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Aqua-Flora® products are ideal to create a nature-friendly bank quickly and as sustainable as possible. The basic material of which the Aqua-Flora® mats, rolls and Floatlands are made is coconut. The waterside plants and the wetland plants are pre-grown for an entire season in this material. Thanks to the different variants, we are able to offer a Building with Nature solution for every bank.
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Gabions are flexible metal-glass “boxes” filled with stone or another type of (frost-resistant) material. These gabions are an excellent and versatile construction material for (road and water) construction projects, technical nature conservation and non-residential construction. An additional advantage is that this product is robust, sustainable and maintenance-free.
“Innovatieprogramma Veen” – Individual plants in Nauerna
- Published on Friday 12 October 2018
Earlier this year we took part in a pilot project named “Innovatieprogramma Veen” [Innovation Programme Peat], in which we supplied and planted individual Aqua-Flora® plants.
With this programme, agricultural nature association Water, Land & Dijken [Water, Land & Dykes] and nature conservation organisation Landschap Noord-Holland [Noord-Holland Scenery] attempt to counteract subsidence in the peatland regions. Using a practical approach, founded on an economic basis for agriculture, new types of operational management are experimented with. Have a look at their website http://www.innovatieprogrammaveen.nl/
But why change the methods we have been using for centuries?
“The peatland regions are commonly used as grassland. Lowering surface water has always been a widespread method of making dairy farming viable and achieving production revenue. However, this means that particularly in the warmer months oxidation arises, resulting in the peat settling. This process has been going on since the Middle Ages and could go on until all peat has been ‘burned up’. Subsidence furthermore contributes to the emission of CO2 and it also has a negative effect on the water quality. In addition, the costs for management and maintenance of the water infrastructure are high.” In other words, bad for the environment! This has to change!
The next step in the process? The plants will need some time to grow into the desired size before they can be harvested and further processed. Typha latifolia and augustifolia turned out to be highly versatile plants! They can be turned into construction material, insulation, bio energy and even fodder.
The part that we worked on is not ready to be harvested yet, but below you will find footage of a project location where the harvest has already been brought in.