Dredging the silt for allotments and an insect highway..

Special consideration needs to be made for wildlife and the environment but in South Bristol escpecially, there is so much silt which can be used for gardening and for the creation of flower meadows along the riverside to create a floral haven for bee's and wildlife.  An urban mix of dull brown with an array of colour to bring the river side to life along the raodside for Britain in Bloom and Green Capital 2015.

Why the contribution is important

It's an affordable way to create mounds along the riverside, next to raods and paths and create 100'000's of plants as parts of meadows and an insect highway.  It splashes colour for miles along the riverside mxed with the current dull brown on low tide and it's great for allotments.

by user946047 on November 27, 2013 at 10:41AM

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  • Posted by user734334 November 27, 2013 at 15:51

    Great idea but how is it going yo be funded? And we d also need to build some sort of structure to keep it in place to prevent from floating off at the next high tide. Also there is tons of rubbish washed up in those bits which also needs to be removed first I think.
  • Posted by user673142 November 28, 2013 at 08:33

    Sounds a really good idea, River silt can be full of lots of nutrients plants need and its better than commercial fertiliser which is costly.

    Plus growing your own food can be very rewarding and as there is such a waiting list for allotments, could help us become more self sustaining.
  • Posted by user946047 January 04, 2014 at 13:51

    Hi Yhin,
    Thanks for your comment.
    I think it could be funded by selling the silt to allotment owners, but I'm not sure how much that will achieve. Community Infrastructure Levy from other developments will help to cover costs and create nice places so it can be spent on this and if we look at the news today, we can see the Rover Avon is flooding the area where this silt it. In preparation for the future, removing the Silt will lower the river levels which could help to reduce possible floods in the years ahead. Offsetting cost of flood damage and loss of income for the city against development work.
  • Posted by user946047 January 10, 2014 at 12:56

    This ideal can further support another idea for Bee Keeping.. have a bee farm set at every 300 meters along the insect highway, along the banks of the river but away from the pavement. The bees will then harvest the wild meadows.
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