Sackmaker J&HM Dickson Ltd started making hessian & jute sandbags in 1915 for the war effort and still supply them to this day. We sell both filled & empty sandbags to Local Authorities, Fire Brigades, Builders Merchants, Civil Engineers and road traffic management companies across the UK - we have over 100 years experience in the sack trade.

Whether you need fast delivery of filled sandbags for flood protection or simply sandbags for weighing down road signs or to fill with ballast – call 0800 032 6447 drop us an email or order online.

FILLED SANDBAGS approx 25x50x10cm high
Heavy Duty Woven PP or Hessian
In stock for immediate delivery (Minimum order 70)
Filled with around 15 kilos top grade Granite Sand

EMPTY SANDBAGS with tie strings 33x79cm long
Standard / Heavy Duty Woven PP or Hessian
In stock for immediate delivery (Minimum order 100)

Sandbags, Sand Bags


Standard Woven Polypropylene (WPP) Sandbags

The cheapest sandbags on the market made from lightweight 70gsm WPP. Predominantly used for one off applications as sandbags to weigh down road signs or stop tarpaulins blowing away, they can also be used for temporary flood defence.

Typical price based on a bale of 1000 Standard empty sandbags is £170 plus VAT & delivery.

Standard Woven Polypropylene (WPP) Sandbags

Heavy Duty WPP Sandbags

Our most popular sandbag and made from 120gsm fabric containing a large amount of UVI (Ultra violet Inhibitor) which helps prevent the material breaking down in sunlight.

This combination of heavy woven fabric and UV protection means the sacks last much longer, have a higher abrasion resistance & will withstand rougher handling,

They are generally supplied in brown or black to minimise environmental appearance.

Typical price based on a bale of 1000 empty heavy duty sandbags is £270 plus VAT & delivery.

Heavy Duty WPP Sandbags

Pre Filled Black Sandbags

Hessian / Jute Sandbags

Until the 1970’s all sandbags were made from hessian or jute and we still supply hessian sand bags to this day. This sandbag is used to build temporary walls, for flood defence & military applications, ballast bags and creating bunkers for outdoor activities such as paintballing, archery and shooting. Hessian sandbags are biodegradable and will eventually rot away, ideal to fill with a sand cement mix and leave to form a wall.

Typical price based on a bale of 1000 empty Hessian sandbags is £340 plus VAT & delivery.

Hessian / Jute Sandbags

UV Protection
All plastic materials gradually break down when exposed to sunlight and Woven Polypropylene is no exception – WPP sacks with no UVI (Ultra Violet Inhibitor) may only last a few weeks if left outside unprotected. Unfortunately unprotected fabric looks the same as fabric with UVI so it’s very important that buyers of WPP sacks & sandbags ensure that the bags they buy are fit for their purpose, especially if they appear cheaper than the rest! The longevity of the material depends on the intensity of sunlight and the effects of weather stripping it is subjected to. Wind & rain accelerates the process of degradation so the more sandbags are covered from the elements the longer they will last. ALL the WPP sandbags Sackmaker supply are UV protected and heavier fabrics take longer to break down.

Building Sandbags
Sackmaker fill sandbags with approximately 15kilos of quality granite sand, although it’s possible to pack over 20kgs in a sand bag the more its filled the harder it is to build into a strong water resistant flood wall so we recommend they are not filled to the top before tying. The quality of the sand used is also important and sandbags will not work to their maximum potential if filled with a sand which has a high content of fines & can therefore retain lots of water - such as builders sand. Maintaining a weight of 15kilos per sandbag also makes them easier to manually handle, especially in wet or hazardous conditions.

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Call our sales team on 0800 032 6447 for advice, samples & prices. You can email us or buy small quantities of sandbags online at Sackmarket (minimum order for empty sandbags is 100).

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