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Aqua-Flora®

Aqua-Flora® materials

Aqua-Flora® products are coco fibre mats or rolls pre vegetated with a variety of water- and wetland plants. They are a natural tool for bank protection and erosion control. Aqua-Flora® products combine biological, civil engineering and recreational/aesthetic functions. Brooks, canals, lakes, all kinds of waters from small ditches to major rivers, can be ecologically upgraded by Aqua-Flora® products. Urban or residential surroundings in particular benefit from the nature values of Aqua-Flora®.

Aqua-Flora® materials can be supplied as rolls, mats and floating elements.

The rolls and mats are especially suitable for bank protection and erosion control in ponds, lakes, brooks and ditches. The floating elements are mainly used for vertical, hard banks in canals, but also for creating water gardens, parks and wetlands.

In situations where heavier solutions are required, Aqua-Flora® mats and rolls can be applied in combination with gabions or gabion mattresses.

Aqua-Flora® rolls can also be used for creating safe passages/crossovers for wildlife underneath highways, bridges and culverts. Aqua-Flora® mats can be applied to construct wetlands (helophyte filters) for cleaning for example sewage plant effluent. Nature compensation is yet another application of Aqua-Flora®. It can be used to quickly re-establish bank vegetation in areas where the original natural habitat had to make space for development.

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Aqua-Flora® applications

Aqua-Flora® rolls

The Aqua-Flora® rolls are especially suitable for bank protection alongside steep slopes or for greening of vertical shores and banks. Aqua- Flora® rolls are installed by clamping them between two rows of half a size wooden (non treated) poles. When the water level is exceeds 80% of the diameter of the roll, the space between te Aqua-Flora® roll and the soil needs to be filled, for instance with a bare coco fibre roll. This way it’s possible to use the Aqua-Flora® roll as a breakwater. For the purpose of greening vertical shores and banks, like a quay wall or sheet piling, the rolls can be hanged with steel wire slings or steel braces.

The vegetation in the Aqua-Flora® rolls get their nutrition solely out of the water and it grows spectacularly fast (under the right conditions) underneath as well as above water level. Aqua-Flora® rolls can also be used for creating safe passages/crossovers for wildlife underneath highways, bridges and culverts.

Aqua-Flora® mats

Aqua-Flora® mats are mainly used in shallow pools and on flat banks. The Aqua-Flora® mats can be anchored with untreated wooden stakes. On sloping banks, the mats are positioned 50% under water level and 50% above water level. The ideal water depth for installing Aqua-Flora® mats is 10cm.

Aqua-Flora® mats are commonly used for realizing ecological corridors and for instant results in new housing developments, because of it’s natural beauty.

In cases where heavier solutions are required, Aqua-Flora® mats can be applied in combination with gabions or gabion matresses.

The Aqua-Flora® mats can also be used as constructed wetlands/helophyte filters as small-scale water treatment in rural areas, where a connection to the sewerage system can be very expensive.

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Aqua-Flora® floats

Aqua-Flora® floats can be used in ponds with stagnant or slow-flowing water with a high nutrient content. In places where there is no room for creating any shore vegetation or where it’s realized as a green island in the middle of the urban water, Aqua-Flora® floats are very suitable. Even in situations where the water level is very fluctuating, floating green can offer a solution; it moves along with the water. The Aqua-Flora® floats can be used in city ponds and canals, along vertical banks, beside floating homes, in basins and sand pits. The modular design of the floating body is available in all shapes and sizes. The plant species that are used in the Aqua-Flora® floats form a dense root package underneath the floating body, which make optimal usage of the water surface, due to a big biomass. They are also resistent to the effects of the behavior of waterfowl (trampling, grazing and droppings).

Ecology

Aqua-Flora® products provide a smooth, structured transition between land and water, a very important habitat for aquatic and amphibious fauna. Aqua-Flora® is a favourite breeding spot for waterfowl, where nesting material is also available. Insects such as certain butterfly species and dragonflies find a suitable nourish and propagation habitat in Aqua-Flora® banks.

The helophytes in the vegetation have purifying characteristics. They can take up nutrients and heavy metals, which can be removed when mowing the aboveground parts in autumn.

The coir material provides a substrate for the pre-vegetated water- and wetland plants during the early growing periods. With time, the fast growing root system will take over the erosion control functions.

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Specifications Aqua-Flora®

Aqua-Flora® rolls

Cylindrical coconut fibre (coir) rolls densely packed into a netting of nylon or coco fibre rope pre-vegetated with a variety of water- and swamp species all grown within the same growth period.

Number of plants per metre: 8
Length per roll: 3m
Standard diameter: 30cm; on request also available in 20, 40 and 50cm
Wooden poles for anchoring and installation are needed at a rate of about 2 per m’

Aqua-Flora® mats

Coconutfibre (coir) mats packed into a netting of cocofibre webbing pre-vegetated with a variety of water- and swampspecies all grown within the same growth period.

Number of plants per square metre: min. 20
Length per mat: 5m
Standard width: 1m, on request also in 50 and 75 cm width
Untreated wooden stakes or bio pens (made of potato starch) for anchoring and installation are needed at a rate of about 13 pieces per mat.

Aqua-Flora® floats

Aqua-Flora® products can also be applied as a floating elements: Pre-vegetated mats placed onto buoyancy frames made of PE pipes.

Number of plants per square metre: min. 20
Length per floating-unit: ranging from 1 to 5 m
Standard width: 2 m
Anchoring and installation with weight anchors or fastened to the bank.