Biodiverse soils in and around Seaford

Soil structure supports biodiversity by providing a diverse range of habitats for the many organisms that live within it. In turn, soil organisms, such as earthworms, can directly alter the structure of the soil.

Plant root systems release compounds which can bind soil particles together. The relationship between soil structure and soil communities is complex and different groups of organisms respond differently to changes in soil structure.

When managed sustainably, soils can play an important role in climate change mitigation by storing carbon (carbon sequestration) and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere.

Unfortunately our soils are being eroded at such a pace by modern farming practices that we have only 60 more years of productive soil left. Pesticides and herbicides are killing the plants and animals that are so vital for a healthy soil.

Improving our soil

Something can be done to improve the soils and bring back biodiversity and mitigate climate change. We can ensure the integrity of our soil by not breaking it up. We can avoid using pesticides and herbicides. We can enrich our soils with compost and grow a range of crops, rather than a monoculture. All this can be done on different scales, including in our own gardens and local green spaces.

Read more about improving our soil and saving the planet. Watch the exciting film, Kiss the Ground, which explains how we can help to save the planet by improving our soils.


The land around Seaford

The South Downs National Park is responsible for managing much of the land around Seaford. The soil is a vital part of that work. Find out about our local soils on their website:

The National Trust owns areas of land adjacent to Seaford. Find out about the chalk grassland on their web site:


The importance of soil!

Several organisations are campaigning to change the way we think about soil:

More information on the importance of soil structure:

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