In 2021 Salix were brought in to assist in improving the wetland habitat in Caerphilly Castle in south east Wales. One year on and what was a bare landscape, devoid of vegetation due to the large population of Canadian geese, is now a stunning, wildlife rich haven. We first visited the site in 2021 when … Continue reading Improving wetland habitat in Caerphilly Castle moat
Salix have developed a Coir Roll which is fully biodegradable, providing effective erosion control without the use of plastic nets.
Salix were involved in a recent river diversion on the River Beam in Hertfordshire, to improve hydromophological and ecological function.
Salix are a supplier of FlexMse: vegetated retaining wall system which can be installed on near vertical surfaces. Great for Retaining Walls, Bridge Abutments, Noise barriers,
Salix’s AquaRockBag is an ecologically sensitive method of erosion control. Working with natural processes to provide erosion control & habitat biodiversity
Salix co-authored in the first volume of Estuary Edges, having been involved in a significant number of projects within the tidal extent of the River Thames.
TerrAffix can be applied on next to any soil type, providing the necessary nutrients for rapid vegetation establishment on brown soils to aggregates.
Salix were principle contractors on the fantastic River Nairn Project This video tells the story of the river restoration project at the Aberarder Estate on the River Nairn, we worked with cbec UK, McGowan Ltd and Walking the Talk. The project has already profoundly improved the river for wildlife. We were delighted to be finalists … Continue reading Finalists in the RRC River Prize
Salix provide the perfect habitat for water voles. Within one section of the Scheme a new side road was to be constructed which had an impact on an existing watercourse, Covells Drain. Therefore, a new realignment channel of approximately 500 metres in length was constructed. Once the vegetation had become established within the new channel, … Continue reading 5 Star Water Vole Accommodation Ready to accept new Tenants
Salix proposed a river enhancement design with the main aim of increasing base flow, reducing low flows and narrowing the channel using vegetated wet berms of varying widths, locally sourced coarse wood deﬂectors and vegetation to be used both marginally and within the channel itself.
We are always delighted to see how sites we’ve been involved with look after a year or two, and Woodberry Wetlands has been great to see develop. As part of the Woodberry Wetlands project, Salix have dredged silt from the reservoir to create 13,000 square metres of new reedbed, more than doubling this important habitat … Continue reading Dawn Chorus at Woodberry Wetlands
This large roadside project involved creating 28km of green engineered roadside swales on 14km of dual carriageway.
Six weeks after treatment we had significant plant growth on Type-1 aggregate. Zero soil. No imported topsoil or subsoil. Simply Type 1 fill material.
There may not be a Mr Blonde or Mr Pink on the scene, but there are plenty of Mr Orange with our specialist Salix team. Embankment protection was required together with crest road enhancement. Padraig McCormack the Construction Manager for MWH Global said: Takeover from Thames water went extremely well and we have no snags … Continue reading Reservoir Dogs
In 2017 we were commissioned by Aspire Defence for our specialist knowledge in erosion control. A large scale series of SuDS, detention basins, spillways and outlets are being constructed by Dyer & Butler for the British Army. The Rock Mattresses will also prevent scour within the hydraulic jump zone of the spillway. The spillways within … Continue reading SuDS Scour Aprons & Spillways – The New Sensitive Approach
Staff at Exeter Flood Defence Project were delighted when within a few weeks mullet were feeding at the base of the erosion control Rock Mattresses.
The Environment Agency commissioned our erosion products on the tidal River Crouch. Inter tidal rivers are notably difficult to manage, our Rock Mattresses, Rock Rolls and Brushwood Fascines have been proven in the toughest of environments.
Two hectares of wetland habitat were created using silt pumped from the main reservoir as part of conservation work to help this London nature reserve
Rock Rolls and pre-planted Coir Rolls & Pallets were used to prevent erosion whilst creating a lovely habitat in Sheffield City centre where a culverted stream had been flash flooding
Urban wetland is finalist for best Lottery funded project Over the last few years Salix have had the pleasure of constructing a number of London Wildlife Trust projects. Woodberry Wetlands is certainly a stunning testament to wildlife and the local people who have been involved creating it. We worked closely with London Wildlife Trust to … Continue reading Woodberry Wetlands is National Lottery Finalist
Salix’s Rock Mattresses, Coir Rolls & Coir Pallets are being used on the Exeter FAS Scheme enhancing wildlife habitats whilst giving cost effective erosion control.
