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 Manoj Menon
Deputy Chair: Dr Eleanor Reed
“See you tomorrow,” creaks the laboratory door. The day’s work is complete. Those two great shepherds – fatigue and hunger – slowly steer my colleagues and I away from the department and into the warmth of a summer’s evening.
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.
I hope that everyone is enjoying the May sunshine after the prolonged winter.
“Shoulders of upland brown laid dark to the sunset’s bosom, | Living amber of wheat, and copper of new-ploughed loam, | Downs where the white sheep wander, little gardens in blossom, | Roads that wind through the twilight up to the lights of home.” [E. Nesbit, Out of the fulness of the heart].
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...
Just a quick reminder about the meeting at Newcastle's Life Centre on the 22nd of February, on the subject of soil spatial datasets. There are still spaces available, and if you are coming then you are encouraged to bring a relevant poster for the poster competition that will take place during lunchtime.
Further information and registration is available at http://www.soils.org.uk/event/1344
The aims of the meeting are:
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.
The joint NSN/SSDG meeting on Spatial datasets for soil in the UK to be held in Newcastle on 22nd February is drawing near. Please don't forget to book; places are limited: http://www.soils.org.uk/event/1344
Today the government published 'A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment'. Soil features in several sections of the report. There may be opportunities for funding related to issues such as peatland restoration: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/25-year-environment-plan