Soils are an essential ingredient of our natural world. It influences the distribution of plants and provides a habitat for a wide range of organisms, it controls the flow of water, and acts as a source and store for gasses and chemicals between the atmosphere and the earth.
Soil isn’t just a growth medium for plants. It also plays an important role in the production of most of our food as well as timber and fibres for clothing. We build our homes and industries on soil, and it’s the foundation of many leisure activities.
Most of us take soil for granted, but it shapes how we live and requires our care and good management. Soil landscapes across Scotland vary hugely in their qualities, affecting land use across the different regions.
Read our booklet to unearth the value of this living landscape.
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