TENAX logo International web site
  International web site Geosynthetics Erosion control Erosion control case histories  
erosion protection of a water channel protezione antierosiva su sponde di canali protección contra erosión de canales de tierra
sitemap contact us
  Erosion control  

Erosion protection of a surface water drainage channel at Park Farm, Ashford









Project, tree months after the hydroseeding

Project, tree months after the hydroseeding



TENAX MULTIMAT 100 geomats



Park Farm, Ashford, Kent, UK


Park Farm - Ashford


Frank Graham & Partners


Natta Construction Lt





A 1000 m long drainage channel was required to remove surface water during construction of the largest housing estate in the South East of England, at Park Farm, Ashford.

The channel was to be constructed as part of the infrastructure programme for the residential development being undertaken by Park Farm (Ashford) Ltd. (a subsidiary of Pelham Homes Ltd.) and Mountleigh Plc.


sezione schematica







A concrete culvert was contemplated, but due to both costs and aesthetics, this was rejected in favour of a grassed earth channel that would be more in keeping with the surrounding countryside. Due to the high water run off from the 130 hectare site, the consultants, Frank Graham & Partners specified the use of an erosion control geomat to both stabilize the slope and alleviate scour of the channel itself.

The contractor, Natta Construction Ltd. chose to use TENAX MULTIMAT 100, a three dimensional U.V. stable polypropylene erosion control mat.

TENAX MULTIMAT 100 was easily installed down the prepared side slopes and the channel bed and secured in place with 400 mm long steel fixing pins spaced every 1 m.

The TENAX MULTIMAT 100 was filled with 20 mm of topsoil and then the drainage channel was hydroseeded to help accelerate the growth of natural vegetation. Once growth has been established the roots entwine with TENAX MULTIMAT 100 anchoring it to the soil below, thus acting as a permanent reinforcement of the root system.

TENAX MULTIMAT 100 is a three-dimensional geomat composed by three layers of polypropylene grids: two flat, one folded. The random structure of filaments comprising the geomat prevents soil particles migrating, interlocks with the grass roots and reduces the run-off water flow thus preventing erosion.


Filling of the geomat with organic soil

Filling of the geomat with organic soil


Completed channel section during the germination process

Completed channel section during the germination process




The use of TENAX MULTIMAT 100 geomats allowed:

  • A cost effective erosion control system that provided stable channel sides against surface scour;
  • A constant long term cross section of the channel and thus a constant hydraulic flow;
  • Rapid development of reinforced grass vegetated banks sides:
  • An environmental friendly and aesthetically pleasing channel;
  • An increased resistance to hydraulic water flow with minimal erosion, for vegetated slopes, up to a flow rate having a limit velocity of 6.0 m/s








Banks for earthen canals and waterways


  TENAX © 1995-2014 All rights reserved