Hampton Court

BritishFlora design sustainable planting solution for Royal Palace Waterways

BritishFlora designed a sustainable solution for enhanced aquatic planting in the hard engineered waterways at Hampton Court. This is part of a wider pond and waterway restoration scheme across the Park to improve biodiversity, water quality, erosion prevention and aesthetics of these formal and natural water ways across Hampton Court.floating island

As an initial trial a 20m section of marginal planting was installed along Klon Dyke using planted coir rolls, fagots and backfilling with site won silt taken from Klon dyke. This backfilled area was planted with a diverse mix of marginal aquatic plants.

BritishFlora, assisted by Verdant Solutions, and Hampton Court staff installed sixteen linear metres of biodiverse floating islands that lined either side of the formal Long Water Canal while the Palace provides a fine backdrop to this planting.

coir roll installBiodiverse floating islands and coir rolls were planted up with bespoke UK Native and local provenance biodiversity mix designed by BritishFlora and were pre-established in our wet beds on the nursery. Training of Hampton Court staff by BritishFlora technical team in marginal planting techniques (assisted by Verdant Solutions), will ensure the sustainability and feasibility of further marginal planting throughout Hampton Court with ongoing support from the BritishFlora team.

As a result of these works further marginal planting enhancements have been undertaken in the Paddocks area of Hampton Court. Through consultation with BritishFlora, Hampton Court Grounds Team restored an area of eroded bank using coir logs and backfilled with silt from the ditch thus increasing depth and narrowing the waterway to increase flow rates and enhance macrophyte diversity. The backfilled area was planted with a Native biodiverse mix provided by BritishFlora.