Northern Soil Network

Northern Soil Network

The Northern Soils Network (NSN) originally comprised two Northern Regional Soil Discussion Groups (East and West) but combined forces in recent years to improve the group offering.

Group Chair: Dr Jenny Jones

Deputy Chair: Eleanor Reed

Group Treasurer: Current vacancy

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Latest posts

Greetings from new Chair NSN

Hi everyone,
Some of you will know that I have agreed to take over the role of Chair of the NSN from Peter Shanahan. I'm passionate about soil having taught and researched it for 30+ years. So, I accept the role with delight, but with a smidgen of trepidation. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Peter for the excellent work that he has done for the NSN. I hope that I can do as well as he did.

WSC, parliament and society links

Hi everyone
It was a very good council meeting in Edinburgh on 24th March.
The following are things for NSN members to consider:
- If you have any events planned for IYS2015 please get in touch.
- BSSS merchandising is available from Cranfield, including pens, leaflets and golf tees!
- BSSS is looking to become more involved in policy and would like to know of who (and how) to contact members of parliament and the House of Lords.

Soapbox Science 2015

Soapbox Science is an annual public science communication event that transforms public areas into an arena for public learning and scientific debate. The event follows the format of London Hyde Park’s Speaker’s Corner, which is historically an arena for public debate. With Soapbox Science, we want to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to enjoy, learn from, heckle, question, probe, interact with and be inspired by some of our leading scientists.

World Soil Day 5 Dec - help needed for Manchester school

Hello all

NSN needs your help. Can anyone in the Manchester area help visit the William Hulme’s Grammar School on 5th December to discuss soil with pupils and plant a tree as part of the celebrations for the International Year of Soils.

Please respond direct to or to Peter Shanahan (, 07949971984).