High rainfall shows up poor drainage maintenance

The heavy rains in the middle of October unfortunately caused flooding in many parts of the country – showing up where maintenance of ditches and water courses has been neglected in recent years, with roadside ditches being particularly noticeable.

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With less full-time farm staff and more acres to farm, ditch and drain maintenance can easily become less of a priority.

For a drainage scheme to operate to its full potential, the outfalls need to be in good condition and have a suitable freeboard (the difference between the drain invert and the ditch bed). Drains which are hidden in the undergrowth need to be found, cleared and marked with a suitable marker post, making them easier to locate.

If you don’t have time for these tasks yourself, then Miles Drainage (20) Ltd says it can carry this work out for you.

Spring is a good time to carry out drain jetting and ditching, plus it is never too early to start planning your mole draining and deciding whether it is to be undertaken through the growing crop, or after harvest.

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Miles Drainage (20) Ltd says it has the experience and good availability to assist with all your requirements, ranging from drain maintenance during the winter months, to the design and installation of a new drainage scheme.

Now is an ideal time to contact us and discuss your requirements, so that we can have a plan in place, for when ground conditions are suitable for works to be done.

Based in East Anglia but operating nationwide, the company provides a GPS based quality land drainage design, installation and maintenance service to agricultural, utility and sports field customers, as well as the installation of water supplies and irrigation mains.

Miles Drainage (20) Ltd manufactures the Single Leg Mole Plough as well as supplying spares and wearing parts.

For further information or advice on any of the services offered by Miles Drainage (20) Ltd, visit www.milesdrainage.co.uk or visit the team at LAMMA.

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