Soil Management Projects
Good soil health and management can have many benefits for farm productivity as well as for wildlife and biodiversity. Improving soil structure can improve drainage reducing compaction and flooding, reduce nutrient loss from runoff, and increase grass growth through deeper rooted plants and improved mineral and nutrient uptake. Permanent pasture managed in a low input or regenerative grazing agricultural system can be a major storage of carbon alongside woodlands, hedgerows and peatlands.
Soil health is a priority for ELMs. Payments are available for the management of grasslands and moorlands in an environmentally sustainable way through the ELMs schemes. One of the requirements for this is to complete a soil assessment and produce a soil management plan, which is something we can provide advice and guidance on. We also work closely with regenerative farmers and ecology advisers, so we can help with providing baseline surveys and grazing plans if you are thinking about changing your farming system or entering agri-environment schemes.
For more information and advice on soil management please visit https://ahdb.org.uk/greatsoils and https://www.soilassociation.org/farmers-growers/low-input-farming-advice/soil-health/