Christmas Tree Planting (Sand Dune Stabilisation)

Event details

Tue, 06/02/2018 - 10:00am - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 3:00pm

It's that time of the year again, when we ask you to bring down your old Christmas trees and reuse them to help stabilise our sand dunes on the Fylde Coast.

It's that time of the year again, when we ask you to bring down your old Christmas trees and we reuse them to help stabilise our sand dunes on the Fylde Coast!

Come on down and help us bury those loveable firs in the dunes between the 6th and 8th February!

On Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th we're going to be based out of North Beach Car Park, St Annes, on the 8th we'll be based out of North Promenade Car Park, St Annes. We’ll provide all of the equipment and safety briefings at the start of the day. Volunteers just need to have sturdy footwear and lots of warm clothing!

If you’d like to donate your Christmas tree to the project the drop off locations can be found HERE. Trees can be donated between the 3rd and 14th January 2018, please make sure all decorations and packaging are removed first.

Why are we planting Christmas trees?

Sand dunes on the Fylde Coast provide a unique habitat for lots of highly specialised plant and animal species! We have flowers of international importance, moths and butterflies of UK conservation importance, breeding birds, amphibians and reptiles and a SSSI designation. Our sand dunes are also a really effective form of soft sea defence for the community, which is why the Fylde Sand Dunes restoration project is funded by the Environment Agency.

However, over the last 150 years we’ve lost over 80% of the dunes on our coastline, mainly due to the expansion of our towns. The main aim of the Fylde Sand Dunes Project therefore is to grow the dunes seawards down to the high tide mark, and improve the dune habitat we already have.

Christmas trees are a great (And free!) resource for our team working to grow the dunes. Last year we received well over 1000 trees which we recycled into the dunes with the help of lots of volunteers. Your donated Christmas trees are partially buried in a line in front of the existing dunes, where their branches trap wind blown sand. Over time the sand accumulates around the trees and the dunes start to build up! Since the project started we’ve seen up to a 30m increase in width across the St Anne’s dune system.
 

Venue location

North Beach Car Park, 24 Summerfields, Lytham Saint Annes FY8 2TR

Event information

Date
Tuesday 6th February 2018
Time
10:00am
Price / Donation
Free
Audience
All
Trust
The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside
Venue location
North Beach Car Park, 24 Summerfields, Lytham Saint Annes FY8 2TR
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What to bring
warm clothes and sturdy footwear that won't let sand in.
Contact details
Tel: 07860 954 290
kowen@lancswt.org.uk
Kate Owen