Five thousands Christmas trees are being used to help prevent the erosion of Merseyside’s sand dunes
THOUSANDS of Christmas trees are being used to help prevent the erosion of Merseyside’s sand dunes.
The National Trust organises the tree planting every year – using leftover Christmas trees from Homebase – to preserve the dunes on the Formby coast.
But this year’s consignment of 5,000 trees is the largest ever.
Teams of staff and volunteers will use the trees to create more than a mile of brush fencing.
A National Trust spokesman said: “The trees are placed in rows in areas where the dunes are most vulnerable to help catch the sand as the wind blows it over the dunes.
“The sand builds up around the trees and, once buried, the trees then bind the dune together.”
Merseyside residents have also donated hundreds of festive pines and dozens of volunteers have led the effort to dig in the trees. Andrew Brockbank, countryside manager for the National Trust at Formby, said: “Our dunes are moving inland as the coastline retreats at a rate of around four metres a year.
“We are trying to slow the sand as it blows across the dunes and these trees make an excellent material for building these brush fences to effectively trap sand in the dunes.”
Homebase operations manager Paul Hilton said: “This is a fantastic scheme that we are proud to be part of.”
To volunteer, call the National Trust on 01704 878591 or email formby@national trust.org.uk