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Planting of helmet, 1896.
Hemet, with its long roots, is the most important plant in sand drift prevention.
Many places through time have tried to prevent sand drift with fences, wattle etc, but it was first in 1792 that an effective fight against sand drift was organised throughout the country.  By that time sand drift had ravaged for nearly 300 years.

Helmet was the most important means in the fight against the sand, since it tolerates drought, wind and drifting sand.  It also has long roots that bind the sand.
In the beginning seeds were sown, later planting was employed.  The work, up until 1867, was carried out as unpaid compulsory labour by the residents of the areas.  Later the work gave the people living on the cliff a badly needed income.
In addition to planting helmet, other means were also used to prevent sand drift, for example the setting up of wattle (pine branches), and the covering of the sand flats with heather, turf and clay.
Newly planted helmet in rows.
Try saving the lighthouse from being sanded over.
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Try saving the village from the raging sand.
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