Concrete Canvas are proud to announce that it has been nominated as the finalist in the 2022 South Wales Business Growth Awards for THREE categories.

  • Innovation
  • Brand
  • Environmental

The Business Growth Awards celebrate the efforts that South Wales businesses have achieved to shape the local community.

Thank you to all our staff for all your continued hard work and dedication to support our growth. Thank you to all the contractors, clients and consultants who trust us in providing the right product for hundreds of ongoing global projects, from public works to utilities and mining.

The results will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on Friday 4th March 2022.

Soil erosion in farming

Soil erosion is one of the most common concerns for farmers.

The erosion is a gradual process where water and certain weather conditions impact the soil and cause it to deteriorate. Not only does soil erosion remove the quality of the topsoil, but it also is detrimental to the land and environment, as it causes pollution in landslides and waterways. Soil erosion can also increase the risk of flooding, and in worst-case scenarios, the land could be cultivated if soil erosion is severe.

Before we look at how farmers can control erosion and minimise the impact, we’ve listed the top causes that affect the quality of the soil and farm work.

What types of erosion are in farming?

Different types of soil erosion can cause several problems. These include:

Water erosion

Water can impact the quality of soil over time. However, the amount and rate it deteriorates completely depend on how much water the soil is exposed to, and whether it’s through rainfall or flowing water. The effect water erosion has on the soil can be invisible. Farmers may see a difference in the colour of the soil over time. Farmers can control erosion by putting measures in place – both structural and cultural practises – to improve the soil infiltration to water rate.

Wind erosion

Similar to water, wind can affect the quality of the soil and cause it to erode over time. Farmers can reduce the impact that wind has on the soil by keeping it covered.

Channel erosion

In some cases where erosion is severe, a channel can form in the land if one of the banks in the land is breached.

The irreversible damage that soil erosion has is one of the reasons why farmers are always seeking sustainable solutions and soil management systems to control erosion and protect their agricultural land.

What is erosion control?

Erosion control is the practice of preventing water from eroding the landscape. There are different erosion control methods that farmers can use to stop their land and soil from eroding.

How can farmers control erosion?

Planting vegetation

One way that farmers can control erosion in the soil is by planting vegetation. This method involves planting crops that are suitable for erosion control. These are deep-rooted plants, such as trees or woodland, which diverts surface water into channels.

Contour farming

Another way that farmers can control erosion and manage surface water is physical earthworks to create water channels to divert surface water away from agricultural land. Not only is this method costly, but it’s also timely and disruptive to the environment and biodiversity.

Cover the area with geosynthetic material

Covering the area with geosynthetic materialsheeting is a popular method that farmers use to control erosion. One product that can control erosion and cause minimal damage to the ground is Concrete Canvas. Concrete Canvas is the original Geosynthetic Cementitious Composite Mat (GCCM).

Concrete Canvas is a three-dimensional fibre matrix that contains a specially formulated dry cementitious mix. The PVC backing ensures that Concrete Canvas is completely waterproof while the reinforcement of cementitious mix prevents cracking. As a result, Concrete Canvas is a thin, durable waterproof and lower-carbon alternative to traditional concrete.

Concrete Canvas is one of the most effective ways that farmers from around the world can use to control erosion as it covers the entire soil surface. Using Concrete Canvas to control erosion means there is less concrete in the ground and it can divert surface water efficiently.

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The benefits of using Concrete Canvas

Concrete Canvas has many benefits as an erosion control application, including:

Easy and quick installation

Concrete Canvas is used in the agriculture and farming industries because of its easy and fast installation. The material is laid at a rate that’s ten times faster than conventional solutions that are used to control erosion in farming.

Concrete Canvas is also easy to install and doesn’t require on-site mixing or measuring. Available in batched rolls, Concrete Canvas can be unrolled on the surface fixed into place and hydrated.

Minimal disruption

As Concrete Canvas doesn’t require a large team or equipment to install, the erosion control application is less intrusive to inaccessible and environmentally-sensitive areas.

Cost-effective

The speed and ease of installing Concrete Canvas mean that farmers can cut the costs of time and labour it takes to apply an erosion control measure and preserve the quality of their soil.

Sustainable Alternative

Concrete Canvas is a low mass, lower carbon technology, which uses up to 95% less material than conventional solutions, making it a lower carbon alternative to conventional erosion control methods that farmers can use.

Less specialist equipment and heavy plant

Using Concrete Canvas as an erosion control application requires less specialist equipment and heavy plant, which means less damage to the agricultural land.

 Learn more about Concrete Canvas

For more insight on how farmers can control erosion, specifically by using Concrete Canvas, you can contact our team for more information.

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What is a concrete drainage channel?

A concrete drainage channel is a system which allows the flow of water from one location to another. Used in a range of infrastructures and industries, concrete drainage channels have two common purposes: to convey clean water and to divert excess water. In both instances, a drainage channel serves as an effective way to transport surface water, whilst protecting the surrounding land from damage caused by water erosion.

How to install a concrete drainage channel

If you’re looking for a time-efficient and cost-effective way to install a heavy-duty drainage channel, use Concrete Canvas. Concrete Canvas products are part of a revolutionary class of new, innovative materials called Geosynthetic Cementitious Composite Mats (GCCMs), it is essentially Concrete on a Roll™, making it extremely easy to install as a drainage channel lining. All you need to do is:

  1. Prepare the substrate. To ensure a smooth application, you first need to compact the surface and remove any vegetation, rocks and large voids.
  2. Secure the canvas. Overlap layers and securely joint them together to prevent water ingress and weed growth.
  3. Hydrate the surface. Use water to hydrate the Concrete Canvas surface to activate the concrete and create a solid drainage channel.

The benefits of a concrete drainage channel

The easy installation of Concrete Canvas is just one of the many benefits gained from using it to create a heavy-duty drainage channel. Further benefits of Concrete Canvas are that it is:

  1. Concrete Canvas has a hard armour surface, which protects the drainage channel from punctures, abrasion, weathering and UV. In addition, Concrete Canvas has been BBA certified with a durability in excess of 120 years, making it an extremely long-lasting solution.
  2. Concrete Canvas has been specially designed to be flexible and adaptable. This means it can closely follow the ground profile and fit around existing infrastructure.
  3. Concrete Canvas is made using lower carbon technology, which uses up to 95% less material than other concrete drainage solutions, making it more sustainable to produce and install.
  4. Cost-effective. Concrete Canvas is available in ready-to-use rolls and requires less time and personnel to install, making it a more cost-effective solution than conventional concrete drainage systems. It also requires minimal maintenance once it’s been installed, making it much more affordable in the long run.
  5. Time efficient. Concrete Canvas is ready-to-use and can be installed at a rate of 200m²/hour. With no need to measure or mix materials, Concrete Canvas can be laid up to 10 times faster than conventional concrete drainage systems.

Choose Concrete Canvas for your Drainage Channel

Concrete Canvas has been used across a number of industries to create heavy duty drainage channels. From Road and Rail to Agriculture and Mining, Concrete Canvas has proven to be an effective method of carrying surface water.

If you’re interested in using Concrete Canvas to complete a concrete drainage system, feel free to get in touch. Our team of specialists are on hand to discuss your project and recommend a solution.