Vigilis-Bio Biodegradable Tree Shelters, from Suregreen, are designed to function in the same way as our regular tree shelters, protecting young trees and other woody plants (such as vines) from animal browsing and herbicide spray.
However, the unique material used to make Vigilis-Bio is radically different from regular polypropylene tree shelters. After a minimum of five year’s service life the Vigilis-Bio tree shelter is designed to start to break up, and as soon as particles and small fragments fall to the ground, where they come into contact with the soil, they will act as a food source for soil bacteria and micro-organisms, eventually being absorbed harmlessly into the natural environment.
No need to remove them; no need to send them for recycling or composting; Vigilis-Bio simply degrades naturally in the soil leaving no micro-beads of plastic or other harmful substances. All that remains is water, CO2 and a few natural minerals.
Looking to learn more or be part of our ongoing trial please complete the form above.
Heights: 60cm, 75cm, 1.2m and 1.5m
Diameters: 76mm, 85mm, 92mm, 99mm & 110mm - product is delivered in nests of fives
Colour: Light Brown (Colour has been selected to allow easy differentiation on sites)
Reusable Tie Requirements:
- 60cm Tube - 1 Reusable Tree Tie
- 75cm - 2 Reusable Tree Tie
- 1.2m - 2 Reusable Tree Tie
- 1.5m tubes - 2 Reusable Tree Tie
Looking to find out more about the science behind our biodegradable tree shelters? Visit our partner - Biome Bioplastics
Features & benefits:
Material: Unique formula as supplied by Biome Biotechnologies Ltd
Wall Structure: Twin-wall tube construction
Fixing Method: Pre-fitted with releasable tree ties
Colour: Light Brown
Life Expectancy: UV-stabilised to provide an estimated lifespan of a minimum of 5 years*
*This can vary depending on location, climate and site conditions.
Q: How can I take part in the ongoing trials?
A: To be a part of our trials feel free to complete the form above. Our tree shelter expert, Tim, will be in contact.
Q: How long will Vigilis-Bio protect young trees?
A: Vigilis-bio is designed to provide good physical protection to growing trees for approximately 5 years. After that time, the soil bacteria will begin to break down the shelter, leaving behind only CO2, water and a few naturally occurring minerals.
Q: How can you be sure that Vigilis-Bio will biodegrade?
A: Vigilis-Bio has undergone ISO standard biodegradation testing, which measures the conversion of carbon into CO2 and biomass by microorganisms. This testing is carried out on fragmented Vigilis-Bio material, which has been put in contact with natural samples of soil containing microorganisms.
Q: Why not get rid of tree shelters altogether or perhaps use fencing instead?
A: On some sites, dispensing with tree shelters can result in the loss of 80% to 90% of saplings - this is expensive and inefficient. Fencing can be useful but is costly and compromises the free movement of animals and consequent biodiversity which is vital to landowners and other stakeholders.