Work has begun to help stabilise the dune at Porthtowan.

At a meeting attended by representatives of Porthtowan Beach Association, the Porthtowan Dunes Community Group, St Agnes Parish Council and Cornwall Council a programme for planting vegetation on the dunes was agreed. The area will be fenced off during this time to help protect the new plants and give them an opportunity to establish.

While the fencing will clearly mark the areas where work is taking place, visitors to the beach are being asked to be mindful of this work and not to enter the fenced-off areas.

Councillor Joyce Duffin, Cornwall Council portfolio holder for Housing and Environment, and Local Member for the area, said: “It is really important that we achieve some way of stabilising the sand in Porthtowan. At the meeting everyone agreed to go ahead with this planting and provide signage so that residents and visitors will know why the works are happening. The fencing is vital to let these plants establish without being walked over.”

“The results of an independent study, which will provide a long term management plan for Porthtowan, will be available after the summer.”

Posted on 12 May 2015