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Soil Guidance

A wide variety of publicly available (online) soil management guidance has developed over the last twenty years to help farmers measure, monitor, manage and improve their soils.  It has been developed and promoted by a wide variety of organisations - Defra, NGOs, trade bodies – even supermarkets.

We have looked to collate and present a library of the most recent and authoritative of these resources alongside relevant background detail (date, organisation responsible etc.) here:

Soils and Natural Flood Management


Environment Agency

Manual to improve understanding of natural capacity of soils to accept rain water.

Natural Flood Management Handbook



Natural flood management.

Getting the Most from Your Soil


Welsh Government / EA Wales

Guide to land resources management.

Best Farming Practices: Profiting from a good environment


Environment Agency

A guide to soil management for environmental protection and farm profitability.

Think Soils Manual



The ‘think soils’ manual is a practical guide to soil assessment.