Exciting news! We’re exhibiting at the Farm Business Innovation Show next week, 8th and 9th November at the NEC.
If you need advice on how to diversify your rural business with water, come and see us on stand 934. Our splashpad expert Greg, will be holding a not to be missed speaker event. Other speakers include Michael Evis, Doug Gurr and Geoff Sansome!
We have recently been tasked with carrying out refurbishments and upgrade works to a number of borehole head works.
A borehole is a narrow shaft drilled into the ground, vertically or at an angle for a number of purposes such as water extraction, gas or petroleum extraction, mineral exploration, site assessment, geotechnical investigation, groundwater monitoring and a number of other purposes. The borehole may be a few meters or hundreds of meters deep. Typically the hole is drilled into an aquifer and then lined with a solid pipe over part of its depth and then a mesh screen or filter pipe to support the bore and keep the hole open through fissured rock, sands or gravel.
The head works can take various forms, from simply a steel pipe protruding from the ground, to a walk in kiosk set on a concrete base. Most commonly, monitoring boreholes tend to be accessed via a shallow chamber with a removable access cover.
Artesian boreholes occur when the aquifer in to which they are drilled is under pressure. This is usually due to the confinement of the aquifer beneath an impermeable layer which is at a lower level than the hydrostatic equilibrium of the aquifer as a whole.
Aquifers can occur at any depth but for monitoring purposes in the UK boreholes are commonly drilled to depths of 10m – 90m. One of the deepest boreholes ever drilled is the Kola Superdeep in Russia. This borehole was drilled in the 1970”s by the Soviet Union as part of a scientific experiment and achieved a depth of 12,262m – that’s over seven and a half miles!
The boreholes we help to maintain are used by our client to monitor groundwater levels. Groundwater level data is an important aid for flood forecasting as the more water that is in the ground, the less rain water can be absorbed. High groundwater levels can also mean high river levels and therefore less drainage capacity. It is also useful to know when groundwater levels are low, as this can often indicate the possibility of an impending water shortage.
The groundwater level has traditionally been measured by lowering a weighted tape measure with two electrodes in the bottom of the weight down the borehole tube. When the weight touches the water, the circuit is completed and a buzzer on the tape reel sounds. The depth is measured against a fixed datum point.
Many boreholes now are fitted with telemetry systems which enable the groundwater levels to be monitored remotely and consistently, with a reduced requirement for manned site attendance.
We are often tasked with the modification of existing borehole head works to enable the installation of automated measuring and telemetry systems.
The picture shows the cabinet mounted over the top of the headworks, an adjacent earthing point with a copper pin driven into the ground, and four marker posts to locate the installation in the verge. On the back of the cabinet is a solar panel to power the data logger and telemetry equipment.
We are pleased to announce that Kingcombe Aquacare has joined the Stonbury (Holdings) Ltd, group of companies based near Bedford.
All at Kingcombe are excited by the news and look forward to exploring the possibilities that this new opportunity gives us. For our customers it remains business as usual. We will carry on with our work as before and you will deal with the same members of staff, but confident in the knowledge that we now have Stonbury’s expertise and backing to draw on as well.
To find out more about Stonbury please visit their website.
Over the past few months a team from Kingcombe have been raising money in aid of Cancer Research UK. Not only have we raised money by holding fundraising events such as raffles and a pub Olympics, but on the 22nd July, the team took part in the ‘Relay for Life’ in Crewkerne.
This involved John, Theresa, Scott, Kevin, Becky, Kimberley, Rosenn, Nick, Mike and Graham, along with support from our family and friends, to set up camp and take turns to walk round a track for an epic 24 hours!
Throughout the event there were themed slots which involved the team dressing up in funny outfits. These included Glam Rock, Onesies, Glow in the Dark, Masquerade, Superheroes & Princesses and a Miss Relay section for men only where Nick, Kevin and Scott got their glad rags on and strutted around the track!
We have nearly raised our goal of an amazing £2,000. This will support Cancer Research UK’s life-saving research into preventing, controlling and curing all cancers. Every step we make towards beating cancer relies on every pound donated and any donation will make a real difference!
We would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported us over the past few months. All of the companies who have supplied us with gifts for our raffles, people who have donated and our friends & family.
We are a National Company based in Somerset, specialising in creating and maintaining waterscapes for business and leisure. An exciting opportunity has arisen in our Maintenance division. We currently have positions available based in both Bristol and Crewkerne.
