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River Severn Erosion

Client: Sustrans

Location: River Severn

Service: Erosion Control

Project Outline:

A badly eroded path was threatening to undermine an adjacent cycle track. Sustrans needed a low-cost solution that wouldn't close the cycle track.

Using the naturally occurring silt in the River Severn to help with bank stabilisation

As the River Severn is heavily silt-laden, the obvious solution was to get the river to drop its silt along the bank, and thus, it would do the erosion control itself. This was achieved by installing live willow spiling along the bank.

A low-impact, cost effective and attractive solution: 

The bank was able to withstand complete submergence by high river levels within a few weeks’ of completion. Unlike other trees, willows can cope with being completely flooded in the winter and occasional flooding in the summer. 

The solution is low impact and much cheaper than a hard landscaping option. Installation was done quickly and with minimal disruption despite access being limited – this meant that the cycle path could stay open while works were underway. The spiling looks very attractive and is in keeping with the rest of the cycle path.

Services at JPR Environmental


We are experienced at creating well formed ecosystems with an aim of increasing biodiversity in an area.


We use multiply different methods for bank reconstruction and protection depending on project.


One of our core services involves designing, creating and maintaining wetland pond, lakes and reservoirs.


Enhancements is understanding that a location can house an environment and implementing it.


Desilting is the process of removing  silt, sludge and other materials that have deposited in the watercourse over time


Water treatment includes using reeds as part of the process in treating waste water and improving water treatment.

Habitat Creation

Erosion Control

Wetland Creation

Habitat Restoration


Water Treatment

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