Tree installed on river bank
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How old Christmas trees are recycled as flood defences

Once stripped of their tinsel and baubles, most Christmas trees end up in landfill or are ground up as chippings - but a recycling scheme is seeing them put to good use in the natural environment.

The Environment Agency and some councils are using the unwanted trees to protect riverbanks and coastlines from erosion.

Leah Boleto reports.

  • 28 Dec 2014
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