham Green reduce the risk of flooding and protect the rare dune habitat between the beach and Clifton Drive.
The Wildlife Trust, Fylde and Blackpool Councils are working to improve the highly specialised dune habitat after landing a £470,000 grant from Defra.
I am sure a lot of people are wondering why we have buried Christmas trees on the beach.
Hopefully this will answer their questions.”
Lancashire Sand Dunes Project Officer