The community hub for all things soil
Life on earth depends on healthy soil and yet it is often forgotten about and taken for granted. We're here to help change that. uksoils will bring together information to inspire us all to learn more about soil and help build communities to take action to improve soil health.
We launched on the 4th December 2020 in support of World Soil Day. Please
Soil health pioneers
Discover beacons of regional good practice in soil management across the UK. Are you a soil health pioneer? Let us add you to our map.
Soil Superheroes: 50 trillion
Listen to UKCEH's latest 'Counting the Earth' podcast episode & delve into the vital statistics of earthworms. Features UKCEH scientists & Ellen Fay from Sustainable Soils Alliance.
Surveying worms: Activity and video
Find out more about earthworms and how to record them in your soils!
Painting by Edward Hutchison, soil and microbes
“To be a successful farmer one must first know the nature of the soil”Xenophon, Ancient Greek philosopher and historian
“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt"Margaret Atwood, Author
“To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves”Mahatma Gandhi, Indian activist
“... I cannot conceive of the time when knowledge of soils will be complete. Our expectation is that our successors will build on what has been done, as we are building on the work of our predecessors”R.S. Smith, Director of the Illinois Soil Survey
“We know more about the movement of celestial bodies than about the soil underfoot”
Leonardo Da Vinci
“A nation that destroys its soil, destroys itself"
President Franklin Roosevelt, America’s longest serving president
“My papa made me taste soil at the age of seven. That soil was incredible. It was gritty and it sucked the life out of my mouth, but there was acidity, sourness and sweetness”
Raymond Blanc, Chef