When Christmas is over … tree planting dune preservation event

From Bude Climate Change Partnership:

A date for your diary.

After the festivities are over, take your Christmas tree over to Black Rock Beach on Saturday 8th January, 10am-1pm.

It’s brightened up your front room now it can do vital work preserving the sand dunes.

As storms will become a more regular occurrence due to climate change, it’s more important than ever to do what we can to protect our beautiful coastline.

Widemouth Task Force adds:

(Drop off point is through the gates in the Blackrock overflow carpark to the right)
from 10am – 1pm only
with, Cormac, Widemouth Task Force and Bude Valley Volunteers
* Drop offs at Blackrock beach only!
*All trees must be free of tinsel and decoration
*No commercial volume of trees.
*Trenches will be dug for you to plant your own trees
*Please respect any Covid rules which may apply
*The trees are used to create fences across the sand dunes, these fences will be placed in areas where the naturally occurring marram grass has been lost due to trampling and erosion.
When the wind blows from the sea the sand on the dune blows away and the dunes become flattened. This is a serious problem as not only does this mean that important sand dune habitat is lost but it also compromises the dunes as a natural sea defence.
The Christmas tree fences will help by mimicking the action of the Marram grass, catching the sand blown on to the dunes from the beach and also dissipating the power of the wind as it blows across the surface of the dunes.
Over time the trees become buried which helps to build up the dune system and help to stabilise the surface, which allows the Marram grass to root again naturally or helped along by being planted by our volunteers at a later date.


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