Old Xmas trees used to stabilise dunes

A coastal local authority has found a clever way of dealing with unwanted old Christmas trees that is eco-friendly and prevents flooding.

Rangers in East Sussex are using the trees to stabilise sand dunes and protect them from erosion by harsh winds.

They lay the spruce and fir trees horizontally on the dunes to trap the windblown sand, said the county council.

It invited locals to bring their trees to Camber Sands, near Rye, where volunteers collected them and laid them on their sides in shallow trenches.

A council representative said the dunes were home to rare animals like the sand dart and shore waistcoat, and part of the landscape was a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

"Dunes are a dynamic system, with wind-blown sand moving inland in strong winds. To prevent Camber village flooding and the loss of sand it must be stabilised."


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