Championing the urgent restoration of Britain's deteriorating soil to prevent flooding, mitigate the effects of climate change and promote national food security


A partnership of farming organisations, businesses, NGOs, applied science and academia working together to restore our soils to health within one generation.




Latest News

  • SSA Update: 25 August

    We have published a briefing note on soil’s critical place in Defra's Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) scheme, one of three new schemes that will help England transition from CAP direct payments and pave the way to the introduction of Environmental Land Management in 2024

  • SSA Update: 25 August

    We have published two tables on the SFI (England) Arable and Horticultural Soils Standard and Improved Grassland Soils Standard with the requirements for the Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced level.

  • SSA Update: 27 July

    We have published a workshop summary of the public and stakeholder event we hosted with the Soil Association “Landscape to carbonscape: the roadmap to a soil carbon marketplace” on 14th July.

  • SSA Update: 14 July

    A consortium of farmers, academics, technology businesses and NGOs led by the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group South-West (FWAG), of which the SSA is part, has been awarded a grant under the Environment Agency’s Investment Readiness Fund to develop and pilot a UK Farm Soil Carbon Code.

The Week in Soil: 24 September

On Wednesday, five of the UK’s leading regulatory bodies called for greater action and investment to reverse the decline of biodiversity by 2030. Their Nature Positive 2030 report draws on examples of good practices that exist across the UK to present solutions that can be scaled up to achieve change, including agroecolo...

Our Work


Soils policy is about more than just government activity.  Indeed, we campaign for action and policy change by a wide range of players: farming, urban and woodland; corporate and agency; national, regional and local; voluntary and regulatory.

Stakeholder Events

Stakeholder events have been a cornerstone of our campaigning activities since our launch in 2017.

Consultation & Policy Responses

We respond to calls for evidence to ensure that soil health is at the heart of this decision-making with views representative of our Science Panel, Strategic Advisory Board and broader membership

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Visit our collection of online resources on soil health, science and policy.

Soil Policy

Policy Focused Research

Soil Guidance

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