The dunes in St Anne’s have had about 2,000 Christmas trees put into them this winter in order to create stronger dunes closer to the sea.
The project helps the sand to stay on the beach and not on the streets as well as creating habitat for rare dune plants and wildlife who rely on the dunes.
The more secure dunes also protect our town from the occasional high tide and future sea rises.
The project has been running for about six years now and is a partnership run by Fylde Council, Blackpool Council and The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside and funded by the Environment Agency. St Anne’s In Bloom support the partnership by providing volunteers who collect trees from St Anne’s residents.
This year St Anne’s in Bloom Collected about 400 trees over the first weekend after Christmas
There were about 20 volunteers divided into six teams.
Their work was supported by Judith Rigg and Carol Lanyon who took addresses and sorted out the route
We had two teams who provided lunch and refreshments too
Thanks so much to all our volunteers for their hard work
There were about 45 volunteers for each of the three days helping to put the trees into the dunes. Some were students from Burnley College.
Any trees that are left over will be put in by the regular volunteer group who meet every Thursday and who support Lancashire Wildlife Trust.
If you wish to help them, please contact Hilary on email@example.com
Plugs of marram grasses were also planted to help stabilise the dunes.
These had been grown by Fylde Borough Council with the help of volunteers from The Ormerod Trust.
A short video from Lytham St Annes Express about the Christmas tree planting in the dunes:
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As you may know we are collecting old golf bags to fill with plants during the Women’s Open Golf this coming Summer.
We need somewhere temporary to store the bags for a few weeks until we are ready to plant them up. – probably from early May into June.
If you can help please get in touch.
We are looking for unwanted golf bags
The Women’s Open Golf Tournament is returning to Royal Lytham this Summer and we would like to celebrate by planting up some golf bags as part of our display
If you have a bag you no longer want please send us a message and we will arrange to collect
The trees will be put into the dunes on 6th, 7th, and 8th of February. If you want to help us out with this then we start at 10am and will meet at North Beach Car Park on 6th and 7th. Please go to the beach and find us on the 8th
Thanks again for supporting this valuable work.
Fiona (Chair, St Anne’s In Bloom)
St Annes Rotary are helping to add even more colour to the displays in Ashton Gardens. More details in the following article from Lytham St Annes Express