A new bill is to be brought before parliament this year, mandating measures and targets to improve the quality of UK soil, amid growing concerns of soil fertility. The agricultural bill is expected to be published later this year, and will have a dedicated section devoted to soil health, though it currently remains unclear as to what form the regulations would take.
Soils are naturally eroded by wind and water, but this has accelerated due to the loss of trees, use of heavy agricultural machinery, over-grazing, climate change and intensive agriculture. With soil health being key to many industries, as well as environmental wellbeing, this bill is seen as a step in the right direction. Until the proposed regulations become known, it remains unclear as to how far it will go towards reversing the current level of damage, and the length of time this could take.