Pre-planted coir rolls for ponds
If you use a plastic or butyl liner for a new pond you will be faced with a problem when planting - your plants will have no growing medium. You can improvise or use baskets, but a much more elegant solution is to use pre-planted coir matting rolls or mats. Pre-planted with mixed native plants at 10 plants per metre, these rolls will jump start your pond, as the plants are already well established when they arrive. They can be positioned with stones or pegs/stakes on the sloping sides of the pond or on a shelf, where the coir will gradually just rot away. We can supply special Sweet Chestnut stakes on request.
The coir itself is imported from Sri Lanka, where it's a by-product from coconut production. It's organically and sustainably produced. It arrives here as highly compressed fibre, which massively reduces shipping volume, and the rolls are made by our suppliers. The coir takes 5 - 10 years to biodegrade, which is ideal. It's inert and pH neutral, and kept in place in a polypropylene net - we are working with the nursery to produce a fully biodegradable product.
The usual mixture we use for rolls is Carex acutiformis (Lesser Pond Sedge), Juncus effusus (Soft Rush), Lythrum salicaria (Purple Loosestrife), Iris pseudacorus (Yellow Flag Iris), Phalaris arundinacea (Reed Canary Grass). This is what you can see in the established roll pictured, and is a mix of marginal plants which has been carefully developed over time. All these species are native and widespread in the UK, and it's a mix based on experience which will work well. Our plants are grown in the UK from UK origin seed.
These will grow happily with the roll positioned in water depths around an average of 20-30cm. We can grow them with other mixtures or monocultures on request. The 3mx0.3m rolls will fit in snugly on pond shelves; we have a video on YouTube of Matthew Wilson working on a project in Yorkshire with one of our partners using coir rolls on a a pond project. They've also been featured in The Garden, along with the preplanted coir mats we also sell for pond banks.
Pre-planted coir rolls for rivers
If you wanted to use the rolls for river schemes you will also need stakes and twine to secure them. The nursery recommend six stakes per roll on the riverside, 3 stakes on the bankside, which we can offer as sweet chestnut in 60cm and 1.2m lengths. You can use twine for tying rolls together. We can quote for all this on request.
Photo Credit: coir rolls in the canal courtesy of Wildlife Gardeners of Haggerston.
Please contact us if you are interested in coir rolls as prices will vary according volumes ordered, mix, and your location. Let us know your delivery postcode and the total number of linear metres you require. I'm afraid we can't deliver to Northern Ireland.
Prices for the rolls start from £101.25 per 20cm diameter 3m roll inc VAT, plus delivery by pallet. We also sell a larger 30cm diameter roll.
PLEASE NOTE: WE WILL NEED GOOD ACCESS TO DELIVER AS THIS PRODUCT COMES ON PALLETS. The rolls are pretty easy to handle, each weighing around 50kg as delivered.
Supplier : Gower Wildflowers Ltd.