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Preparation of the sinking on the ‘zate’

The ‘zate’ is the place alongside the water where the fascine mattresses are made. They are often enormously heavy and big and are approximately 50 cm high. They are made on pipes, which makes them supple and enables them to slide smoothly and undamaged into the water. The zate must be accessible by truck and a crane must be able to drive on it because a great deal of willow has to be transported there.

It may be that an extra layer of faggots has to be tied onto the mattress to prevent the basalt rocks from rolling off it during the sinking. This extra layer is just as effective, but less expensive than the willow wickerwork that was formerly attached to the top of the fascine mattress.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How is a classic fascine mattress constructed?

A classic fascine is a mattress made exclusively from willow branches, consisting of at least 4 layers of faggots with 2 layers of intersecting willow branches in between.

What is special about this type of fascine?

A classic fascine mattress does not contain any plastic, such as geotextile or bentonite.

Why is this construction eco-friendly?

Even the lashing rope is eco-friendly. And therefore all the materials used are eco-friendly.