This position includes carrying out regular maintenance tasks for a wide range of water features on both commercial and private properties. The work is likely to include operating specialist machinery, weed cutting and control, herbicide application, seine netting, electro-fishing, fish transportation, planting, bank revetment and maintenance, liner installation and repairs as well as larger construction projects.
To be considered for the role you will have the following skills:
Relevant grounds or water maintenance experience would be an advantage.
Hold a current CSCS card
Able to establish good working relationships with clients, agents & sub-contractors.
Hold a clean driving licence and must be willing to travel nationally and occasionally work away.
Benefits for this role include a competitive salary & working away allowances
For an application form please call Rosenn Harvey 01460 279200
For the second year running we have taken part in the invasive non-native species control as part of the Heritage Lottery Funded New Forest ‘Our Past, Our Future’ Landscape Partnership Scheme.
American skunk-cabbage (Lysichiton americanus) is present in several locations in and around the New Forest National Park.
Under European Union regulations, it is an offence in the UK to keep, cultivate, breed, transport, sell or exchange this species, or release it, intentionally or unintentionally, into the environment.
American skunk cabbage is a large, imposing perennial producing paddle-shaped leaves up to 1.5 metres tall and yellow arum-like flowers in spring that are spectacular but foul-smelling (hence the name). Originally from western North America, it was widely available from garden centres and nurseries for planting besides ponds and in bog gardens.
It spreads vigorously in wet woodland, wetlands and ditches, forming dense stands that out-compete native vegetation by shading and smothering. Reproduction by seed in the wild is frequent. It has been reported in at least 10 EU countries.
We are just recording the results from our late May treatment and the dieback looks promising.
The large site presents awkward access bordering a lake and approximately 1 hectare of boggy woodland often requiring a long walk in full PPE and a heavy Knapsack. Due to the densities of the plants we have used spray paint to mark individual plants and a flag system to help navigate the woodland.
To learn more about weed control, please click here
Yesterday saw a miraculous change at Old Ford Lock on the Regents Canal in Tower Hamlets, East London.
We are working under contract to Fountains, carrying out ongoing maintenance work for the Canal and River Trust. One of our “Aquatractor” weed boats works on the London canals through out the summer, cutting weed, removing litter and keeping the waterways looking their best.
The week leading up to the May bank holiday saw us commissioning a new childrens splash pad at Sandymouth Holiday Resort, in Bude, Cornwall.
This was the final piece of work for us to complete on this project ready to hand over to the Client in preparation for their opening at the weekend. Normally we would be finished and commissioned with time to spare but we were reliant on others for power and water connections and to complete the finishing around our work. We understand that everything went well despite thunder and lightning on the Friday night. We are happy to announce that our equipment worked well without any problems for the holiday makers and in the words of one mother on Facebook – “my little man loved it”
So well done to everyone from Kingcombe who helped make this scheme a success, and added to the enjoyment of the resort’s customers.
To visit the Sandymouth Resort Facebook page, please click here
A great time was had by all when the Kingcombe Team came together on the weekend to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the company. A family BBQ was held on the Saturday afternoon at Cann Farm, John and Theresa Colton’s home, accompanied by a water slide, paddling pools, football goals and the biggest bubble maker known to man! In the evening over 90 of our clients, suppliers and staff sat down to a four course meal, including a duck breast starter and a crayfish and water buffalo main course. Washed down with some great wine, followed up by fabulous music and entertainment courtesy of the band Area 52, it proved to be a barnstormer of an evening and an appropriate way for us to thanks to those present for all their support over those 30 years.
However, that thanks spreads beyond the sore heads, hoarse voices and weary limbs of the revellers on that evening. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to all of our clients who have placed their faith in Kingcombe over the years, many of whom have become firm friends in the process. We also need to remember our suppliers, be they a one man band or a large national company. Our supply chain is critical to the success of our performance on site, without their diligence and reliable service it would be impossible to achieve the quality goals that we set ourselves. The Kingcombe Team is a very broad kirk, and we welcome this opportunity to extend our thanks to all those who have helped us to achieve this notable milestone.
Whilst it is tempting at a moment like this to dwell on the achievements of the past, I am excited to say that the heady mix of youth and maturity, male and female, innovation and experience, that now makes up the Kingcombe Team, prepares us so well for the challenges that lie ahead. Coming straight off the back of being involved in the building of water features on no less than four – yes, four – Gold Medal winning gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show last month (http://kingcombe.com/2017/05/chelsea-flower-show-success/), our 30th Celebration was not so much a recognition of our achievements in the past, more a statement of intent for what we hope to achieve in the future.