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


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Rothamsted Festival of Ideas

Event date: 
Saturday, June 23, 2018 to Sunday, June 24, 2018
Event venue: 
Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, Hertfordshire United Kingdom
Event description: 

It’s Rothamsted Research's 175th birthday this year and they are celebrating with a Festival of Ideas. Bring the family, young and old, to find out what we do at their research institute and how they do it. Engage with the science, the farming and the people as they open doors for a weekend of thrills and spills.

Speed date an expert; ride a tractor; puzzle over our trove of astonishing exhibits; and test the interactive displays. Vote for the most fascinating poster; find out what the future of farming could look like; gain a taste of the technological transformations underway.

Join a debate or listen to a talk; tackle a treasure hunt or pit yourself against one of our quizzes. Immerse yourself in a sensational demo, including the one trialled at the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures in December (parasitic wasp meets gorging aphid).

Explore the proud history of ground-breaking discoveries, from crop treatment to crop protection, from statistical interpretation to soils management. Hook up with one of the wonder trails through their heritage, or take a seat and enjoy a cream tea at the Manor.

No tickets are required…but let Rothamsted know you are coming by registering here on EventBrite or using our Facebook Event Page. Mark the dates, Saturday and Sunday, 23rd and 24th June. 

BSSS Annual Conference: Closing Date for Abstracts- 10th June!

Soils are crucial for sustainable development and healthy soils are central to achieving many of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

With keynote speakers, including Dr Cheryl Palm from the University of Florida, addressing issues such as Soils and Food Security, Climate Change and Health and Water Quality, the British Society of Soil Science 2018 Annual Conference will provide an opportunity to deliberate and discuss these critical topics.

reminder: SEESOIL meeting on 7 June

The next SEESOIL meeting is on 7 June at Hendred Farms, Wantage, Oxfordshire. It is hosted by the farm manager Julian Gold.The meeting will be a forum for farmers and researchers to exchange ideas on soil management involving a farm tour and interactive group discussions.

Please register here (free for BSSS members):

For more details please see the attached flyer.

Hope to see you there!

Jack Hannam (SEESOIL Chair)
Julian Gold (meeting organiser and host)

SEESOIL meeting: #FarmSoil – Discussion meeting for farmers and researchers

Event date: 
Thursday, June 7, 2018
Event venue: 
Hendred Farms, Top Buildings, Newbury Road, East Hendred, Wantage, OX12 8LG, United Kingdom
Event description: 

This meeting is an informal forum to bring together farmers and researchers to exchange ideas, research and practices on soil management in agricultural systems.

Hosted by Julian Gold Farm Manager at the Hendred Farm Partnership, the meeting opens at 9:15am with registration and coffee.

The day kicks-off with a farm visit to discuss current trials and experiences. 

The rest of the day will involve interactive discussions (no powerpoint!) based on farmer experiences and results from on-farm trials linked to current academic research in soil management.

The group discussions and activities will focus on two aspects of soil management: soil carbon and nutrient management and everyone is welcome to contribute to the discussions.

Please come prepared to discuss the topics in soil carbon and nutrient management by highlighting examples from farm trials and observations and applied research outcomes.

The event is Free for BSSS members and £15 for non-members (to cover the cost of lunch and refreshments).

Tea/coffee will be provided at registration and lunch is included.

Please note that everyone attending the meeting will need to register in advance to enable us to accurately organise catering and seating.


For further information please contact SEESOIL Chair Jack Hannam or Julian Gold


Event flyer: 

Looking back on March: An Update from Dan

Happy Springtime everyone,

Tunnelling a passageway through the soil, furnishing our beds and borders with elegance and vitality is a floral promise. A promise of longer days, and lighter evenings; a promise to banish the clouds and cast off the rain. This promise, once dormant under thick clods of earth, now stands tall and dainty; a yellow delicacy swaying to the music of Springtime...

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.