Back in 2016 the RHS at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show used our Coir Rolls in a very novel way indeed. Whilst creating a Butterfly Dome exhibit they wanted to use a natural material to create the raised beds.
Opportunities to improve habitats for wildlife in Norfolk have paid off resulting in a biodiversity boom. Further work promises even more exciting habitat gains for wildlife in wetlands.
Creating habitats in a flood protection project with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust & Environment Agency at Snaith Ponds, using our Coir Pallets & native plants
Creating a green roof on a 43° pitch using our HydraCX and native wildflower seed
Rock Rolls and VMax C350 provide ecological erosion control at Yeovil Junction, protecting the railway from undercutting by the River Yoe
VMax C350 & Eronet are used on this hydro project to protect the inlet channel and surrounding soils from erosion, working with nature for natural solutions
The decision was made to use Rock Rolls & Rock Mattresses at this residential flood alleviation scheme because of ease, cost and environmental benefits
Contractors, Consultants and Researchers are praising our Rock Rolls and Rock Mattresses for their proven ability to offer sustainable cost effective solutions to more traditional hard engineering such as concrete, rip rap, gabions and blockstone.
In 2009 Team Van Oord installed 9000m2 of Salix’s VMax Shear Stress Turf as part of the Conwy Flood Alleviation Scheme, seven years and many major overtopping events on and it has stood the test well.
Our Coir Rolls are superb at erosion control and they are also brilliant for wildlife. Wildlife such as Water Voles benefit enormously from the immediate cover that the mature plants provide and also from the carefully thought out planting.
As part of its work to help develop the new European-funded Cleanleach leachate purification system, Salix River & Wetlands Services is attending the HTA’s Plant Health Conference at National Agri-Food Innovation Campus, York Feb 2016
The latest stage of the transformation of Walthamstow Wetlands into the largest wetland nature reserve in London will see the creation of new reedbeds to help preserve water quality and improve wildlife habitats. The wetlands site will remain one of Thames Water’s biggest sources of supply for London’s drinking water and is the largest fishery … Continue reading Water works at Walthamstow Wetlands
Bridging the ecological and engineering gap with our effective bio-engineering solutions
Innovative spider machine helps restore wildlife habitats on the River Washburn. Yorkshire Water’s trial works to improve the quality of the river environment downstream of Swinsty reservoir is now well underway.
Rock Rolls offer flexibility and the fact they arrive on site pre-filled with stone greatly reduces installation time and therefore cost, compared to in-situ filled gabions. Rock rolls and mattresses can also be installed during live flow situations, which is not possible with standard gabions.
Tensar VMax P550 is designed for use as erosion control on steep slopes, high-flow channels, spillways, and shorelines.
With funding from the Welsh Government’s Nature Fund, we supported Rhondda Cynon Taf Council in taking steps to naturalise one of the concrete channels which brings water down from the mountains at Cwmparc, in order to slow the flow of water, reduce flood risk and improve wildlife habitats. If successful, the measures introduced in this … Continue reading Slowing the flow at Cwmparc
Wildlife gardening on a colossal scale, The Guardian admires our Woodberry Wetlands work. Desilting large areas of the old reservoirs to create new reedbeds.
HydraCX has been applied to a landfill site in Ebbw Vale. The liner system isolates the landfill contents from the environment therefore protecting the soil and ground water from pollution.
As a core element of our work is focussed upon healthy rivers we are proud to be supporting the fantastic River Restoration Centre’s Conference this month.
We have started pump dredging/desilting at Woodberry Wetlands in East London, creating new reed beds and islands. Our desilting work uses an amphibious machine…
Salix is helping the London Wildlife Trust to create a new nature reserve on the site of Thames Water’s East Reservoir in Stoke Newington.
We were very fortunate to appear in this month’s CIWEM The Environment Magazine with regards to our work on the Olympic Park Wetlands – the largest ever bioengineering project undertaken in Britain. Read all about it in the PDF below or download the article here. null
An exciting opportunity exists for a commercial manager with a civils background to join the Salix team in the continuing growth of this successful innovative business.
