South East England Soil Discussion Group

South East England Soil Discussion Group

The South East England Soils Discussion Group (SEESOIL) is a vibrant group.

Dr Jack Hannam, Cranfield University – Chair

Dr Martin Lukac, University of Reading  – Vice Chair

Dr Elena Vanguelova, Forest Research – Tree Planting Coordinator

Dr Tom Sizmur, University of Reading – IYS2015 Coordinator

Julian Gold, Hendred Farms


Latest posts

Looking back on January: An Update from Dan

Hello everyone,

It feels like just a few days ago that I sat down and wrote my New Year’s ReSOILutions. However, a month has passed already! There’s already a fine film of dust over the Christmas baubles and though we gaze out onto frosty mornings with dreams of summer, we realize that Spring – that season of hope and renewal – will be around soon enough. I hope you’ve had a wonderful January.

BSSS annual meeting on World Soil Day : The 4 per mil initiative

SEESOIL are co-hosting this year's BSSS annual meeting (it is on our patch) on what the ‘4 per 1000’ initiative means for UK soils.
The ‘4 per 1000’ (4 per mil) initiative was launched at the COP21 in 2015, with the aim to slow down the increase in atmospheric concentrations of CO2 by annually increasing global soil organic carbon stocks by 0.4 % per year.
This initiative has sparked a mixed reaction to the feasibility of achieving this, and discussion over what this means for soil management.

Meet a soil scientist at Open Farm Sunday - members needed!

Meet a soil scientist at Open Farm Sunday!

The Society is looking for members to team up with farmers this year for Open Farm Sunday (OFS) to bring soil science to the farm. OFS is an annual open doors, family friendly event for the general public to find out about food and farming. The event is on Sunday 11 June 2017 and participating farms are listed on the OFS website

SEESOIL event 22 March - last chance to register!

Just a reminder that registration will be closing tomorrow for the SEESOIL event at Kew Gardens on 22 March. It is free for society members and £10 for non-members.

For further details and registration:

Hope to see you there!

Kind regards,
Jack Hannam (SEESOIL Chair)

You can follow SEESOIL on twitter @sesoil for updates

Plant and soil interactions: from the micro- to the macro-scale

Event date: 
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Event venue: 
The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AB, United Kingdom
Event description: 

SEESOIL has organised a meeting at The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew on 22nd March 2017. This gives us the opportunity to hear about the work of Kew’s fungal ecology group on mycorrhizal associations in natural habitats in Europe.

Registration is at 10am and after lunch, there will be a garden tour taking in the practical side of soil management for the wide range of plants at Kew, with internationally recognised, Head of Arboretum Tony Kirkham. 

We are also able to visit the fascinating Ethnobotanical Collections, which are not open to the general public. See

Places on the afternoon tours are very limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.  Please indicate your choice when you register.

Delegates also have free entry to Kew Gardens that they can use in the afternoon.

The event is free to BSSS members and £10 for non-members. 

Please bring your own lunch - tea/coffee will be provided at registration. 


Directions: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AB

All delegates must enter through the Jodrell Gate. See attached map below. The School of Horticulture is straight ahead. Enter through the Main entrance on the right hand side of the building. 

For information please contact SEESOIL secretary  Elena Vanguelova or SEESOIL Chair Jack Hannam

The Future for UK Soil Science

Event date: 
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Event venue: 
Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, Hertfordshire United Kingdom
Event description: 

Soil is the foundation on which every arable farmer builds their business. This Arable Horizons talk lifts the lid on the innovations set to deliver the much-needed advances in soil science and technology.

Find out how developments such as new sampling techniques, fresh approaches to tilling and advanced soil management strategies could limit degradation and make the future of farming more secure.

BSSS President Professor Wilfred Otten, Professor of Soil Biophysics, Cranfield Soil and Agrifood Institute is the keynote speaker for this event.

More details and how to register for the event can be found here