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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: March 2024

    The SSA has responded to the Welsh government's Sustainable Farming Scheme consultatoin which is designed to replace Common Agricultural Policy subsidies post Brexit. 

  • SSA Update: February 2024

    We have published the 2023 Soil Health Industry Platform (SHIP) report which outlines a summary of industry actions for the protection of soil health in 2023, and the platform's priorities for the coming year. 

  • SSA Update: February 2024

    We have updated our repsone to the 2021 Farming Rules for Water regulatory review following a call from the Defra Water Quality and Agriculture Team.

  • SSA Update: January 2024

    The SSA team were in Oxford in Janaury for the Oxford Farming Conference and Oxford Real Farming Conference. Read our summary of all things soil below!

  • SSA Update: January 2024

    We are excited to be part of the recently announced Land Use for Net Zero (LUNZ) hub, with £6.25 million funding from UKRI.

  • SSA Update: December 2023

    Following the publication of the EFRA committee's report into soil health in England, the SSA summarises the key takeaways in a briefing note. 

  • SSA Update: November 2023

    The eighth Soil Health Industry Platform (SHIP) meeting was held in November, which members on policies and projects relevant to the six action areas which underpin the SHIP commitment. 

  • 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.

The Week in Soil: 19 April

Following criticism of the Government’s new Farming Recovery Fund, which provides grants of between £500 and £25,000 to farmers impacted by Storm Henk, the requirement for eligible farms to be within 150 metres from main rivers has been removed. The original criteria had meant that some farms where up to 90% of land was ...

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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