The South Downs National Park Authority has commissioned Salix to help create a wildlife haven on the South Pond, at the edge of Midhurst town centre in West Sussex. The large 800-year old pond, which has a 270-metre perimeter and two small islands, had been suffering from pollution and heavy siltation.
Salix has worked with Aberdeen City Council, cbec and Walking-the-Talk to restore the East Tullos Burn in St Fittick’s Park, Torry, transforming it from a straight, hard-engineered channel into a more natural stream with a meandering course, functional floodplain and improved wetland habitats. Following consultation with the local community and stakeholders, the burn’s restoration design … Continue reading New wetland habitats at East Tullos Burn
Salix has installed the new Cleanleach leachate purfication system at its 20-acre Croxton Park nursery in the Thetford Forest, as part of a European research project. The revolutionary system, which allows nurseries to treat and then recycle the leachates from their irrigation systems, has been developed in Spain by IRTA, the Spanish Government food and … Continue reading Salix helps make container plant production more sustainable
The £21.7 million flood defence scheme involves works on 16 individual reaches of the River Stour and will reduce the risk of tidal flooding to 488 homes and 94 commercial properties in Sandwich. Client – Jackson Civil Engineering working on behalf of the Environment Agency. VMax C350 was the product required in order to prevent … Continue reading Sandwich Flood Alleviation Scheme
We are delighted to report that Balfour Beatty have included our Eronet C125 and VMax C350 erosion control solutions and our Rock Mattresses in their Innovation Sheets. Rock Mattress installation August 2012 Importantly, the use of these two erosion control mats are recognised as improving on existing systems due to their lightweight, easy to handle … Continue reading Balfour Beatty endorse Salix’s erosion control solutions
The continued partnership between Salix and Tensar® is strengthened with the re-introduction into the UK of the Triton Marine Mattress System and the Triton Gabions and Gabion Mats.
As part of a programme of wildlife habitat improvements in the Royal Parks, Salix have been awarded a contract to create large floating wetland islands on the Serpentine Lake in London’s Hyde Park. Salix will install 50 x 3.5 metre islands in the southern lake to clean the lake’s water naturally by creating an area … Continue reading Royal Parks, Serpentine Lake
The River Washford runs through the village of Roadwater near Minehead, Somerset. The catchment creates a flashy river which floods parts of the village in large flood events. The increasing frequency of flood events required the existing system to be replaced and improved. The new bank protection provided a robust toe and a reinforced turf … Continue reading Roadwater Erosion Protection
Medmerry is one of the stretches of coastline most at risk of flooding in southern England. The overall scheme involves building major new sea defences inland and allowing a new intertidal area to form between Selsey and Bracklesham in West Sussex. Salix, working as a specialist sub contractor and supplier to Team Van Oord, have … Continue reading Medmerry Realignment Scheme
Wetlands are an incredibly valuable environment, both to nature and wider society; BioHaven can offer all of the ecosystem services of a healthy functioning wetland but can be placed in an area where it would be impossible to put a constructed or conventional wetland.
Tenth Anniversary of Salix’s Project on The River Dulais, Rhosmaen, Llandeilo. Salix’s River Dulais project demonstrating the use of large woody debris (LWD) is now ten years old and we are delighted to announce that this ground breaking project has been included in the River Restoration Centre (RRC) Manual of Techniques. A comprehensive PDF can … Continue reading 10th Anniversary River Dulais Project
Rock Rolls are a robust, flexible and permanent revetment for use around reservoirs, shorelines, lake edges, streams and river banks. They are environmentally sensitive, cost-effective revetments that are suitable alternatives to rock riprap and gabions in many scour applications. Rock Rolls are delivered pre-filled to site, typically in 2m x 0.3m tubes of stone held … Continue reading Rock’n’Roll!
Salix are pleased to announce that We have been appointed as the sole distributors of the VMax® range of soil erosion control products formerly known as North American Green. Salix will now be able to offer the world’s highest performing range of Composite Turf Reinforcement Mats – VMax C350, SC250 and P550. These soil erosion control … Continue reading Salix appointed Sole UK Distributor for VMax Soil Erosion Range
The River Teme is a sensitive SSSI and SAC river and over 150 metres of severe bank erosion was threatening a National Grid pipeline. Salix were the lead Design and Build Contractor offering a hybrid bank protection solution. The toe of the eroded bank was stabilised with a graded riprap below average water level and … Continue reading Tough Test on The Teme
Richmond Royal Parks is a walkover for Salix and Sir David Attenborough’s Volunteers. In our last newsletter and in the piece On Her Majesty’s Service we featured the start of our works at Richmond Royal Parks, and now that the project is complete we are pleased to include here a few images to illustrate the … Continue reading Under The Boardwalk
The Environment Agency are responsible for the river bank stability at Railway Lane, Lewes and recognising the integrity of the existing blockwork facing was deteriorating began to look into solutions to this challenge.
