AN investigation has been continuing to look into the flooding and drainage problems at Fullarton Woods in Troon.

Friends of Fullarton (FoF) have been working closely with undergraduate student, Laura Halliday and supervisor Dr Doug Bertram from the civil engineering department at the University of Strathclyde, who carried out a number of site visits and findings.

On Wednesday, May 16, FoF hosted a meeting for both Laura and Dr Bertram to present their findings.

Crawford Young, of FoF, said: “After many months of site visits, sometimes in very cold, wet, and wind conditions, and taking over 100 different readings on each visit, Laura produced a very detailed and well-structured report.

“The report confirms what many locals have known for many years in that the site is located in a sump and that the lack of gradient between the wood and the sea means that all the rain water is slow to drain away in relation to how fast it arrives.

“However, Laura’s report also added further detail in describing the various soil types encountered and how these influences the drainage, or lack of, in and around the woodland.

“Ideas came out of [the meeting] that could be used as the basis for further studies by the University in conjunction with the Friends of Fullarton. Hopefully we’ll be seeing many more students being involved in the real-life application of their theoretical knowledge.

“The information [presented] will also help decide the Friend of Fullarton’s strategy for replanting within the woodland.”

 Dr Doug Bertram, added: "The University of Strathclyde have been working with the Friends of Fullarton Woods in carrying out a hydrological study of surface water management and drainage in the area of Fullarton woods. 

"Our studies have focused on the drainage system and response to rainfall and identify possible factors that may contribute to changes in the water flows through the woods. 

"The study will help the Friends of Fullarton Woods identify options and opportunities to work with the natural environment to bring benefit to the woodland area."