Fascinating piece of low-tech history from the low countries:

Around the 17th century, the started reinforcing their dykes and harbours with sturdy mats the size of football pitches – hand-woven from thousands of twigs grown on nearby coppice plantations. These “fascine mattresses” were weighted with rocks and sunk into canals, estuaries, and rivers.

This technology was employed as late as the 1950s.

solar.lowtechmagazine.com/2021

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Wow apparently this fascine mattresses are still being made and used this way! vanaalsburgbv.nl/en/zinkstuk/k

Here is footage of the harvesting of willow branches from a willow coppice plantation, griend in dutch

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Nou heb ik 15 jaar vlak bij Rhoon gewoond en nu eindelijk een reden gevonden om er heen te gaan.

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