Posted: Tue 31st Dec 2013

What to do with your real Christmas tree.

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Dec 31st, 2013

So with those real Christmas trees looking shabby and bare, there`s a good chance many will be on the receiving end of a New Years hangover induced deep clean and launched off into the garden or the Neighbours garden.

XMASTREE-tiger

Tigers like trees

If your a keen follower of tradition you`ll be hanging on until the 6th of January when apparently we can take decorations down free from the fear of 10 years bad luck, or something. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Of course if you have a tiger they are partial to a bit of evergreen and will happily munch through a few trees to help out the environment, If however your like the rest of us, and you don`t have a tiger then you can always donate your discarded Christmas tree to Flintshire coastal rangers and contribute to sand dune restoration works. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The rangers are asking for all real Christmas tree lovers to donate large trees over four feet tall in one whole piece and without decorations, after the festive season.
Residents can take their trees to Wepre Park in Connahs Quay, Talacre Beach and the Greenfield amenity site between 4 and 12 January 2014. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Alistair Hemphill, Coastal Ranger said:  ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

‘The dunes took a real battering in the recent storm and we need to go back to early management practices that help re establish the sand dunes. We will use the trees to trap wind blown sand along the eroded dune ridge.’ ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Councillor Bernie Attridge, Cabinet Member for the Environment said:  ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“This is a great initiative to recycle Christmas trees, help the local community and save the environment. The trees will be put to good use and go some way to helping repair the damage after the recent storms. What a brilliant example of the Council, partners and residents working together to help the environment.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Over the last 15 years Flintshire Countryside Service and its partners, BHP Billiton, Presthaven Sands and Natural Resources Wales have stabilised the dunes by wind trapping sand and installing fences to keep visitors from damaging the sensitive fore dunes. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Beach nourishment schemes by FCC Engineers brought dredged sand to the beach further building up the fore dunes as a credible sea defence.  ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Rangers and volunteers will install all the collected trees on the beach in the new year. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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