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Soil management

Scotland’s soils are an important natural resource, and their sustainable management is something we can all be a part of.

Soils play a vital part in all of our lives, by providing us with a wide range of benefits. A better understanding and appreciation of soil roles and values is the first step towards better management of our soil resources.

Some benefits are obvious such as enabling us to grow food. Many others are less clear, like soil’s ability to filter water, reduce flood risk and influence climate.

Scotland’s soils hold more than 3,000 megatonnes of carbon, around 60% of which is held in deep peat soils. Scottish Natural Heritage is helping to protect and conserve our important soils to reduce climate change impacts.