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Can willow spiling help to reinstate the river bank next to a house?


Erosion control using willow in a private garden

If 20m of river bank had washed away in the floods of 2007 just a few metres from your house, you would be understandably worried. Our client was very concerned that the encroachment would continue and was looking for a solution that could be used in an inaccessible area and wouldn't cost the earth.

Stone gabions might be an obvious solution but would have cost in excess of £50,000 and involved the use of heavy machinery over the drive and front garden.

We drew up plans for the works proposed and got consent from the Environment Agency. The affected area was cleared and three tiers of willow spiling were installed with the area behind each tier being backfilled to allow the willow to root.

The work was undertaken for about 20% of the cost of gabions and there was no damage to the client's drive or garden during installation. Take a look at the picture which shows the growth after just one year - all those willow roots are doing the job of binding the bank together to protect it against future flooding.

Call us on 01453 822584 or email us with your erosion control enquiry

  Willow spiling erosion control solution domestic river bank
  The erosion along the River Chelt, next to the client's house

Willow spiling installed in tiers along a riverbank in a domestic garden

  Willow spiling installed in 3 tiers and backfilled with soil
  Willow spiling in a domestic setting growing after the first season
  Willow spiling growing after the first season

We can assess your erosion control problem, often from photos emailed to us, and provide advice on solutions. We offer willow spiling, pre-planted coir rolls, combined solutions and river engineering. We can also deal with Environment Agency licences for work on watercourses if applicable.

Call us on 01453 822584 or email us with your erosion control enquiry

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