Soil-specific briefing notes, articles, and consultation responses from the SSA team, Science Panel and Strategic Advisory Board. All our outputs are available for you to view, download and print. 

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Moccas Park Soil Study Day

The SSA, in partnership with Treework Experimental Practice soils dept, provided a study workshop for Natural England staff at Moccas Park on soil health and the implications for good soil management for the benefit of trees in sites with high biodiversity & conservation value.

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Environment Bill: Inquiry Response

The SSA formally responded to Defra’s Consultation on the Environment Bill draft clauses in February this year. Our submission examined the Bill through the specific prism of soil health, and we are lobbying for soil health to be included in its metrics & targets.

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Soils in the 25 YEP: Our recommendations to Defra

Following the Soil Health Indicators workshop, and at Defra’s request, we presented the department with a set of soil health indicators developed by the SSA Science Panel. This is the first time an agreed set of metrics for nationwide soil health has ever been formally requested, and we delivered the document within a given one-month timeframe. The SSA will continue to engage with and advise Defra as the indicator development continues.

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The Rationale for Healthy Soils as a Headline Indicator in the 25 YEP

Reasoning behind our Science Panel’s proposal for the inclusion of ‘healthy soils’ as a headline indicator within the 25 Year Environment Plan. Healthy Soils are central to many of the 25 YEP’s objectives: any policy instrument that fails to adequately recognise, and prioritise, soil’s pivotal role risks failing in its core objective of understanding how the environment as a whole is changing and why.

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Soil Health Indicators: Workshop report

Defra asked SSA to convene a workshop of Soil stakeholders and experts to examine how to develop a healthy soils indicator for the 25 YEP Indicators which will be used to check progress towards its goals of reducing pressures on the environment; improving the state of environmental assets; and increasing the benefits that we get from those assets. This report outlines the proceedings of the workshop and has informed further discussions within Defra.

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Soil Health & Tree Disease: A Practical Workshop

The SSA joined forces with Treework Environmental Practice and others to deliver a one-day practical workshop in soil assessment approaches to tree health, sweet chestnut ink disease and dieback.

Greenwich Park, June 2018

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Soil Champion appointed to Natural Capital Committee

SSA Science Panel Chair, Professor Chris Collins, has been appointed  to the committee which advises government on the importance of natural capital for sustainable economic growth, health and wellbeing.

Defra, 20 June 2018

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Taking the Initiative to Deliver Soil Health for Agricultural Soils

The SSA are delighted to be joining a new initiative to increase understanding and improve the health of soils across UK farmland for generations to come.

Cereals, Cambs, 13 June 2018

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A brighter future for farming and our countryside

Summary & full report from the Sustainable Soils Alliance following the Defra / Sustain workshop

10 April 2018

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The 25 YEP: Grounds for Optimism or Barren Landscape?

SSA report following the event organised and hosted by the Sustainable Soils Alliance

Westminster, 13 March 2018

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A Green Future, Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment

SSA written submission to the Environmental Audit Committee inquiry

February 2018

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Call to Action

The Sustainable Soils Alliance 8 policy asks to form the pillars of a coherent and ambitious future soils strategy

January 2018

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Launch report & policy asks

Full report of the SSA Parliamentary Launch including contributions, policy asks and moving forward

23 October 2017

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Report & discussion points

The SSA report of our initial Alliance Commitment Meeting including attendees, goals and discussion points

16 December 2016