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Stormwater Attenuation: The construction industry’s answer to flooding

With the recent government announcement of £500bn investment in new infrastructure, particularly in the transport, telecoms, flood defence and housing sectors, Stormwater Attenuation is becoming more and more prevalent within the construction industry. Why do I need Stormwater Attenuation? Attenuation is the process of water retention on site and slowly releasing it in a controlled discharge to a surface water or [...]

The best strategy for banishing black grass & maximising yields

Black grass is an unwanted but familiar sight on many arable farms across the UK. It is one of the most prolific weeds in England, with 63%* of farmers stating they have issues with the plant. Although there isn’t a miracle answer to your black grass problem, we can shed light on the best strategies for decreasing black grass [...]

The Cotterills Group are now ISO accredited

We’re delighted to announce that we have been awarded the ISO 9001:2015 Management System certificate. This is for the provision of goods and services in the agriculture and construction sectors, reflecting our excellent commitment to our customers. We care about our customers Customer care is paramount to what we do. We want to make our customers happy so that you come [...]

Install of environmentally friendly foul drainage solution for Birmingham University

We’ve been installing sewage treatment solutions for almost 30 years and can install them in even the trickiest of conditions. But last year we were given an installation challenge unlike any other… The challenge Birmingham University were undertaking a project to facilitate a 10 year carbon dioxide enrichment experiment at the prestigious BIFOR experiment research facility at Mill Haft Woods. This was to demonstrate [...]

A History of Land Drainage Machines

The installation of land drainage has been going on in the UK for centuries. It has played an important part in improving crop yields for farmers and making waterlogged land usable for the construction sector. Digging agricultural drainage ditches many years ago was a mammoth task. Back then they were largely excavating and laying clay pipe by hand – not an [...]

Pesticide Storage, the law explained…

When storing pesticides you need to be aware of the laws and regulations surrounding its storage. This is to protect the health of human beings, creatures and plants, safeguard the environment and implement a secure, safe, efficient and humane method of controlling pests. Here is a guide to help professional users meet their health and environmental duties under the relevant [...]

Brexit Backlash: What rising material costs mean for construction

The cost of materials for British construction companies have increased in recent months and could be set to rise further as the start of Brexit talks threaten to drag the pound down and ramp up the price of imports to the UK. But it’s not all doom and gloom for the construction sector. The Bad News… Manufacturer EEF recently flagged up higher [...]

Which sewer pipe is best – PVC or Clay?

PVC sewer pipe is now the most widely used drainage system for housing and light commercial applications and serves as an excellent alternative to clay. The UK Government recently set a target of a million new homes across the UK by 2020 and with a rush to build these homes, the demand for PVC sewer pipes is set to rise. [...]

Harvesting rainwater from a rooftop

Top 5 reasons to harvest rainwater

This year has been one of mildest winters on record. It’s also been one of the driest with the UK receiving 76% of its average seasonal rainfall*. But now is the perfect time to harvest rainwater ready for the summer ahead. Here’s just a few reasons why you should start collecting rainwater:  It’s free You’ve heard the expression “money doesn’t grow on trees” [...]

Why is land drainage so important to UK farmers?

The importance of land drainage to the UK farming sector has never been so high. With commodity prices remaining low and the added uncertainty around what Brexit could bring, the focus now needs to be on controlling input costs and maximising yield and quality. Good land drainage facilitates all three:Reducing input costs Maximising yields Maximising qualityIt all starts from the soil up If [...]