Due to a landslip that occurred in November 2002 on the seafront at Southend-on-Sea, the local council had to fund geological surveys and also the resultant repair work. This involved significant sheet piling works extending from the top of the cliff to several metres below sea level, followed by re-profiling the cliff face to blend in with the surrounding areas.
As part of this reinstatement process, the majority of the slope was hydroseeded with a hardy flower mix containing a mix of annual and biennial species, with a significant proportion of native British species. The remaining areas were sown with a low maintenance drought-tolerant grass mix. As access to the area involved the suspension of parking bays along the seafront, works had to be carefully timed to keep these closures to a minimum and two hydroseeding machines were employed to that end.
The works will be revisited as the season progresses to ensure success.