Tyneside dunes anchored by marram and lyme grasses

British Wild Flower Plants is helping to reclaim a strip of coastline in South Shields by supplying 268,000 Marram and Lyme Grass plants.

The company, which has more than 380 wild flower species, grew the plants last summer for South Tyneside Council and shifted them 480km last week from its base in North Burlingham, Norfolk.

"The grass can grow up to 1m high and once in place will hold the dunes in place using its deep roots," said owner Linda Laxton.

"The seed was collected from a nearby site last summer so that the plants we grow and deliver will have the same genetic make-up and should establish quickly. These plants are very hardy so can withstand harsh weather," she added.

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