Client: Basingstoke Canal Trust
Erosion Control Project – 2006-7
Extensive works have been carried out in the last 20 years to make the once disused Basingstoke Canal navigable. The canal is bordered by SSSIs on some stretches and these works had reduced the potential habitats for some rare species, particularly damsel and dragon flies.
The aim of the project was to create lengths of marshy margins adjacent to a SSSI that would provide habitats for the species under threat.
200m of bank were reprofiled by installing willow spilling between 1 and 2 metres from the existing bank. The space was to be filled with dredging from the canal to a depth just below the mean water level to create a marshy bank.