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: 23 June

    The SSA with the UK Farm Soil Carbon Code Consortium submitted a response to the UK Government's call for evidence on a Green Finance Strategy. Read our response below.

  • SSA Update: 24 May

    The SSA hosted a workshop on Soils in the Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) in partnership with Defra. Read the workshop report below.

  • SSA Update: 13 May

    We responded to Defra's Nature Recovery Green Paper highlighting the ways in which soil health is crucial to protected sites and species and the current policy and research gaps that need addressing.

  • SSA Update: 03 May

    Our Spring Newsletter is out! Includes links to the summary and recording of the UK Farm Soil Carbon Code workshop, and a quarterly update on our projects, policy work and engagements. 

  • SSA Update: 04 April

    The UK Farm Soil Carbon Code (UKFSCC) Consortium held its third stakeholder workshop on 4th April. Watch or rewatch the workshop using the link below.

  • SSA Update: 10 March

    We responded to the UK Climate Change Commission's Call for Evidence on carbon offsets, highlighting the role of soil carbon on behalf of the UK Farm Soil Carbon Consortium.

  • SSA Update: 15 February

    We responded to DAERA's consultation on future agricultural policy proposals for Northern Ireland, including the participation in soil testing as a condition for the Resilience Payment.

  • SSA Update: 07 January

    We hosted an online session at the Oxford Real Farming Conference with the Soil Association and WWF on 'Getting Soils In SHAPE - Putting Soils At The Heart Of UK Farming Policy’. Watch or rewatch using the link below.

  • SSA Update: 16 December

    Our Winter Newsletter is out! Including a timeline of our main acheivements in 2021 and a quarterly update of our projects, policy work and engagement.

  • SSA Update: 03 December

    We published a new report Soil in the UK Supply Chain: How the food and drink industry can support the transition to sustainable, regenerative agriculture and Net Zero ahead of World Soil Day on Sunday. The report examines the soil health initiatives pursued by major food and drink businesses in the UK and sets out 5 recommendations.

The Week in Soil: 12 August

The ongoing drought is causing speculation as to the impact of the dry weather on the soil and crop yield, with concerns that - if the drought continues until Autumn, soils will likely to be too dry for farmers to drill new crops.  The NFU are calling on the two Conservative leadership candidates to pay more attention to...

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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