Seven Ways to Save Our Soils
In order to meet the target for 20% more soil organic matter (SOM) in the next 20 years, we have set out seven key areas where we need action.
The state of UK soils
Our soils are degrading, and so, therefore, is the long-term ability for farmers to keep up food production.
Compaction and signs of surface runoff are visible in many fields, which can increase the risk of localised flooding.
Arable and horticultural soils are losing soil organic matter, a crucial component for farm health.
Research suggests that while allotment holders are managing to secure soil health, farmers in the same area are losing soil nutrients and organic matter.
Things need to change, and fast. All farmers and growers should have a common goal to protect, maintain and build their most vital asset - soil.