If people have problems with eroding banks next to rivers and streams, live willow spiling installation could be the solution. This low cost method of erosion control often works in areas that are not so easily accessible for either large machinery or where it would be difficult to transport hard landscaping materials. If concrete piling or stone gabions are not an option and a gentler, cheaper solution which is better for local biodiversity is required, then live willow spiling could be perfect.
Working on the Steart Marshes has been one of our favourite projects this year. We have enjoyed helping The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust turn hundreds of hectares of the Steart Peninsual into both freshwater and saltwater wetlands. These will become much-needed habitat for wading birds and wildfowl as well as rarer wetland species. Follow this link from The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust to find out more:http://steart.wwt.org.uk/