Coir Pallets

We plant our Coir Pallets at a high density and grow on at the nurseryStandard Mix Pre-Established 2mx 1m Coir Pallet and 2m x1m Unplanted Coir PalletUnplanted and Pre-Established Coir PalletExcellent Rhizome growth on mature Pre-Established Phragmites Coir Pallet at Salix nurseryPurple Loosestrife flowering within Pre-Established Coir Pallets at Salix nurseryPre-Established Coir Pallets being installedCoir Rolls and Coir Pallets 3 months after being installed on siteOlympic ParkPre-Established Coir Pallets on Floating Raft
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Excellent Rhizome growth on mature Pre-Established Phragmites Coir Pallet at Salix nursery

Salix produce a wide range of pre-established Coir Pallets planted with high quality native plant species. Coir Pallets are composed from coir fibre which is a sustainable waste product from the husk of the coconut shell. We plant our pallets at a high density and grow on at the nursery to ensure that the vegetation is a dense and hardy cover.

Mature Coir Pallets are often used on water vole habitat creation projects where mature vegetation needs to be established rapidly.

Coir Pallets are available unplanted or pre-established with mature native wetland plants. Standard plant mixes are available from stock all year round or specialist mixes can be contract grown to order.

Coir Pallets can be an excellent technique for establishing native marginal vegetation around lake edges, streams and rivers banks.

We grow various native plant mixes and monocultures to suit most aquatic environments and can contract grow specific mixes and from local provenance seed if required.

A report, written by Rowenna Baker of Brighton University, concluded that areas with pre-established Coir Pallets provided excellent and immediate cover for Water Voles at our Medmerry Project.

Areas established from translocated vegetation and coir matting provided the most amount of cover at this time and was where the majority of water vole signs occurred.

By September 2014, the number of signs and distribution of water voles had increased in response to the increased cover provided by establishing vegetation.

The distribution of water voles was significantly influenced by the planting scheme with activity and breeding colonies favouring the translocated and coir matted areas.

Water Vole Distribution Sept 2014

Water Vole Distribution Sept 2014

The report also concluded:

The coir matting provided the highest species richness, as determined by the vegetation surveys carried out in autumn 2014, and has been consistently favoured by water voles.

As the plug planting establishes to provide greater cover, this has become increasingly favoured by water voles.

Many thanks to the report’s author, Rowenna Baker, The Environment Agency and Brighton University for allowing us to use their data and distribution maps.