Struan and I headed to a felled wood this afternoon to bundle some brash for the riverbank restoration project we are beginning on the Girvan shortly. The aim is to use brash bundles (faggots) to cut erosion and trap fine sediments leading to improved water quality and reduced diffuse pollution.

The trailer being filled with faggots

We will need several trailer loads of faggots so with it being dry this afternoon, we set to making a start. The sawhorse is 9′ long and we can make 10′ faggots on this easily (or any size from 3 -10′ as required). After constructing a few, we decided the 10′ bundles were useful but perhaps less manageable than those at 8′. I’m sure a range of sizes will be made and all will be used. These brash bundles are staked along eroding riverbanks to stabilise and prevent further collapse. With a few willow stakes or cuttings added, they will quickly become a living revetment trapping loads of silt thus helping to reduce diffuse pollution. The willow can be left out if not suitable for the area and instead we would just use hardwood stakes cut from the brash.

It’s a bit of a dying craft (making faggots) but we see these as a very useful technique for riverbank stabilisation and erosion control

There’s masses of brash at this wood and we could use as much as we can bundle

We have masses of brash available and other jobs where we’d like to use this method on the Ayr, Doon and possibly the Irvine too but could use some volunteer help to put these together, if anyone can spare the time? 2 of us managed a trailer load in an afternoon, just think what we could achieve with 3 or 4 helpers. Give us a call in you’re interested.

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