The actual reed beds consist of 2 cages – the longer top cages contain the reeds, whilst just below these, the smaller fully submerged cages provide a refuge for fish escaping predators. Stunning oak panels have been attached along the outer side of the cages, so that they appear hidden. Infact, from the towpath it will appear that the reeds are growing out of wooden planters in the water! How clever!!
The reed beds are a perfect companion to our riverbank garden. The two go together like peas in a pod! Just as we have been creating an environment where nature should flourish, so too will the reed beds. The reeds will support micro organisms which in turn will support a much more diverse aquatic wildlife. In time, we’ll see greater numbers of dragonflies, frogs, newts and fish, making pond dipping sessions much more exciting!!
As you can see in pic above - most of the real work takes place under the water level. There are 2 cages - the top longer cage is for the actual coir & plants. The bottom cage has slightly wider squares in the wire to enable fish, frogs & newts to hide amongst the roots if a passing cormorant should feel hungry. The solid oak plank is fixed to the front of the cage to prevent damage to the wire from barges & narrowboats.
The crew used 2 different methods of fixing the cages to the bank. In this pic they used a brilliant floating pontoon...........