Lancashire Wildlife Trust Christmas Tree Planting
Wednesday 9th February and Thursday 10th February 2022
10:00am – 3:00pm
Location: North Beach Car Park, St Annes, Clifton Drive North, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, FY8 2TR
Please meet at the Lancashire Wildlife Trust gazebo on the beach. Enter the Beach via the access point at North Beach Car Park, then turn right and head North on the beach until you see their gazebo.
Lancashire Wildlife Trust are hosting their Christmas tree planting event between the 9th and 11th February where volunteers will plant the Christmas trees into the sand dunes along the Fylde Coast.
Sand dunes on the Fylde Coast provide a unique habitat for lots of highly specialised plants and animals! There are flowers of international importance, moths and butterflies of UK conservation importance, breeding birds, amphibians and reptiles and a SSSI designation. The sand dunes are also a really effective form of soft sea defence for the local community, which is why the Fylde Sand Dunes Project is funded by the Environment Agency to conserve and restore the dunes.
Over the last 150 years, the Fylde Coastline has lost over 80% of the dunes, mainly due to the expansion of the coastal towns. The main aim of the Fylde Sand Dunes Project is to grow the dunes seawards down to the high tide mark, to make the dunes a wider, more efficient form of sea defence.
Christmas trees are a fantastic practical (and free!) resource for the project. Last year the project received well over 2500 trees which were recycled into the dunes. Your donated Christmas trees are partially buried in a line in front of the existing dunes, where their branches stick up slightly and trap wind-blown sand. Over time the sand accumulates around the trees and new embryo dunes start to build up! Since the project started they’ve seen up to a 80m increase in width across the St Anne’s dune system.