Soil in woodlands and nature

Our forests and ancient woodlands contain some of our oldest, most varied and most carbon-rich soils. In fact, there is more carbon in forest soils in Great Britain than in the trees themselves. A soil can tell you a huge amount about the forest above it - both past and future. It acts as a critical indicator of woodland health and a repository of important archaeological and historical evidence accumulated throughout the ages.

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Secrets of the soil

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An issue of the Woodland Trust's Woodwise magazine from 2016 featuring a series of articles on woodland soils.

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Garden Organic

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A series of articles on how to look after the soil in your gardening patch, from how to test it to how to protect it in the winter months.

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Getting your Nitrogen Fix: How to make Green Manure

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Find out more on green manures, what they are and why they're great for soil health.

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Garden Soil 101

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Six ground rules for preparing the soil in your gardening patch.

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Soil Types

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An easy guide to knowing your soil type, to help you choose the right plants for your garden and maintain them in good health.

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