Wire Gabion Baskets
Wire gabion baskets serve a range of purposes in Kingcombe Aquacare’s water feature maintenance and engineering projects.
Firstly, they can serve their normal engineering purpose, conveniently combining structural weight with scour protection at the toe of embankments. The cages are delivered flatpacked, so they can be easily manhandled on site, constructed and placed in position. Depending on the nature of the soil, they rarely require prepared footings.
Fill materials range from carefully hand-placed gabion stone, which creates a finish akin to a dry stone wall, to random-filled crushed concrete. In water, this stone fill quickly becomes colonised by a range of invertebrate life, crayfish etc.
Secondly, Kingcombe Aquacare have developed the use of wire gabion baskets to encourage aquatic plants to grow in otherwise inappropriate situations. The baskets are three-quarters filled with stone and then topped with coir matting, just below top water level. The marginal plants are then planted direct into the coir. The plants take all the nutrients they need from the water, thereby reducing available nutrients for algal blooms, whilst their roots force down through the coir into the stone fill, which makes them difficult for wildfowl to remove once established.
Thirdly, Kingcombe Aquacare use wire gabion baskets to house barley straw as algal inhibitors in locations where they can be topped up on a regular basis, thereby minimising on-going maintenance costs. This is another example of Kingcombe’s staff applying their profound experience of both water engineering and environmental issues to provide our clients with a cost-effective solution to a common aquatic problem.