Land Drainage

Land Drainage For Sports Surfaces

Land Drainage

Fairways specialise in the drainage of all types of sports turf and pitches. Field drainage systems can be installed quickly with little disruption to the playing surface so that you can drain today and play tomorrow.

Primary Sports Field Drainage

The removal of excess soil water from a localised area on a fairway, football pitch or race course is going to require the installation of perforated land drainage pipes. The majority of piped systems today would be installed with the main drain off to the side of the playing surface or fairway with lateral piping connected to this main drain at evenly spaced intervals of 5, 7, or 10 metres. 

Secondary Sports Field Drainage

If you need to speed up the flow of soil water from your sports pitch surface a secondary drainage system can be superimposed over a piped primary drainage scheme.

Fairways offer three different secondary sports field drainage techniques:

Sand slitting/Slit trench drainage

This is the most common forms of secondary drainage and involves the digging of 50mm wide gravel or sand filled slits spaced 1 – 2 metres apart. The slits are typically 250mm deep and are backfilled with 150mm gravel and 100mm of coarse sand.

This is most suited to systems installed during drier conditions, and when the grass is still growing to knit over the trenches.

Gravel Banding Drainage

Closely spaced gravel bands (each approx 20 – 25mm wide) are injected in the playing surface by a vibrating channel opener.  As no soil is removed, surface disturbance is minimal and play can resume immediately.
This is most suited to systems installed when the soil moisture is high usually during the winter months.


The playing surface is verti-drained and then a suitable coarse sand is spread across the pitch and drag-matted in to the holes to keep the surface permeable by creating porous fissures in the surface enabling rain water to pass quickly in to the drainage system below. This can be undertaken at any time during the year and is recommended for maintaining the efficiency of an existing drainage system.

Why Choose Fairways?


Our team comprises professionals with extensive experience in various types of land drainage solutions.


We use the latest best practices to ensure the durability and longevity of our land drainage installations.


We strive to complete our projects on time without compromising on quality.

Comprehensive Service

From initial planning to execution, we provide end-to-end land drainage services.

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