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 [...]

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 [...]

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