Fortifying fascines – what are they?

Windermere’s disappearing reed beds are the inspiration for our Restore the Shore Project. Having completed surveying work to find out just what’s left and taking down selected trees to let light onto the reedbeds South Cumbria Rivers Trust have been busy creating fascines, or large bundles of branches and twigs, to protect the reeds from the wash from passing boats. The trimmings left after coppicing trees are ideal for this so they’re even recycled! A work party of volunteers learnt how to make them at Haybridge Nature Reserve this March. Warm work on a chilly day!  

Based on article written by Alison Ewin our volunteer Roving Reporter

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