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Porthtowan Dunes Plan Under Fire
7:01am 11th January 2014
Plans to bury Christmas trees in the dunes behind a Cornish beach are under fire.
The Council hopes planting them will help secure the sand bank at Porthtowan.
But local campaigners reckon more needs to be put back on the beach itself first.
Jack O'Shea speaks for the Porthtowan Dunes Group: "The Christmas trees will continue to trap sand coming off the beach and with not putting any sand back on the beach it is going to be completely denuded and we still have this burgeoning massive amount of sand on the green.
"It's not that we're totally against the Christmas tree planting. It's just we need to step back and look at it better in a broader picture and carry it out in one larger action rather than piecemeal attempts to resolve it."
Councillor Joyce Duffin, Cornwall Council local Member for Mount Hawke and Portreath said: "The dunes are an important part of the beach environment providing coastal defences and a habitat for a variety of insects, small mammals and birds. They are also used by many people for a range of recreational activities and while it's fantastic to see the area is well used and appreciated, unfortunately, over time, these activities have damaged the dune.
"A sustainable way of protecting the dune is to use natural materials to limit sand movement and we hope the trees will be the first step in stabilising the area."
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