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We provide willow spiling installation services

Willow spiling is one of the oldest forms of natural erosion control along streams and riverbanks.  We can supply and install willow rods and willow stakes into your bank.  

The best time to carry out live willow spiling work is between December and April when the willow is not in leaf.

Quantities: for spiling, 1 willow stake is recommended every 0.5m and 1.5 bundles of live willow rods will cover around 1 square metre of spiling. Stake length should be the required height of the spiling plus 1m (to go into the ground). Generally, the thicker stakes (80-100mm diameter) are recommended but the thinner ones (50-80mm diameter) could be used for lower spiling heights (i.e. less than 1m). Willow roots will withstand being 10/30cm under water and the occasional complete flooding in the year.

“Call us on 01453 708804 or email us  for prices for willow spiling installation”

Live willow stakes come in the following sizes:

  • 80-100mm diameter, 2m length
  • 80-100mm diameter, 1m length
  • 50-80mm diameter, 2m length
  • 50-80mm diameter, 1m length

Live willow bundles are c. 250-300mm diameter at the base and 6 to 9′ in length.

We no longer provide willow spiling materials for supply only.

“Call us on 01453 822584 or email us  with your willow spiling enquiry”

There are a few considerations to bear in mind when before using willow spiling to prevent water erosion:

Willow will not grow below the late spring/early summer water level – for erosion problems below this level a combined solution may be required. This could include the use of stones or hazel faggots to reduce wave buffeting.

Willow does not grown well in shade. Existing trees may require coppicing before spiling is carried out.

The watercourse needs to be large enough so that the willow will not dominate. Using live willow on small streams may not be suitable.

Try our checklist to find out if willow spiling is for you.

Willow spiling prices