Topsoil standards revised to embrace product developments

BSI's topsoil standards have been revised to reflect the increased use of composted green waste.

Topsoil standards revised     Image: HW
Topsoil standards revised Image: HW
The business standards company has also made changes to the BS 3882 Specification for topsoil to reflect users’ experience and growing knowledge and introduced a new cheaper and safer organic matter test.

The standard offers requirements and guidance for topsoil composition and transportation, and supports the landscape industry by reducing the risk of multiple user-driven specifications.

It sets out requirements for classifying and composition of topsoil, including characteristics like texture, aciditiy and contaminants. It also includes advice about soil handling to ensure the topsoil is not degraded during handling.

Multipurpose topsoils, acidic, calcareous and other specialist soils that are moved or traded are all covered.

David Fatscher, head of market development for sustainability at BSI, said: "Standards are revised regularly to ensure that they are current and appropriate to the matter they are addressing. BS 3882 provides requirements and guidance on the composition and transportation of all types of topsoil. By specifying BS 3882, customers will achieve better outcomes for most landscaping and planning projects."

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