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Guide to Brine (anti-icing solution) and its safe storage

It’s coming up to that time of year again when snow is likely to fall and our roads can become treacherous. One effective way to minimise the risk of accidents is by applying solutions, such as Brine, to roads and paths. What is Brine? Brine is a solution that combines salt, typically Sodium Chloride, and water. Brine can also be made [...]

What could go wrong with your sewage treatment solution?

Your sewage treatment system is a big investment so you want to ensure you get the right system and that it will last. Especially when you consider that the following horrors could await… 1. £100,000 fine if your system is not compliant With new rules on the way – all sewage effluent discharges are subject to Environment Agency (EA) general binding [...]

Guide to diversifying your farm business

In the volatile world of farming, in which traditional farm businesses are sensitive to input prices and extreme weather, more and more farmers are now choosing to diversify. This strategy not only helps protect farm owners incomes during turbulent farming periods but it also helps them to become more profitable. In fact, 62% of UK farms are reported to [...]

How to undertake a Trial Site Assessment Hole?

The first test that you should carry out when considering installing a septic tank or soakaway is the trial site assessment hole (TSAH). Whilst many believe they need to do a percolation test first, this is in fact pointless because if the TSAH test fails you will not be allowed to install a soakaway regardless. What is a Trial Site [...]

How to establish if you are in a groundwater source protection zone?

Looking to install a soakaway or septic tank? Then one of the things you will need to consider is how close you are to groundwater sources and whether you are in a groundwater protection zone. If you find you are within one of these zones, you may be refused the right to install. What is a groundwater protection zone? With the population [...]

Come see us at the Farm Business and Holiday Park Innovation Shows

We are delighted to announce that we’ll be exhibiting, once again, at this year’s Farm Business Innovation and Holiday Park Shows. Held at Birmingham’s NEC on the 6th and 7th November, this free event will provide you with invaluable ideas of how you could diversify and grow your business. With over 500 seminars, 170 speakers and 1,000 exhibitors, you will [...]

How to carry out a Percolation Test for a Soakaway?

When deciding whether you need to install a soakaway for your septic tank, sewage treatment or soakaway crates system, you will need to undertake a percolation test. What is a percolation test? A percolation test is the last of three mandatory tests used to determine if a new or replacement soakaway can be installed. You will first need to undertake a [...]

Celebrating 100 years of farming at Hermitage Farm

This year marks an important milestone for our MD, Andrew Cotterill, and his family – they are celebrating 100 years of farming at Hermitage Farm in Wishaw, Sutton Coldfield. Farming for centuries Farming has been in Andrew’s family for centuries. His great-grandparents relocated to Hermitage Farm in 1919 after selling their previous home, Bricklyn Farm, also in Wishaw. Back then, Hermitage [...]

How to size a drainage field for a Septic Tank?

When it comes to sizing a drainage field for the disposal of effluent from a septic tank or a small wastewater treatment system, it’s vital you get it right. Here’s our guide to what you need to do… What is a Drainage Field? Often referred to as septic drain fields or soakaways, these fields are an essential component of a septic [...]

Beginner’s guide to ducting pipe

When running a cable underground, whether that’s to carry power, motorway communications, lighting or utilities, you will need to ensure that it is protected from any damage and that it is easily identifiable to others. To do this you will need to ensure that the cable is run inside a duct. Here’s some useful information on how to ensure [...]

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