We are delighted to finally unveil our role in making the Olympic Park a reality, from our initial involvement way back in 2008, right through to the closing ceremony last year. All of us here at Salix are very proud to have worked to deliver perhaps the greatest sporting venue ever seen in modern Britain. … Continue reading Olympic Odyssey for Salix
Salix have extensive experience of spillway protection offering advice to engineers involved in this area of expertise. Our VMax range of Composite Turf Reinforcement Mats (CTRMs) including VMax C350, VMax P550 and ready grown turf Shear Stress Turf are products available exclusively from Salix as sole UK distributors. Approved by panel engineers working under the … Continue reading Spillways Surge Ahead!
The River Rhiw, Mid Wales was the scene of some rapid intervention by Salix’s Specialist Contracting team lead by Technical Director,David Holland. Our client Wales and West Utilities were faced with a significant challenge in dealing with severe riverbank erosion caused by this powerful tributary of the River Severn. The reach downstream of Berriew is … Continue reading Rescuing the River Rhiw
The current harsh winter conditions have frozen our 20 acre constructed wetbeds at our own nursery in Norfolk. A blanket of snow and ice has completely covered our pre-established coir rolls and coir pallets – yet this does not present us with a problem as growing all our coir products outside creates very hardy, mature wetland … Continue reading Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!
Rail works have become an increasingly large part of our workload, particulary now that we have a Specialist Contracting capability. In helping to re-model railways across the UK we have been met with some unusual challenges both in terms of the erosion problems themselves and the attendant access and safe working method issues. No longer … Continue reading Salix Model Railways
Promoting the use of “soft engineering” solutions has long been a central plank in our message, and we are delighted that this approach is now being adopted increasingly widely, the latest example is in our work with The Environment Agency (EA). To have an opportunity to share knowledge and experience with key EA staff in … Continue reading Water Framework Directive – Salix chosen as Environment Agency training partner.
Work has commenced at one of our most prestigious locations to date – The Royal Parks. We have been appointed as a result of being able to demonstrate our experience in working in environmentally sensitive areas whilst employing our own specialist staff and machinery to minimise the impact of our works. Watercourse and pond works across … Continue reading On Her Majesty’s Service…
Flood Embankment Protection Catterall, Garstang – Salix win the contract! Salix are providing a supply and installation package for framework contractor Cheetham Hill as part of the Environment Agency Flood Protection Works. Photo shows our in- house specialist labour installing Coir Rolls, Rock Rolls and VMax C350 to protect newly re-graded flood banks.
We have been working hard on the River Tywi project and thanks to the efforts of our Site Agent Rhodri Henry (above image, on the right) work has progressed well in spite of all that Mother Nature could throw at us! Below is a letter from the client after our works were completed that we … Continue reading Rhodri Tames The Tywi!
In our previous news item about the emergence of Water Voles at our project in Soham we promised an update on the progress of “Alix” ( the first Water Vole we spotted at the completed scheme) and others of his species. Below is an extract from an Environment Agency field report on how this habitat … Continue reading Alix in Wonderland Update
Salix successfully tendered for a project to form a backwater and island in a field adjacent to the Grand Union Canal. The aim was to restore a wetland area on the banks of the canal for the benefit of wildlife and the fishery. Leaf matter and sediment was removed to create on-line ponds of variable … Continue reading Habitat Creation Scores In Independent Report
Worden Park channel stabilisation work “Following works within Worden Park to remove a culverted section of Cricket Field Brook that was the cause of flooding to neighbouring residential properties, a long term solution was required to re-landscape and stabilise the channel and establish new vegetation in the watercourse. The solution had to address rapid bank … Continue reading A Few Words From A Satisfied Client..
