Christmas trees are being used to help protect delicate sand dunes and their fragile ecosystem
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Christmas trees planted at widemouth bay to help coastal erosion

Helping protect sand dues

Disused Christmas trees are being used to help save vital sand dunes and their fragile ecosystems in Widemouth Bay, north Cornwall.

Local residents have once again donated their old Christmas trees to what has become an annual event organised by Widemouth Task Force.

For the last few winters, the group has appealed for locals to donate their old tinsel-free trees, rather than take them to the tip, in a bid to help stabalise and protect the delicate dunes along the north Cornwall coast.

Ecological project

The idea is to plant the trees to help hold the sand back so that important marram grass can be replanted at a later date to help preserve the dunes and protect wildlife as well as the properties behind them.

More than 250 Christmas trees were delivered and replanted this year at Black Rock which helps boost to the successful work the in January 2023 when more than300 planted in Widemouth Bay.

Widemouth Task Force were joined by Cornwall Council, Cormac, The Bude Valley Volunteers and Cornwall Wildlife Trust as well as local resident volunteers for the project.

Well done to all involved.

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