Wednesday 13 November

09.00: Coffee and Registration

09.30: Welcome Address

10.30: Soil Innovation and Research

This session focus on the latest research and innovation in relation to soil.

12.00: Organic lunch and time to network and visit trade stands

13.30 - 15.00:  This session will be split into a grower and a livestock session.

Livestock Session: Grazing for health

15.00 - 15.30: Tea and Coffee

15.15 - 16.30: Go with the flow: water management on farms

16:30: Session Close

17:00 - 19:00: There will be a number of activities taking place prior to the evening meal:

  • Film Screening - The Moo Man followed by a Q&A with Stephen Hook and Phil Hook (Organic farmer featured in the film)
  • Soil Culture Art Exhibition - The Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World will host 'The Taste of Place' and 'Painting with soil pigments'
  • 'Cause for concern' - Blues band music courtesy of David Wilson (Farm Manager at Duchy Home Farm) and friends.
  • The British Society of Soil Science will host a demonstration on soil texturing and a 'mystery' soil type for delegates to class – the closest to the correct answer will win a collection of soil atlases! We will also look at issues of compaction, nutrient and water movements.
  • Free access to the @Bristol museum
  • A cash bar will open from 17.30pm

A hearty evening meal will be served to delegates using fresh local and organic ingredients.

20:45: After dinner speech (George Ferguson - Mayor of Bristol)

21:15: Music courtesy of Tom Hartley (Soil Association Certification Officer / classically trained pianist) and 'Cause for Concern' as per above.

23.00: Close

Thursday 14 November

8.30 - 9.00  Breakfast courtesy of Soil Association Certification Limited

Soil Association Certification will be sponsoring a breakfast for all delegates. Over a bacon sarnie (or vegetarian alternative) you will have the opportunity to meet members of the business development and certification teams, discuss marketing opportunities and get answers on any technical queries. There will also be a short presentation on the nature of the Organic Market's recent growth, the newly approved Copy Advice Claims for direct selling of organic produce and the marketing campaigns being run by Soil Association Certification to help grow demand for organic products.

9.30 - 11.00: This session will be split into a grower and a livestock session.
Grower Session: Protected Cropping and Composting

Livestock Session:

11.00: Tea and Coffee

11.30: Soil Trailblazers
This session will explore three farming case studies and focus on their best practice techniques. Our speakers include:

13.00: Formal Close

13.15: Refreshments and a light organic lunch with time to visit trade stands

Please contact Astrid Toner via email at with any queries regarding this event.

Soil Symposium


British Society of Soil ScienceCarbon GoldParticle ProductionsWestern SeedsWoodland TrustYour Day FoundationAbacus OrganicLow Carbon FarmingNRM LaboratoriesFarm Carbon Cutting Toolkit

This event is supported by the Royal Agricultural University and partners under the Skills Programme, a Rural Development Programme for England funded initiative.

Royal Agricultural University   Defra

Supported by the Duchy Originals Future Farming Programme

We would like to thank all of our sponsors for supporting this event. Without their kind support, we would have been unable to offer a reduced ticket price to delegates.