Pre-planted coir mats for ponds
These 5cm thick coir mats (or "pallets") are 2m by 1m, or 2m by 0.5m. They are pre-planted with our standard species mix, which includes Carex acutiformis (Lesser Pond Sedge), Juncus effusus (Soft Rush),Lythrum salicaria (Purple Loosestrife), Iris pseudacorus (Yellow Flag Iris), Caltha palustris (Marsh Marigold), Myosotis scorpioides (Water Forget Me Not), Ranunculus flammula (Lesser Spearwort), Alisma plantago-aquatica (Water Plantain) and Mentha aquatica (Water mint). This mix may be subject to change depending on plant stock and availability, although all the plants in all our mats are native to the UK and widespread. The standard mix is the one shown in the established mat pictured, and we've found from experience it's one that works well.
The coir is imported from Sri Lanka as highly compressed fibre, which reduces shipping volumes by 80%. It's a sustainably and organically produced waste product of coconut production. The coir fibre take 5 to 10 years to rot down, so they're a perfect growing medium for pond plants. It's inert and pH neutral.
We've written a blog about them so that you can see what they look like in action. The idea is that the coir acts as a growing medium for the plants. As you can see, the plants are well established when delivered. All the plants are grown at a British nursery from guaranteed native seed. We've learnt from experience that these marginals do well growing in coir, without dominating.
The product was originally designed for large scale bio-engineering projects, but works just as well for domestic ponds. The mats need to be in contact with water but are designed to sit on a pond or river bank, covering a butyl liner, for example. They offer a brilliant solution to planting a lined pond.
If you are thinking of using coir as a bio-engineering solution for a river we strongly recommend talking to a consultant, who we would be happy to put you in touch with. We also supply 3m long coir rolls, which are more appropriate for riverbank schemes as well as pond ledges.
Please ask if you are interested in coir mats as prices will vary according volumes ordered, mix, and your location. Let us know the number of linear metres you would like and the delivery postcode.
Prices for the mats and rolls start from £27.50 per linear metre (excluding VAT) for 6 metres, or 3 mats, of a standard mix, plus delivery by pallet. We offer discounts for larger amounts.
PLEASE NOTE: WE WILL NEED GOOD ACCESS TO DELIVER AS THIS PRODUCT COMES ON PALLETS.
Supplier : Gower Wildflowers Ltd.
We donate half of our profit on sales of our native pond plant collections to ARG UK