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Domestic policy: Soil Strategy (2008) / Soil Action Plan (2004-2006)

Introduction: Soil Strategy for England (2008), Soil Action Plan (2004-2006), Soil Action Plan Final Report



Soil Strategy for England (2008)

The First Soil Action Plan for England (2004-2006) has provided us with a good foundation but there is still much to be done to improve the management of soils to deliver a wide range of benefits to society and to improve the measures we use to achieve this. A draft Soil Strategy for England is currently out for public consultation, to succeed the First Soil Action Plan for England.

The draft Soil Strategy for England takes stock of progress under the Action Plan, as well as taking forward emerging priorities for soil protection on maintaining soil carbon and the recycling of organic wastes to land.


Defra issued a public consultation on the draft Soil Strategy for England on 31 March 2008. The consultation seeks to obtain views on Defra’s proposals. The deadline for responses to the consultation is 23 June 2008.

Soil action plan for England (2004-2006)

The First Soil Action Plan for England: 2004-2006 was published in May 2004. The Action Plan was developed and overseen by an advisory forum of key other government departments and agencies, environmental non-governmental organisations and academics.

Final Report

The Final Report of progress for the Soil Action Plan (to December 2007) illustrates that good progress was made over the duration of the Action Plan.

Interim Annual Reports were published in 2005 and 2006.

Further information relating to the Action Plan, including meeting papers and newsletters, can be obtained from the Defra Soils Policy Team (email: soils@defra.gsi.gov.uk).

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