We’ve been busy in recent weeks and days gathering materials for use in the Garnock catchment to deliver green engineering projects for Garnock Connections. Today we delivered two sites on the Dusk Water.
The initiative is coordinated by the Garnock Connections Landscape Partnership, which is made up of RSPB Scotland (lead partner), North Ayrshire Council, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), NatureScot, and the Scottish Wildlife Trust, with Historic Environment Scotland (HES) acting as an advisory body.
Garnock Connections has been supported by a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
The aim of the project isn’t to solve all the problems that we encounter. The aim is to demonstrate a variety of techniques that can be used to reduce erosion and diffuse pollution. And through doing so improve water quality which will benefit fish and all other aquatic organisms. Water quality and habitat are fundamental to riverine ecology and work such as this will benefit all native species. And through doing so improve water quality which will benefit fish and all other aquatic organisms. Water quality and habitat are fundamental to riverine ecology and work such as this will benefit all native species.
We would like to thank Newhouse Farm for allowing us to deliver this valuable work on their ground.
For more information on Garnock Connections follow this link https://www.garnockconnections.org.uk

One of the sections of eroded banking we worked on today. With a sheer face and no vegetation to bind the loose, friable soil this was an ideal site for our work. Muir and Stuart get the materials organised to begin work.

A few hours later and this is the end result. A section of woven willow that will protect the river bank in future floods. Back filled with bundles of brash staked into the banking with willow rods this is a very secure mix of materials that will root and grow in years to come.

 

Work in progress, with a small group of people you would be surprised what can be achieved in an afternoon or morning. Collection and preperation of the materials prior to the installation day is crucial. We’ve been collecting willow and soaking the material to promote quick rooting. We’ve found details such as this increase the success of this work.

 

The team make progress quickly. For us this is enjoyable work and over the coming weeks we will be doing more for Garnock Connections.

 

A second site where the fence was in danger of being lost as the banking eroded. Brash bundles staked with willow rods should prevent further loss of banking here. Determining what technique offers the best chance of success will always be important but here we were hampered by overhead power lines which prevented the use of lots of willow. Willow can grow at a tremendous rate and the last thing we want is for our work to interfere with the local farms power supply!

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