Punnet of strawberries
Punnet of strawberries
Punnet of strawberries
Strawberry crop under a polytunnel
Dynapac Trencher and Ground Drive Gravel Cart
Dynapac Trencher installing lateral drainage pipe
Outfall headwall

Soft Fruit Farm, Hampshire

Land drainage to poly-tunnel areas for strawberry growing

The customer required a land drainage scheme to a 2.5 hectare area to ensure more productive growing conditions within his poly-tunnel soft fruit planting areas.

MJ Abbott laid out the drainage system using state-of-the-art surveying equipment. This served to ensure that all of the drainage runs were set out accurately, with precise GPS coordinates lining them up underneath the poly-tunnels.

MJ Abbott carried out the following scope of works:

  • Setting out all drainage runs using GPS equipment
  • Excavation of drainage trenches using a Dynapac 1800 tracked chain trencher complete with laser control, pipe laying chute and gravel hopper
  • Installation of drainage system comprising 270 linear metres of 100mm carrier drains and 1,100 linear metres of 80mm lateral drains
  • Installation of porous fill to within 100mm of the surface
  • Backfilling of trenches with selected as-dug materials
  • An outfall headwall was constructed in a drainage ditch for discharge of the drainage system.

The area was handed back over to the client, who then erected the poly-tunnels prior to planting the strawberries. The client is looking forward to an increased yield of strawberries as a result of the drainage improvements.

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