16 Jan

UK Beaches Wooden Groynes

One of the most beautiful and useful features on UK beaches is the Wooden Groynes.

Wooden groynes are an essential control to keep beaches stable. Although groynes can be made of many materials it is the UK’s wooden groynes that do the job but also add character to the environment.

The purpose of a groyne is to stop movement along a stretch of coast by trapping beach material and help build up a larger section of beach in front of an area that’s experiencing coastal erosion. They can often radically change a coastline and care must be taken and changes monitored as if you stop movement then yes you build up one area but can starve another.

Groynes wavesAlthough rock groynes last the longest at UK Beach Guide we like the character of hardwood groynes. Due to their very nature groynes get a bashing all year round which leads to some beautiful smooth wood with rusty metal brackets.
Groynes-2 Groynes-1

As well as helping keep the coastline in shape groynes also provide protection to the beach goer. We all know that the UK can be windy and the groyne can be the saviour in providing that wind break and extending the time available to sit and enjoy the beach.

Groynes trap beach material and are most effective on shingle or gravel beaches which is why the Sussex and Kent shores have an abundance.
Groynes with heavy waves

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