Saving sand dunes with Marram Grass planting 

by Rose Barrett
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Thirty volunteers from Rush Clean Coasts group, and from further afield planted Marram grass on part of the Sand Dunes on South Beach in Rush. 

Coastal Erosion is a constant issue here with the sand dunes disappearing bit by bit, however, Marram grass helps tie the sand together and provides at least some form of barrier to erosion.

Marram grass planting

Áine Lawless from Clean Coast Ireland oversaw the planting process with the volunteers transplanting the grass from densely populated areas to the bare section of dunes. 

Brendan O’Reilly, from Rush Clean Coasts said “This is the second planting event we have held with Áine, and to see the results from the last time in May 2023, it certainly has motivated us to get out again and in bigger numbers.” Brenda thanked all the volunteers and added that we plan to have a further event later in Spring.

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