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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SEESOIL Farm Visit to the Hendred Estate

Don't forget to register for the SEESOIL Farm Visit to the Hendred Estate taking place on Tuesday 17th September.

The aim of the day is to view and discuss the soil friendly farming techniques on Hendred Estate and use this as a background for knowledge sharing amongst scientists/Researchers and farmers, regarding any aspects of soil management /regenerative agriculture/climate change mitigation that attendees wish to discuss.


SEESOIL has set up a new event for its members.

Taking place on Tuesday 17th September at the Hendred Estate, near Wantage, the day includes a tour of the farm, lunch and the opportunity for discussion.

For full details and to register please see the webpage

Members are FREE

Non-Members are £15:00

Please note: All attendees MUST register online as places are limited.


SEESOIL Farm Visit to the Hendred Estate

Event date: 
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Event venue: 
Hill Farm, St Mary’s Road, East Hendred, Wantage, OX12 8LF, United Kingdom
Event description: 

Come and visit the farm managed by SEESOIL council member and Soil Farmer of the Year, Julian Gold.

The day will begin at 10:00am and consist of:

  • A tour of the farm
  • A networking lunch
  • The opportunity for open discussion on aspects of conservation agriculture, practical soil management, and soil organic matter



BSSS Members: FREE

Non-Members:    £15


June 2019: An Update from Dan

I am writing this on one of those days when the skies decide to ‘spring clean’ the Earth. Strong gusts are vacuuming the dust from the country lanes that run like skirting boards around green carpets of cropland and pasture. Clouds unite to form impenetrable ceilings of lead from which millions of droplets are preparing to polish the rooftops. As I write, my train carriage window is becoming freckled with a shimmering galaxy of watery stars. Is there anything more inspiring than a clouded day?

Open Farm Sunday - Can you help with these two requests?

We have received an enquiry in the office for assistance with Open Farm Sunday plus a further one via Twitter.

Are you able to help with either?

Please contact Leila Froud in first instance if you think you can help at Ben’s event.

Dear Madam/Sir,

I'm writing to ask whether you would be able and willing to support our family farm in hosting the general public for the Open Farm Sunday initiative to be held on 9th June. 

"Soils and the Environment" - Annual Workshop of the Midlands Soil Discussion Group

Event date: 
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Event venue: 
Allerton Project site, Loddington, LE7 9XE, United Kingdom
Event description: 

The theme of this meeting is "Soils and the Environment" which is of critical importance for protecting environmental quality, food security, biodiversity conservation and climate change mitigation. 

The annual meeting of the MSDG group will examine the link between soil management, the environment and habitat quality through a tour of the ongoing sustainable soil management and conservation techniques being employed at the Allerton Project farm site. The morning tour will be followed by selected presentations showcasing the latest research in soil science.

The day will run between 9.30am and 1.45pm. The agenda can be viewed here

Attendance (including lunch and refreshments) is:

FREE for BSSS Members

£15 for Student NON-Members *  Proof of student status will be required at time of booking - please see payment page.

£20 for NON-Members 


ALL attendees must register to allow us to plan logistics and catering accurately.

Event flyer: