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Are you Fir real? Plea for old Christmas trees to be buried in Porthtowan

By WBEsme  |  Posted: December 22, 2013

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A beach group in Porthtowan has come up with an unusual and environmentally friendly way to get rid of old Christmas trees.

Instead of taking unwanted Christmas trees to the dump, the Porthtowan Beach and Dune Management Group is appealing for volunteers to bring and bury their unwanted firs in the dunes next month.

The group predict that the trees will help stabilise the dunes and prevent further erosion from overuse.

Once buried the trees, which have to real rather than synthetic, will act a wind trap and create the perfect environment for plants to grow.

To help this process, the beach group will also be planting marram grass seeds in early spring.

Joyce Duffin, Cornwall Councillor for Mount Hawke and Portreath, said: “The dunes are an important part of the beach environment providing coastal defences and a habitat for a variety of insects, small mammals and birds.

“They are also used by many people for a range of recreational activities and while it’s fantastic to see the area is well used and appreciated, unfortunately, over time, these activities have damaged the dunes.”

The tree burying event will take place on Saturday, January 11, between 10am and 3pm.

Volunteers are asked to bring shovels and dress appropriately.

Those unable to make the session can drop unwanted Christmas trees at the Porthtowan Surf Lifesaving Club before January 11.

For more information email, countryside@cormacltd.co.uk

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