The Soil Management Review is an entirely paperwork based affair that Defra invented to satisfy the EU that they were 'doing something' about soil management, without actually doing anything. In fact its an example of the UK civil service learning from our European cousins about how to play the EU system without hamstringing the people on the ground. Thus we have a SPR that is entirely paper based, has zero relevance to what actually happens on the ground (unless you decide to turn your farm into the Somme by some mad farming practice). Defra only want to see that its been filled in, thats it. They will fine you if you don't so they can say to their EU masters 'Look we're enforcing the rules like you told us too'. But beyond that they pretty much let the farmers get on with it. They know we fill the thing in at the end of the year with any old rubbish - they don't care, as long as the farm doesn't look like a warzone. Its the ultimate in 'We pretend to abide by the rules, and you pretend to enforce the rules, and everyone's happy' concepts.Is the Soil Protection Review the biggest load of red tape codswallop that DEFRA have ever written?
Farmers do have common sense, so this should be scrapped.
They could always pass this red tape booklet onto the Environmental Agency and English Nature, as it appears they like flooding everywhere by their miss management!!
Take 10 mins to fill your form in once a year and be very glad Defra have decided this is the way to go - the alternative would not be pretty - loads of inspectors riding on farmers backs 24/7 micro-managing everything every time it rained, preventing all manner of operations from taking place at all.