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live Willow support systems

RML Bioengineering designs and constructs live willow support systems. These systems are introduced when the feasibility of conventional engineering works are ruled out on grounds of environmental impact and cost.

RML have long established expertise in bio-engineering and were responsible for the CIRIA report on "The Use of Vegetation in Civil Engineering". The benefits of a live willow support system over a conventional heavy engineering solution are:

  • No heavy plant needed
  • Difficult access is not a problem.
  • A green solution, ideal for environmentally sensitive areas
  • A soft solution, designed to blend in with the surrounding environment
  • Rapid installation
  • Economical
  • Varying length management programmes to match client resources and needs
  • Generally very well accepted with the Environment Agency and bodies such as the Countryside Council for Wales.

RML’s staff include experienced engineers, aboriculturalists, vegetation managers and ecologists.

RML have already carried out a wide range of bioengineering schemes to stabilise banks alongside roads, rivers, coastal margins and private property.

Projects are widely spread across England and Wales. Clients have been drawn from both Public and Private sectors. At our own research centre, established at Llysfasi College, we deepen our knowledge and refine our techniques into the use of vegetation in construction.

Willow terracing garden stabilisation River bank stabilisation Roadside stabilisation
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