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Christmas trees to be removed or reburied

By West Briton  |  Posted: May 15, 2014

The trees will be removed or reburied, says Cornwall Council.

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A CHRISTMAS tree graveyard left on Porthtowan beach will be removed or reburied after Cornwall Council performed a U-turn over the project.

Following months of complaints over the trees, the council this week admitted it would remove some of the dead firs and bury others again.

The project was carried out in January to help preserve the sand dunes in the hope the trees would encourage grasses to grow to retain sand and strengthen the mounds.

But strong winds left the decaying trees exposed and sand piling up behind them.

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After meeting with the Porthtowan Dunes Community Group (PDCG), the council has agreed a series of actions to improve the situation, including siting the trees in tightly packed rows, with any not used being recycled.

The council will redistribute sand which has been blown off the beach and install fencing to protect the area from people walking through, although a footpath will be provided.

Meanwhile, the council will undertake a full survey of the area with a view to formulating a long-term plan.

In a statement, the PDCG said: "We are pleased that our plan has been accepted and the council and the group can now move forward to re-establishing our beautiful beach, green and dunes."

Cornwall councillor for the area, Joyce Duffin, said: "It is great to have an agreed plan. Interim works can now be carried out, hopefully starting within the next few weeks. I know everyone will be very happy to see some of the sand moved and put back onto the beach. The results of the independent study will then create a long-term management plan for the area."

The group and the council will continue to work together over the next few weeks to put the funding in place, seek quotations and agree a start date.

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