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The Avenue, Erosion Control & Habitat Creation Within SuDS on Old Contaminated Land

Eronet c125 will ensure that the soil behind the Coir Rolls and Pallets does not get washed away whilst plants establish

Salix have been appointed as specialist contractors to deal with the erosion control and habitat creation within a SuDS for a mix of housing and business parks at The Avenue

Leachate Recycling at HTA Conference

Cleanleach demonstration

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

Woodberry in the Guardian

Woodberry Wetlands desilting work

Wildlife gardening on a colossal scale, The Guardian admires our Woodberry Wetlands work. Desilting large areas of the old reservoirs to create new reedbeds.

Salix to showcase innovative phosphorus removal techniques

Phosphorus is one of the most common parameters causing a watercourse to fail water quality standards set out under the Water Framework Directive. 

Naturalising a Stream: Bedlinog

Salix reviewed the options for improving water control and biodiversity at Nant Llwynog stream – an old reclaimed tip site close to the village of Bedlinog in the Taff Bargoed Valley.

Native pond plants supplied for new pond

Salix has helped The Norfolk Hospice create a new pond at its new residential facility in Hillington. As well as providing hundreds of native pond plants, staff from its nursery at Croxton Park helped Hospice volunteers to plant them in December. David Holland, Technical Director for Salix, explains: “We were delighted to be able to … Continue reading Native pond plants supplied for new pond »

Salix Rock Rolls Protect Titchwell Marsh

Titchwell Marshes Rock Rolls close up

As part of a series of measures to protect the freshwater habitats at Titchwell Marsh Nature Reserve on the north Norfolk coast, Salix has supplied the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) 2,000 metres of Rock Rolls. Jim Scott, Site Manager for the RSPB’s North West Norfolk Reserves, explains: “Thankfully, as a result … Continue reading Salix Rock Rolls Protect Titchwell Marsh »

Salix helps make container plant production more sustainable

Plant species grown in coir mats

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 »

Salix is now Europe’s largest producer of coir fibre rolls

Working directly with ethical, organic and sustainable suppliers in Sri Lanka, each year Salix imports hundreds of tonnes of compressed coir fibres and turns them into Coir Rolls and Pallets at its Thetford nursery in Norfolk. Salix is the only UK manufacturer and Europe’s largest producer of pre-established coir fibre rolls, producing thousands of metres … Continue reading Salix is now Europe’s largest producer of coir fibre rolls »

Balfour Beatty endorse Salix’s erosion control solutions

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 »

BioHaven Innovation


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.


Rock rolls arrive in bundles with certified lifting straps

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 appointed Sole UK Distributor for VMax Soil Erosion Range


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 »

Olympic Odyssey for Salix

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 »

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

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! »

Salix Model Railways

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 »

Water Framework Directive – Salix chosen as Environment Agency training partner.

Water Framework Directive- Salix chosen as Environment Agency training partner

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. »

On Her Majesty’s Service…

Beginning the reed bed creation at Pens Pond, Isabella Plantation, Richmond Park on behalf of the royal parks

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… »

Stop Press!

Flood Embankment Protection Caterrall Stop Press

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.

Habitat Creation Scores In Independent Report

Completed site with new wetland planting

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 »

A Few Words From A Satisfied Client..


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.. »

Preparing our own Woodland for Coppicing


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- Building With Nature

River Derwen - building with nature

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 »

Alix in Wonderland


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 »

Going for Gold

Olympic swimmer

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. 

BBC Countryfile and Salix on the River Wye

Salix on BBC Countryfile

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 »

And the winner is..

Richard and David in Movember competition

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!

Building with Nature

Building with nature

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 »