Soil Erosion

Soil should not simply be viewed as a “growing medium”, but a unique habitat, containing whole and fragmented ecosystems which are dynamic and evolve over time.

Land disturbance and construction activities can expose this valuable resource, resulting in irreversible damage and difficulty in establishing vegetation. In the context of the Water Framework Directive, sediment release into water courses is unacceptable as fine sediment is devastating to aquatic ecosystems.

Salix undertake erosion and sediment control works throughout the UK and can advise on the most suitable techniques and materials. We can also advise on suitable vegetation for each specific soil type


Rapidly established growth using HydraCX just below the railway line

Erosion Management on Railway Embankment

Salix were brought in as specialist experts in erosion management at an embankment in Rodbourne.

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Spraying HydraCX at Silent Valley

Silent Valley Erosion Control

HydraCX™ was applied to 125,000m2 of poor, erosion prone soil at a large landfill site in Ebbw Vale, South Wales. HydraCX is a hydraulically applied erosion con…

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M25 Road Widening

Salix were tasked with greening up a 45 degree slope consisting of 6F2 fill. The initial design was a covering of 150mm of topsoil over an area of about 8,000m2…

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Kingsbury Tamworth Rail Line

Salix applied HydraCX in September 2009 to slopes consisting of 6I/J fill material with no imported topsoil covering the surface. The project was monitored each…

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Ramsden Bellhouse Embankment

Ramsden Bellhouse

A series of potentially dangerous deep seated failures on a railway embankment required treatment to prevent further slips. The geotechnical issues of ground st…

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Chipping Campden Rail

HydraCX was sprayed onto 5,500m2 of re graded rail embankments to prevent erosion and establish vegetation rapidly without importing expensive topsoil. HydraCX…

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Pewsey Rail Embankment

A rail embankment had slipped and was reinstated with soil nails providing geotechnical stability. Birse created working platforms with imported stone and then…

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Dan Y Lan Landfill Slip

The finished slope was 36 degrees, 40 metres in height and 60m wide. 250mm depth of topsoil was required, rather than the nominal 50-75mm, as cover for marginal…

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