Rural Sustainable Drainage Systems: Experience on Ayrshire Farms so Far: PRESENTATION ONLY

Moir, S.E., Moir Environmental Ltd, UK


Rural Sustainable Drainage Systems (Rural SuDS) have been gaining momentum over recent years building upon experience gained in the UK over the last 25 years using SUDS (Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems).

Rural SuDS have the ability to significantly contribute to the reduction of diffuse pollution from the built environment in rural areas.  They can also help with slowing down runoff within the upper & middle reaches of a catchment thereby helping to reduce flooding events lower down in the catchment.  To facilitate the implementation of Rural SuDS new design guidance1 was published (Dec 2016) in Scotland to help farmers and landowners to design and build Rural SUDS projects on their farms.

Whilst the field experience of Rural SuDS to date is limited there are still already lessons that can be learned from those sites which have been installed since the publication of the new guidance.  This presentation shall seek to inform delegates of the significant progress made to date by presenting examples of systems that have been successfully installed on several farms across Ayrshire, Scotland during 2017 & 2018.

1   Rural Sustainable Drainage Systems : A Practical Design and Build Guide for Scotland’s Farmers and Landowners (Duffy A. et al, CREW, December 2016)

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