Recycled Christmas trees are being used for river restoration in north Cork.

The IRD Duhallow rural development company accepts trees delivered to its main office in Newmarket, Co Cork.

They are used to help reduce river bank erosion, pinned to willow stakes along river banks endangered by floods.

The trees reduce the force of the flood water which can erode valuable farmland.

Natural vegetation can grow between the Christmas tree branches, and in time the river bank becomes more stable — particularly important in rivers where freshwater pearl mussel and salmon are endangered by silt from erosion…..

Irish Examiner. 03/01/2013. Read the article ‘River Restoration helped by recycling Christmas trees’