Land Drainage

Why is land drainage so important (infographic)

The demand for land drainage is at its highest in twenty years as old clay systems fail, extreme rainfall is more common and farmers are under increased pressure to be more productive. Post-harvest is also one of the busiest times for land drainage as farmers take full advantage of their fields being bare. As one of the leading suppliers of land drainage [...]

Top tips for installing a culvert pipe

If you’re thinking of installing a culvert pipe across a watercourse to enable a vehicle to safely drive across it, here’s some useful tips on the things you should consider. What is a culvert pipe? A culvert is an economical and effective way of passing a running water course under a physical obstacle such as a roadway, railway, hill or even [...]

Top 5 tips for maintaining land drainage

This year’s extreme weather has highlighted the importance of ensuring your land drainage system works well. After all, having a well drained field can make the difference to whether you produce a good or bad crop. Keeping on top of the maintenance of your land drainage system is vital to its longevity. Here’s our top tips on land drainage maintenance: 1. Check water course is clear [...]

Increase in old drainage systems failing

Just like you can’t help but notice the number of new potholes that have appeared on our roads recently, we’ve seen a real surge in land drainage systems failing. So what’s been happening? Reports from the drainage community Twitter is a great way to keep up-to-date with the UK land drainage and farming community and it has been inundated with images of wet fields [...]

How can farmers improve their productivity ready for Brexit?

Farmers were recently warned by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) that they need to improve their productivity ready for Brexit. But why is productivity so important now and how can you as a farmer increase your output? Cotterill Civils has the answer for you. Why do farmers need to improve their productivity ready for Brexit? With EU subsidies set to [...]

Top 5 reasons to invest in land drainage

With harvest out the way and the fields once again bare, lots of our customers are currently busy installing land drainage. Investing in your land in the current economic climate may seem like the wrong thing to do but ensuring your fields are well drained could make all the difference. Our customers have reported improvements of up to 40% in [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 quality It all starts from the soil up If [...]