What are Gabions?
Gabions are essentially rocks in baskets! Wire or welded mesh baskets are commonly filled with sandstone, bluestone or river pebbles. From a 4000 year old idea, the modern Gabion baskets were first industrially produced in the 1880’s, when the double twisted wire mesh was first introduced. This particular double twisted woven netting ensures that in the event of a wire being cut, the double twist prevents the unraveling of the mesh. All the edges of the Gabion baskets are reinforced by a stiffer and even stronger wire.
Around the world, Gabion retaining walls have been an effective, environmentally friendly solution where erosion has been a problem. Gabions are used widely for water and drainage management and are ideal for river and seawalls. Another common use for Gabions is in noise or sound barrier walls as they diffuse, absorb and reduce noise.
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