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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: 21 September

    The SSA has responded to The Environmental Audit Committee's call for evidence on the current and future role of natural capital in the green economy.

  • SSA Update: 15 August

    Following the final session of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Comate’s inquiry into soil health, the SSA responds to the evidence given by Farming Minister Mark Spencer.

  • SSA Update: 22 June

    Read the SSA's press release on Defra's recent updates to the Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) - calling for greater clarity around soil measurement, data collection, and alignment to the private marketplace.

  • SSA Update: 10 May

    The Sustainable Soils Alliance, with expert input, wrote a briefing note on Defra's Soil Standards, including observations and recommendations to share with policymakers.

  • SSA Update: 29 March

    The Soil Health Industry Platform's (SHIP) first annual progress report is available online. The Platform was established last year by the SSA to foster collaboration and cooperation in the field of soil health among major UK food and drink businesses. 

  • SSA Update: 8 March

    SSA Executive director Matthew Orman gave evidence today at the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee inquiry into soil health alongside representatives from BSSS, Client Earth, CPRE, the Society for the Environment and UKCEH. Watch the full session here:

The Week in Soil: 01 December

In a package of measures announced by the UK government, 34 projects have been awarded payment as part of DEFRA’s Landscape Recovery scheme, which aim to protect woodland and restore peatlands. Also announced was the long anticipated legislation for Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) which requires large housebuilders to delive...

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

Soil Library

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

Soil Policy

Policy Focused Research

Soil Guidance

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Sustainable Soils Alliance

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