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17 January 2014

Christmas trees planted to save Porthtowan beach from wind erosion

Visitors to luxury holiday cottages in Cornwall should be able to enjoy the beautiful Porthtowan beach for years to come thanks to a new initiative by Cornwall Council.

The council has planted dozens of Christmas trees across the beach in an attempt to prevent high winds eroding Porthtowan’s famous sand dunes.

The trees were donated by locals who answered the council’s call – and those same locals helped plant the trees in rows. It’s hoped the rows of festive pines will act as a wind break and stop sand being blown from the beach by high winds.

The strange conservation method is an eco-friendly and cost effective alternative to previous attempts to stop erosion, which have included the erection of fencing and pathways through the dunes.

With the redundant Christmas trees now in place on the beach it is hoped Marram grass will begin to grow in the sand. Once that happens, and the roots of the grass start to bind the dunes together, the Christmas trees will be removed, just in time for summer and your family holiday in Cornwall .


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