Land Drainage Costs Devon

Jebiker

Member
Hi there ,
I am looking at a barn conversion on 18 acres of arable land, when we viewed on boxing day the land was very water logged and there was a fair few marsh type plants on the land.

What would the likely cost be like to sort this out , I assume underground drainage would be the solution?

Many thanks
 

jd6420s

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Location
Yorkshire
Hi there ,
I am looking at a barn conversion on 18 acres of arable land, when we viewed on boxing day the land was very water logged and there was a fair few marsh type plants on the land.

What would the likely cost be like to sort this out , I assume underground drainage would be the solution?

Many thanks
Do you know when it was last cropped as arable land? If it has marsh plants growing in it it sounds as though it hasn't been in production recently.
If you are putting a whole new system in I would have thought £1500-£2000 an acre.
The old system might just need some TLC.
 

Jebiker

Member
I will try and find out when it was last cropped and IF there is any existing drainage

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Well... I see rushes and that means that soil isn't supporting any heavy machinery past Sept, and isn't growing a good crop of much...... acid and wet.

If its a barn conversion it's probably not a rural agent selling , most estate agents wouldn't know the difference between soil and coal, they see open land and see pound signs.
Land like that needs, lime, gypsum, drains, muck and good managent.
 

C.J

Member
Location
South Devon
Well... I see rushes and that means that soil isn't supporting any heavy machinery past Sept, and isn't growing a good crop of much...... acid and wet.

If its a barn conversion it's probably not a rural agent selling , most estate agents wouldn't know the difference between soil and coal, they see open land and see pound signs.
Land like that needs, lime, gypsum, drains, muck and good managent.
Stags know a sucker when the see one ;)
 

Jebiker

Member
Well... I see rushes and that means that soil isn't supporting any heavy machinery past Sept, and isn't growing a good crop of much...... acid and wet.

If its a barn conversion it's probably not a rural agent selling , most estate agents wouldn't know the difference between soil and coal, they see open land and see pound signs.
Land like that needs, lime, gypsum, drains, muck and good managent.
I know what you mean re agents, I would mainly want the land for leisure and grazing, would I therfore need to find a good land drainage company in that area and get quotes for lime,gypsum,drains etc ?
 

Half Pint

Member
My suggestion is to get professional advice from more than one person / company because it is possible one party may see the solution differently perhaps better but not necessarily a cheaper option. Talk to some neighbours and get their take on the land in your immediate area. Is it obvious to where any water generated from a drainage system can discharge off of your land a brook or maintained ditch etc.
 

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