In January, for reasons best known to themselves, the local council decided to plant 100 discarded Christmas trees on the beach.
In Nanny's opinion these trees would help build a defence against the waves and the ongoing erosion of the beach. Nanny expected the trees to end up being covered in sand.
Can you guess what happened next children?
Yes, that's right, the trees died and are now sticking up on the beach (not covered in sand) forming a mini petrified forest.
The Porthtowan Dunes Community Group say the plan has failed, leaving the battered and weather-beaten Christmas trees sticking out of the sand.
Thus as we approach Eater the beach looks absurd.
Locals who want to dig the trees up have been threatened with legal action by the council.
A letter from countryside officer Jolyon Sharpe warned members of the Porthtowan Beach Management Group they could face legal action if they pushed ahead.
As per the Mail it read:
"If the group feel that it is appropriate to act independently of Cornwall Council it will have to consider its options regarding taking action to prevent such unauthorised interference and any appropriate recompense.Cornwall Councillor Joyce Duffin said:
I would sincerely hope that we can work together to ensure the most appropriate outcome for this area and that the Council will not have to resort to such a response."
"I can't comment if the trees are or are not working, though I think they are trapping some of the sand.Ironically were householders to have dumped their trees on the beach they would have been fined for fly tipping.
They would need to have permission [to remove the trees] because it's council land."
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