Soil Association head of horticulture Ben Raskin is leading the project. "Most growers understand that soil is important to the food they produce but find it difficult to keep up to date with the latest techniques and best practice," he said. "GREAT Soils helps to share existing research and methods for soil management as well as give growers practical advice and develop new, appropriate approaches to caring for soil."
Different topics will be covered quarterly, ranging from how soil organic matter and soil health work together to form productive fertile soil to detailed examinations of soil life and soil testing.
In partnership with the Soil Association, Organic Research Centre and Earthcare Technical, AHDB Horticulture will review and summarise existing soil health and assessment methods, identifying the usability, relevance and acceptance of each in consultation with growers.