Tree planting just the start of green endeavours

Trees buried on the coastline between Lytham and Starr Gate
Trees buried on the coastline between Lytham and Starr Gate
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Environmental bosses are promising to ‘fight them on the beaches’ to ensure the Fylde’s coastlines are perfect this summer.

Fylde Council is planning a programme of activities this spring to the areas beaches and dunes ready for the sunny months.

The work is part of a bid to encourage wildlife and native vegetation in the area.

Council and Lancashire Wildlife Trust staff have already joined together to plant Christmas trees north of St Annes pier to encourage the dunes to move seaward and reduce sand blown onto roads.

Now there are plans to remove invasive and non-native plants, such as white poplar and sea buckthorn, to help other species.

And repairs to chestnut paling and planting of new wooden stakes in front of the dunes on the seaward side of existing dunes is also on the agenda.

Geoff Willetts, Fylde Council’s senior coast and countryside officer, said: “We planted old Christmas trees only two weeks ago and checks show they have survived the recent storms really well.

“They work by trapping windblown sand which helps to extend the dunes seawards.

“The chestnut paling fencing was installed over a year ago and has taken quite a battering from recent high winds and high tides.

“It will need some remedial repairs which again should be completed over the coming weeks.

“As for the removal of invasive species, sea buckthorn is particularly unpleasant as it is very spiky and extremely fast growing and it will take a number of weeks to remedy this issue.

“We’re involved in a wider project to improve the dunes habitat, not only for nearby residents and visitors, but also to encourage wildlife and native vegetation.”

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