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Championing the Farmed Environment


Short guides for six farming systems: vegetable production, combinable cropping, rotations with root crops and maize, mixed farms, lowland livestock farms and upland farms. They were developed by a partnership across the farming industry brought together by the UK Soil Health Initiative, the WWF-Tesco Partnership and CFE to help farmers identify sustainable soil management actions. They also suggest how to avoid common problems such as soil compaction and erosion.

While many of the recommended actions are nature-based solutions, such as increasing sward diversity and using cover crops and buffer strips, the guides also include standard intensive farming practices such as reseeding grasslands, draining fields and using agrochemicals, which are not nature-based solutions and may have adverse impacts on biodiversity.


Guidance type/project stage

  • Ecosystem management
  • Monitoring and assessment


  • Farmland

Challenges addressed

  • Climate change adaptation
  • Biodiversity
  • Food production
  • Climate change mitigation
  • Natural flood management
  • Water quality

Source | UK Soil Health Initiative

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