The River & the Willows – Green Engineering (Tomintoul)


Meeting location: Richmond Hall, Tomintoul, AB37 9EZ & nearby sites.
Please ring for directions Simon Jacyna, 07979 245910, if you expect to arrive late.

Recent floods have caused severe erosion of riverbanks in several places, leading to loss of land and infrastructure and a decline in water quality and river and bankside habitats. This meeting will show some environmentally friendly ‘green engineering’ techniques that can be used to slow water flow and stabilise river banks such as artificial log jams, willow spilling. Re-meandering and leaky dams. We will also consider how woodland creation on riverbanks can reinforce this protection.

We will visit Auchriachan farm where Andy & Debbie Duffus have used some of these methods. Talks after a light lunch, (provided) will look in more detail at grants for woodland creation, examples from other parts of Scotland, local sourcing of materials and the opportunity to share experiences.


  • Simon Jacyna (Woodlands Consultant, SAC Consulting)
  • Lorraine Logan (Agricultural Consultant, SAC Consulting)
  • Lynn Cassells (Tomintoul & Glenlivet Landscape Partnership)

Topics covered:

  • Riparian Woodland
  • River bank stabilisation using green engineering techniques
  • Water quality.

Farming & Water Scotland Logo      Farming & Water Scotland will also be in attendance at this event to answer any questions about watercourse management


Bookings are no longer available for this event.