Farmers Guide – Cereals 2018
The history of Land Drainage
The history of Land Drainage is as old as agriculture itself and dates from as far back as Roman times.
The early attempts at drainage were mainly in the form of surface water drainage achieved with ditches, and ridge and furrow, but gradually during the 17th century underdrainage was introduced. These early drains were formed by trenches backfilled with stone or bushes, but towards the end of the 18th century clay tiles and bricks were used to form a hollow drain.
Initially these practices were expensive due to a tax imposed in 1784, which rose to 5/- per thousand pipes. In 1826 however, this tax was removed from tiles used for drainage, subject to the tiles having the word “Drain” stamped on them.
Many of the old systems still work today, but their performance is usually inadequate and so they have been, or need to be, replaced by modern drainage systems, often using shingle backfill and mole draining as a secondary treatment.
Miles Drainage will be exhibiting their trailed single leg mole plough at the Cereals Event. The mole plough is available in both standard and high clear beam, the latter being available with a pitch adjuster
These machines are recommended for use with the following sized tractors:
- Track Layers 150 HP or more
- Wheeled Tractor 200HP or more
Based in East Anglia but operating nationwide, Miles Drainage provides a GPS based quality land drainage design and installation service to agricultural, equestrian and sports field customers. Miles Drainage 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 please call 01359 259424 or see us on stand 1008 at the Cereals Event
For further information or advice on any of the services offered by Miles Drainage please call 01359 259424
Miles Drainage Ltd