Fascinating!

Blackbark are currently out making and installing fascines – 6ft long bundles of brash which are staked along the contour of eroding hillsides to stabilise the soil and encourage revegetation.

Claire and Keith hard at work bundling birch brash

Claire and Keith hard at work bundling birch brash

Fascines are also often staked along riverbanks to prevent erosion. On hillsides the wood in the fascines (and natural jute twine) eventually rots down, but by that time many plants will have established in the stable soil. It is their root systems which reduce soil erosion in the long term. We are doing this work for The Source project, an excellent partnership striving to improve the resilience of the Calder watershed.

Trailer filling up with fascines

Trailer filling up with fascines

We only use material which comes from our felling and management operations. This winter birch were felled at North Dean in West Vale and at Hardcastle Crags to make way for the planting of many hazel saplings. These will grow on to become top quality hazel coppice. Having a reason to clear away all the birch brash makes it a lot easier to plant trees!

Planting hazel at North Dean. Keith loves hazel. As you can see.

Planting hazel at North Dean. Keith loves hazel. As you can see.

For more info about fascines contact Keith on 07733 784795 or keith@blackbark.co.uk

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