We are pleased to announce the opening of our new Midlands Office during October 2012, this office has been opened specifically to provide a base for our specialist contracting service in response to the continued demand from clients. This is an exciting development for us and provides stronger geographic coverage combined with our offices in … Continue reading New Salix Midlands Office Opens
Salix now have our own Willow coppice site in west Wales working with a community interest group, Pembroke 21c, that helps disadvantaged youngsters. Pembroke 21c also provides a hub for community activities, develops confidence and skills and aims to reduce the local community’s impact on the environment. Salix’s own Willow Coppice site No “biomass” willow … Continue reading Preparing our own Woodland for Coppicing
Salix River and Wetlands Ltd provide sustainable, ecologically sound answers to the challenges found in soil and riverbank erosion, inland dredging, water based civil engineering, wetlands and habitat creation projects across the UK. Utilising innovative bioengineering solutions, allied with our capabilities in more traditional civil engineering techniques, we aim to build with nature in delivering … Continue reading Salix- Building With Nature
Salix’s Richard Edwards has enrolled on a course to learn more about the water vole and its habitat. The course will look at water vole biology and history, the capture and care of water voles and how to handle the animal safely. Further study areas will discuss how receptor sites are designed, develop a handbook … Continue reading Study Time
Over 560m of perched channel in Soham, Cambs was leaking and needed repair. The reach was populated by water vole so a sensitive approach was required in order to create a new habitat as soon as possible. Salix offered a design and build solution that addressed all the ecological and engineering concerns, and were pleased … Continue reading Alix in Wonderland
Salix Technical Director David Holland was lucky enough to get a last minute ticket for Super Saturday and Team GB’s amazing three Athletic medals. The visit also gave David the opportunity to check out the progress of the 2 hectares of new wetland habitat that have been created.
The saying “a picture paints a thousand words” could not be more accurately applied than to a current Salix erosion control solution at the University of Birmingham. The dreadful summer weather created the following story in the words of our client:
Client – Wales & West Utilities Salix have been awarded a design and build contract on the River Tywi in Carmarthen. Various bioengineering techniques will be utilised for the SSSI and SAC site. A high pressure gas main is being threatened by riverbank erosion and Salix have been appointed to come up with a sustainable … Continue reading Salix on the River Tywi
Client – Van Oord working for the Environment Agency. Salix are currently working on the Medmerry managed realignment scheme, creating new water vole habitats and reedbeds. We are establishing habitat using vegetation translocation from existing habitats and installing mature coir pallets and wetland planting. More information is available on the Environment Agency website
Client – Environment Agency Pilot scheme for catchment restoration of the River Ecclesbourne, that forms part of the Water Framework Directive aim to return rivers to good ecological status. The original back channel was restored and a weir removed. The mill race was re profiled and a two stage channel cut to maintain low flows … Continue reading River Ecclesbourne
“Going for Green – Britain’s 2012 Dream” tells the amazing story of the 2012 Olympic Park build. Find out about the construction of the Olympic Park on this video and how Salix was involved.
Last week saw BBC TV’s Countryfile programme film Salix’s willow revetment techniques on the River Wye at Symonds Yat. Presenter Ellie Harrison, Salix’s Rhodri Henry and Richard Edwards undertook the task of planting live willow to address riverbank erosion, whilst Salix Technical Director David Holland talked to camera about the techniques suitability and application on the … Continue reading BBC Countryfile and Salix on the River Wye
Movember the tache strikes back As “Movember” drew to a close, this is what our hairy duo were sporting! We think Richard’s tache (left of photo) has the edge on David’s lip caterpillar – bring on the next Movember to see if the boys can better this years growth!
Normally speaking, David Holland and Richard Edwards of Salix are engaged in growing vegetation to prevent soil erosion, but this month they have begun growing moustaches in support of the worldwide Movember charity movement. The guys have started well as evidenced by this picture, and at the end of the month we will post the new … Continue reading Movember-David and Rich grow one for charity!
Salix Building With Nature Salix River and Wetlands Ltd has expanded its UK operations to include Clearwater Environmental Contracting Ltd in order to strengthen its specialist dredging and wetlands contracting services. Salix Technical Director David Holland said; “We have always been conscious of the potential for conflict between sustainable, ecologically sound solutions and the sometimes … Continue reading Building with Nature