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26 January 2023

Forest Waters project

Grid Ref SO 6362 0926


We were working with the Forest Water Project today doing the Riparian Zone Restoration plan. This means that we were planting about 200 willow sticks which will hopefully grow alongside the stream.

Riparian-zone restoration is the ecological restoration of riparian-zone habitats of streams, rivers, springs, lakes, floodplains, and other hydrologic ecologies. A riparian zone or riparian area is the interface between land and a river or stream.



This is the pile of Willow sticks we were about to plant

The best time for planting is from the middle of November until early April. The cuttings were about 25-30 cm (10-12 inches ) in length

The rangers were using the large tree blocks to cut a small wedge from the bottom of the Willow which is then pushed into the earth for about half the length of the stick. We dug a slip in the ground to insert the sticks.

Two of the team by the stream. We planted upwards of 200 Willow sticks alongside the stream during the day approximately 3 metres apart