Soil in policy around the UK

Our soils are influenced by a wide range of government policies including farming regulations and enforcement, investment in research and monitoring and the provision of official advice, training and guidance. Brexit means that governments in all four devolved nations now have the opportunity and responsibility to weave these elements together into policy frameworks that ensure we safeguard and improve our soils for future generations and ensure we meet international environmental commitments.

A nation that destroys its soil, destroys itself." President Franklin Roosevelt

This page is currently under construction. In the meantime, you might want to visit the site of one of our founding members where you can find more about the recent national soils policy updates.

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Sustainable Farming Incentive: how the scheme will work in 2022

Defra document explaining the Sustainable Farming Incentive and how the scheme will work in 2022.
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Sustainable, healthy, and resilient: Practice-based approaches to land and soil management (2020)

A policy report that addresses key issues around food security, emissions from farming, and the future of agriculture.
The community hub for all things soil

uksoils is a consortium of scientific, campaigning and awareness raising organisations, all with a specialist knowledge of soil health, founded by UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Sustainable Soils Alliance, Earthwatch and University of Sheffield.