Canal Lining Trial, the Netherlands

Certain environments are particularly punishing: few are harsher than the banks of canals, where wood is used to hold back the earth. In this application the wood’s exposure to water, microbe rich soil and – most obviously at the waterline – air, is particularly challenging. In the Netherlands, canal linings were traditionally made using tropical hardwoods but, with this no longer being an option, an alternative is needed. Accoya® was trialled for this purpose with excellent results. Even after 10 years in the water, the Accoya® trialled emerged with no discernible degradation at all.