Christmas Tree Planting

Christmas Tree Planting 2018 ©Brian Jones

Annual Christmas Tree Planting 2019

Location: North Beach Car Park, St Annes, Clifton Drive North, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, FY8 2TR, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, FY8 2TR
It's that time of the year again, when we ask you to bring down your old Christmas trees and we reuse them to help stabilise our sand dunes on the Fylde Coast!

Come on down and help us bury those loveable firs in the dunes between the 29th and 31st January!

We’ll provide all of the equipment and light refreshments on the day. Volunteers just need to have sturdy footwear and lots of warm clothing!

Event details

Date

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Time
10:00am - 15:00pm
A static map of Annual Christmas Tree Planting 2019

About the event

It's that time of the year again, when we ask you to bring down your old Christmas trees and we reuse them to help stabilise our sand dunes on the Fylde Coast!

Come on down and help us bury those loveable firs in the dunes between the 29th and 31st January! 

We’ll provide all of the equipment and light refreshments on the day. Volunteers just need to have sturdy footwear and lots of warm clothing!

Why are we planting Christmas Trees?

Sand dunes on the Fylde Coast provide a unique habitat for lots of highly specialised plants and animals! We have flowers of international importance, moths and butterflies of UK conservation importance, breeding birds, amphibians and reptiles and a SSSI designation. Our 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 we’ve lost over 80% of the dunes on the Fylde coastline, 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 our project. Last year we received well over 2000 trees which we recycled into the dunes with the help of lots of volunteers. 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 we’ve seen up to a 40m increase in width across the St Anne’s dune system.

Come along and help us build new dunes with recycled Christmas Trees!

Know before you go

Dogs

Under effective control

Mobility

Not suitable for those with reduced mobility

Wheelchair access

None

What to bring

Warm outdoor clothing, Suitable footwear, Lunch

Parking information

Parking available at North Beach Car Park, St Anne's

Facilities

Toilets

Contact us

Amy Pennington
Contact number: 07860954290
The local residents and general public are generally positive about the Christmas tree planting and it’s a great way to get the local community involved in our work. Everyone does their part by donating trees and many volunteer to help bury them too. It’s a great way to encourage local people to take ownership for their coastline and help to sustain it for future generations
Amy Pennington
Lancashire Wildlife Trust

Why Christmas trees are going back up in Lytham and St Annes.

News article by That's Lancashire, published on 8 Feb 2017.

Recycling Christmas trees is a great way of engaging with the local community. Nearly every home will have a Christmas tree that would otherwise go to waste at the end of the holiday but recycling them means that they won’t. The Christmas trees play a very important role in helping to improve the dunes as a natural sea defence, trapping windblown sands which then encourages dune grasses to grow.
Fylde Council