Naturally occurring wetlands have a natural, innate ability to remediate contaminants from water.
BritishFlora has supplied millions of reeds, Phragmites communis, for both habitat creation projects such as bird reserves to attract bittern, bearded tit and water rails, to name but a few. Common Reed is commonly planted to help with the cleaning of contaminated water due to its phytoremediation properties in constructed wetlands.
A man-made water treatment facility, constructed wetlands duplicate the processes occurring in natural wetlands. They are complex, integrated systems in which water, plants, animals, microorganisms and the natural elements interact to improve water quality.
When correctly designed, built, operated and maintained, constructed wetlands can effectively remove many pollutants associated with stormwater or municipal and industrial discharges. Well balanced systems are particularly efficient at removing contamination such as BOD, suspended solids, nitrogen, phosphorus, hydrocarbons and heavy metals.
Where they are intended for such purposes reedbeds require the correct initial design and some maintenance in order to function and mature over many years.
BritishFlora has been involved in many hundreds of the UK’s premier constructed reedbed projects for a wide range of applications for more than two decades.
The company's extensive experience, particularly in plant selection, innovative design and value engineering construction as well as subsequent aftercare management, places it at the forefront of this rapidly emerging industry.