When a flashy stream was unearthed in Sheffield Salix were brought in as specialist experts in erosion management by the Wild Trout Trust. The Porter Brook was subject to regular flooding, if it rained on the Peaks then the city centre would flood.
When a flashy stream which caused flooding was unearthed in Sheffield, Salix were brought in as specialist experts in erosion management by the Wild Trout Trust.
A council owned car park in the heart of Sheffield had a magical transformation as it was turned into an urban green space.
The Porter Brook had been subject to regular flooding. If it rained on the Peaks then the city centre would flood. There was a significant problem with flooding at the point where the site was culverted. The solution was to open up the water course and turn the area into an urban park.
Salix advised on the use of Rock Rolls and our pre-established Coir Rolls and Pallets.
The right product means a win for wildlife and people.
The narrow confines of the site meant that it would always be difficult to establish planting. However, the combination of Rock Rolls being used as a revetment alongside the pre-planted Coir has resulted in rapid establishment of native plants whilst preventing any erosion.
The site has now become a pleasant amenity which has given the city centre flood resilience.
Wildlife has also returned to the stream, as the Rock Rolls and vegetation provide the shelter that invertebrates and fish require to breed. It is unlikely that the trout would have used this stretch of river when it was still culverted.
After just two years, regular monitoring has noted an increase in invertebrates and signs that trout are breeding again in the area.
This project was also the 2016 Winner in the Canal & Rivers Trust for “Contribution to the Built Environment”
Images Wild Trout Trust
We invited Salix to re-landscape the watercourse through a design and build project. The works to the watercourse were completed within two weeks of starting on site and, despite a number of prolonged heavy rain events both during and after the works, the pre-established coir rolls and pallets all began putting on new growth within a matter of days providing the watercourse with instant channel vegetation and protection to the toe of the banks. The VMax reinforcement used to stabilise the slopes has also prevented any erosion to the sandy soil beneath and has allowed the rapid establishment of grass which wouldn’t have otherwise been possible.South Ribble Council
We used HydraCX for the first time on a Network Rail project in Chipping Campden. We wanted to establish vegetation growth as quickly as possible on a slope with poor ground conditions without the need for importing topsoil due to possession time constraints. HydraCX provided an excellent growing medium for rapid germination.Carillion Rail
We have worked with Salix on a number of projects throughout East Anglia over the last 6 years, and we have always found them to be highly professional and competent. We have used their services as suppliers of quality wetland plants, with a traceable provenance, and as contractors to both supply and plant the wetland plants. In addition we have always relied on the technical advice and knowledge of David Holland, in particular, to help answer queries from our clients regarding wetland planting schemes we have been involved in, this is an added value part of their service, for which we are grateful.UPM Tilhill
Your staff are always friendly, knowledgeable and helpful and we have always been pleased with the service and the quality of the wetland plants and planting services. Technical knowledge on erosion control is also excellent. Keep up the good work!Living Water Ecosystems Ltd
Atkins has worked with Salix on a number of projects, collaborating on design concept, trialling and implementation. We have found their experience valuable in delivering cost effective and environmentally functional solutions.Atkins
HydraCX gave an immediate impression the embankment was grassed, making it more visually pleasing to our travelling customers. The rapidity of grass growth was exceptional and it added additional strength to the slope surface.Network Rail
Excellent overall performance – very approachable and offered a good sustainable solutions to rectify a significant erosion scour to the river foreshore without comprising the existing flood defence. Carried out work to agreed timescale and budget. Certainly would value their future input.Environment Agency, Leeds