The universal capacity of the willow to bring stability to banks and embankments has been obscured somewhat in recent years. Bioengineering and area plantation are as topical as ever, however. The increasing amount of heavy rain means that securing the paths of waterways is being subjected to growing demands.
In nurseries there is only a limited range of willows on offer. But there are far more types of willow than is generally acknowledged.
On the Buga site in Ronneburg a range of willows was planted in spring 2004 that presents an interesting alternative to flat-growing clones.