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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:

Soil Structure and its Benefits


Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution

This report synthesises the evidence on the relationship between soil structure and benefits, focusing mainly on agricultural, mineral soil.

Soils, fertilisers & manures



Series of factsheets covering a range of soils and soil quality issues.

Soil Analysis & Management


Institute of Organic Training and Advice / Defra

Soil analysis guidance.

The Identification of Soils for Forest Management


Forest Research

Providing rapid soil identification for good soil and forest management.

A Guide to Better Soil Structure


National Soil Resource Institute / Cranfield University

Guidance for protecting and enhancing soil structure.