In 2000, Christmas trees collected by local municipalities were used by the Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) to create a barrier in lower Grindstone Creek. The barrier is one of the wetland restoration components of Project Paradise.
The Christmas trees help to restore the historical shoreline of lower Grindstone, prevent carp from entering Grindstone Marshes, and reduce erosion. Small grates in the barrier allow native fish to move through and help to regulate water flow. Over time the Christmas trees will biodegrade and leave sediment behind, creating a natural shoreline. A Christmas tree barrier was later created in Sunfish Pond, further improving the health of the marsh. What a great way to recycle Christmas trees!
Photo Credit: Kristin O’Connor