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Twinwall pipe used to keep raft afloat for charity

There’s so many things you can do with twinwall pipe, from land drainage to fitness obstacle courses to a river raft run. And that’s exactly what Kevin Wilkes and his team did to raise money for Cancer Research and the Air Ambulance. Using our our sturdy twinwall pipe, they created a seaworthy raft. Their challenge was to build a handmade [...]

Please keep safe on your farm

Safety is the highest priority of our business. It’s something we feel extremely passionate about. That’s why we’re keen to join in and help promote Farm Safety Week.  Our background is in farming Our background is deep-rooted in farming – our business is based on a farm and our MD is a third-generation farmer. We also sell to farmers – over [...]

How to safely store silage?

After experiencing the wettest June on record, farmers are now taking advantage of the drier weather conditions and harvesting silage. But what are the regulations when it comes to storing silage safely? What is silage? Silage is grass or other green fodder that is compacted and stored in airtight conditions, without being dried beforehand, and used as animal feed in the [...]

How to incorporate SuDS into new developments?

We’ve seen record levels of rainfall over the last month and with it our sewer and drainage systems have come under immense pressure. You may have noticed the build up of puddles in car parks and roads or in worst case scenarios flooding, causing misery for many. Such extreme weather has once again highlighted the growing importance of Sustainable [...]

Which to use – land drainage coil or twinwall pipe?

So you’re looking to prevent a sports field from being water-logged or perhaps you’re thinking of increasing your crop yields BUT you’re unsure which land drainage product to install. Should you use land drainage coil or twinwall pipe? We’re asked this question a lot. As both products are used to prevent the build-up of excess water, it can sometimes be [...]

How to minimise the impact of a potential water shortage?

After a record-breaking Easter with temperatures hitting an unseasonal 25C in some parts of the UK, there are growing concerns over the continued lack of significant rain and low river flows. According to a recent survey by the NFU, some farmers are putting in place measures to minimise the impact of another potential dry summer. Cumulative rainfall totals during April [...]

What is the future of land drainage?

Land drainage has played an important part in farming for many centuries. But what does the future hold for this practice? With significant change set for the UK in the form of Brexit and climate change, we recently asked industry expert, Rob Burtonshaw from Farm Services Ltd, what he thought the future held for land drainage and this was his reply… Land [...]

Beginners guide to linear drainage systems (incl. slot drains & channel drains)

If you’ve ever wondered what the difference is between channel drainage, slot drain or linear drain or if they’re just one and the same, you’re not alone. Here’s a useful guide to the different types of surface water management systems available. What is Surface Water Management and Linear Drainage Systems? Surface water management is the process of managing the course water [...]

Harvesting rainwater from a rooftop

Climate Change: How will this affect water consumption

The Environment Agency recently reported that within 25 years England won’t have enough water to meet the rising demand. That’s a scary thought. But how can we, as individuals, businesses or farmers, consume less water and use it more efficiently? Why will water shortage become a problem? The impact of climate change, combined with population growth, means the country is facing an [...]

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