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Storm washes dead Christmas trees around Porthtowan

By WBEsme  |  Posted: February 03, 2014

The trees before the weekend storms

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More than 30 dead Christmas trees have been dumped in and around Porthtowan after the weekend’s fierce storm.

The trees, which were buried in the sand less than a month ago in a controversial bid to stabilize the shifting dunes, have been scattered across the beach and among houses in the village.

Gale force winds and high spring tides have been blamed for the upheaval.

Porthtowan Dunes Group posted on their Facebook page: “Another 30+ dead Christmas trees scattered around the beach, stream, sandpile etc.

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“It is very hard not to say ‘I told you so’, so we'll give in to temptation and say to Councillor Joyce Duffin and the Council "experts" - if you didn't get a big enough message from 80 or so people at the Village Hall meeting on the 22nd, then this surely must tell you it was a really bad idea to stick loads of horrible dead Christmas trees in the sand at the rear of the beach.


The group are appealing for volunteers to help clear some of the trees this afternoon.

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  • PorthtowanCDG  |  February 03 2014, 11:33AM

    Your article sadly doesn't tell the whole story - over 100 loose dead christmas trees have been collected up from the roads, sea, beach and peoples gardens over the past 2 weeks. Special thanks especially to all the volunteers who turned out on Saturday and Sunday to collect & drag the dead trees from throughout the Village and store them securely to prevent further damage and possible injuries . Some of these dead trees are over 6 foot high and 5 feet around; coming across one at night rolling around the roads is very dangerous. We had reports of trees rolling about like tumbleweed. Anyone who would like to find out the background to this unpopular and unapproved scheme is very welcome to join the 400 + people on the Facebook page set up by residents and businesses at "Porthtowan Dunes Group" or go to the Facebook community online newsletter "Porthtowan Post". Our community Group has spent years trying to persuade Cornwall Council to work with us not against us, to restore our once lovely beach and dunes; despite letters and meetings, sticking 100s of dead Christmas trees in a pile of loose sand was not wanted by 95% of people at the recent meeting. Can you blame people for being frustrated at Councillors and Officers who will not listen to the community?

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