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Old Trees for New Dunes

Monday, January 22, 2018


Fife Coast and Countryside Trust (FCCT) and St Andrews Links Trust are continuing to work in partnership to help transform Fife’s coastline, by utilising real Christmas trees donated by local residents to help prevent crater erosion on the sand dunes along West Sands.

This is the 3rd year of the project, which is making a significant contribution to the conservation of one of the longest linear section of dunes in Scotland. The dunes are a vital coastal defence protecting the golf courses managed by the St Andrews Links Trust.

Twenty five FCCT volunteers joined Countryside Rangers Ranald Strachan and Bob Weston at a volunteer event at the West Sands on Saturday 13th January, when the 275 donated trees were placed in a badly eroded crater in sand dunes along West Sands, to support sand catching and grass growth.

Commenting on the Christmas tree recycling scheme, Fife Coast and Countryside Trust Ranger Ranald Strachan said: “Utilising the recycled trees has proved a success in the past and have helped prevent further erosion of the craters from high winds, which are such a frequent occurrence along the Fife coastline.

As well as benefiting the sand dunes, it also limits waste going to landfill and provides the donor with an extra opportunity to make a lasting gift out of their old tree which contributes to environmental restoration.”

Unfortunately last year a fire started maliciously resulted in the work of the volunteers being significantly damaged. This year the St Andrews Links Trust and FCCT plan a large sand recharge to cover the trees at least in part in February. Once these works are completed further volunteer events will be held to replant the area of dunes with marram grass.

For more information on how to get involved, visit our volunteering page

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