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We would like your help to shape a future Soil Policy for Wales for the sustainable management of soils.

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13 July 2022
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Introduction

Soil is an important resource for farmers, the Welsh environment and society. We owe our existence to a thin layer of soil and the fact it rains.

To support the sustainable management of soils, we are developing a Soils Policy Statement. This will set out our position on agricultural soils. It will include the opportunities, threats and challenges to achieve sustainable soils.

How can you help?

Farmers play a crucial role managing soils in the 80% of Wales under agricultural use. It is important that the Soil Policy Statement uses your experience and knowledge. We have asked ADAS to carry out workshops with farmers to understand:

  • your experience of soil management
  • your perspectives on the findings of the Soil Evidence Review

These findings will help to shape the Soils Policy Statement.

Who would we like to speak to?

We are looking for farmers from across Wales to take part. We would like to include the full range of farm type and size. If you are interested in taking part, we will ask you for some general information about your farm. This will help us design the workshops and ensure all types of farms in Wales are represented.

What does taking part involve?

ADAS will be conducting workshops online for small groups of farmers, lasting up to two hours. The workshops will take place in August and September. They will allow us to:

  • listen to your views on soils
  • discuss the proposed objectives for the soil policy statement

What will happen to any information I give?

We will bring together the views of everyone who has taken part in the workshops into a report. We won’t use any names or information that could identify you in this report:

  • anything discussed at the workshops will be anonymised
  • no comments will be attributable to individuals

You can find our more information in our Developing a Soils Policy Statement for Wales: privacy notice.

Do I have to take part?

This is an opportunity for you to help shape the future of sustainable soil management in Wales. Participation is completely voluntary. If you do decide to take part you may choose to stop participating at any point without giving a reason. You can also choose not to talk about certain topics.

How can I take part?