BASIS Points Available Webinar - 10th June - Soils: the heart of a sustainable system - 14:15 to 15:00

What are the best indicators of soil health?

  • Soil organic matter

    Votes: 1 12.5%
  • soil biology (fauna life)

    Votes: 5 62.5%
  • Compaction /erosion

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Visual soil assessment test

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Water retention / nutrient retention /crop yield

    Votes: 2 25.0%

  • Total voters



Chaired by Caroline Drummond, LEAF CEO

This session explores ways to improve soil health – key to creating a resilient economically and environmentally sustainable farming system
Clive Bailye @Clive , TWB Farms, Staffordshire, was the inaugural Soil Farmer of the Year in 2016, and discusses how he is using cover cropping, zero tillage and rotational diversity to improve soil fertility.
•Tom Chapman, Innovation4Agriculture, reviews the soil health benefits and practicalities of introducing animals into an arable system
•Julian Gold is putting controlled traffic farming and minimal tillage at the heart of his strategy to prioritise soil health on his 750ha arable business.
•Sam Walker shares his organic farming best practice to improve soil health on his organic beef and arable farmer at Stantyway Farm, Offerton.



Caroline Drummond MBE, Hon DSc, NSch

Caroline Drummond MBE, Hon DSc, NSch, Chief Executive - LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming)

Julian Gold

Julian Gold, Farm Manager, Hendred Estate, Oxfordshire

Sam Walker

Sam Walker, Tenant farmer

Tom Chapman

Tom Chapman - Innovation4Agriculture

New report underlines need for joined-up action to protect rivers

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New report underlines need for joined-up action to protect rivers

Written by Defra Press Office

A wide river is in view in a valley in the background, a drystone wall is behind the river, and large, green trees are prominent in the scene.

The Rivers Trust has today launched its State of Our Rivers report aiming to allow the English public understand and explore the health of their rivers on a national and local scale.

Environment Minister Rebecca Pow and Environment Agency Director John Leyland attended the launch panel to discuss the ways in which the...