Christmas Tree Planting ©Brian Jones

Christmas Tree Planting ©Brian Jones

Annual Christmas Tree Planting 2020

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 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 4th and 6th February!

Event details

Meeting point

North Beach Car Park, Clifton Drive North, St Anne's, FY8 2TR

Date

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Time
10:00am - 3:00pm
A static map of Annual Christmas Tree Planting 2020

About the event

It's that time of the year again, when we ask you to bring down your old Christmas trees and 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 4th and 6th February

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 50m increase in width across the St Anne’s dune system.

We'll be at North Beach (please park at North Beach Car Park) in St Anne's between 10am and 3pm on Tuesday 4th, Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th February.

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

If you are an individual or a small group (of less than 10) you are welcome to just turn up on any day. 

If you are a large group (of more than 10) please let us know you are coming by emailing apennington@lancswt.org.uk

All help appreciated!

Booking

Phone number

07860954290

Price

FREE

Additional booking information

If you are a large group (of more than 10) please let us know you are coming by emailing apennington@lancswt.org.uk
If you are an individual or a small group (of less than 10) you are welcome to just turn up on any day.

Know before you go

Dogs

Under effective control
You are welcome to bring dogs, however there will be lots of heavy duty machinery in use on the beach, and large deep trenches for the Christmas trees so please make sure dogs are either on a lead or under effective control to minimise risks.

Mobility

Not suitable for those with limited mobility

Wheelchair access

None

What to bring

Warm and waterproof clothing

Appropriate/sturdy footwear

Parking information

Free parking will be made available on North Beach Car Park for all volunteers wanting to help plant Christmas trees

Facilities

Toilets
Cafe/refreshments

Contact us

Amy Pennington
Contact number: 07860954290