04 Jan '12, 1am

Old Christmas trees find second life as flood defence

Old Christmas trees find second life as flood defence

FURTHER READING The Queen's hydro energy scheme slots into place Sterecycle bags £5m equity for Yorkshire waste-to-energy plant Some will be recycled, a few will be replanted , and many will sadly be dumped in a skip. But now the Environment Agency has devised an innovative way of reusing Christmas trees to reduce the risk of flooding. The government-backed body last week confirmed it has successfully trialled projects in Cumbria and Cheshire, which saw felled coniferous trees placed along river banks to help reduce erosion. Large spruce logs are secured at the base of the eroding river banks for stability, with Christmas trees then attached to them to act as a filter and catch silt from the water. In addition, to reduce erosion risks the technique also removes sediment that would otherwise smother fish eggs, preventing them from hatching. The agency said the method could ...

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