All about the french drain

We have been having some work done down the back in the paddock.  Because it is on a hill the water runs down and accumulates into puddles, so we decided to have a french drain put in.  Why it is called a “French” drain, rather than any other sort I don’t know.

Len digging a trench

Anyway, first Len the farmer came with his digger and dug a trench

Len and Neil unravelling the pipe

Then he unravelled some porous pipe and laid it into the trench.

The trench gets filled in with large gravel

The next stage was to cover the pipe with large size gravel until it is completely filled. There was 20 tons of gravel and over 100 metres of drain.

finished french drain and landscaping

Len also brought a large amount of top soil which he laid beside the french drain and some road plainings which were laid the other side to form a road down to the oil tank.

In the Spring we will seed the topsoil with lawn seed and then Neil will be able to mow it to keep it looking tidy.  We also anticipate putting in some more raised vegetable beds and maybe an additional tree or two to the orchard.  Taking the fence down that used to run between the paddock and the hardcore has opened up the vista and we are really pleased with the result.

We had a lot of rain over the last few days and Neil went down to see if the french drain was working well, which it was.  Here it is at the outlet end tipping water into the woods.

water flowing out at the end of the french drain

Come and see all the landscaping for yourself.  visit www.lodgehousebandbsomerset.co.uk

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