We are a cross-sector initiative that aims to:
Raise awareness of the importance of soil in developing and supporting a sustainable built environment
Set out more ambitious principles for how we can incorporate soil sustainability in planning and construction
Support adoption of soil sustainability in practice across planning and development
Established in 2021, the Soils Task Force combines world-class soil research expertise with industry and policy insights and leadership to re-think how soil sustainability is embedded in planning and construction.
With support from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, we assembled a scientific evidence base on the impacts of planning and construction on soils in the UK and co-developed a set of new guiding principles for embedding soil sustainability in planning and Construction. This work was summarised in the Building on Soil Sustainability Report and shared in a series of national and international events during 2022/23.
With continuing commitment to collaborate as a Task Force, we now seek to accelerate the adoption of the principles in specific settings.