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LOGO IYS en Print squareInternational Year of Soils 2015

The 68th UN General Assembly have declared 2015 as the International Year of Soils (IYS).  Brought to us by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations the IYS aims to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of soil for food security and essential eco system functions.  You can find out more about the International Year of Soils by clicking here.

The promotion of sustainable soil and land management is central to ensuring a productive food system, improved rural livelihoods and a healthy environment.


We depend on soils for many reasons...

  • Healthy soils are the basis for healthy food production
  • Soils are the foundation for vegetation which is cultivated or managed for feed, fibre, fuel and medicinal products
  • Soils support our planet’s biodiversity and they host a quarter of the total
  • Soils help to combat and adapt to climate change by playing a key role in the carbon cycle
  • Soils store and filter water improving our resilience to floods and droughts
  • Soil is a non-renewable resource, its preservation is essential for food security and our sustainable future


Composting makes the world go round.  It recycles the nutrients that make plants (and animals) grow, feeds the bugs that keep the soil healthy and is a sustainable, low-cost way of dealing with 'rubbish that rots'.  Composting is the cornerstone of organic gardening and is essential for conserving the fertility of our soils.

Garden Organic's Volunteer Master Composters are active across the UK promoting home composting as a means of diverting organic waste to landfill and creating a valuable natural resource for growing fruit and vegetables at home.  To find out more about Garden Organic's Master Composters click here.

What to look out for in 2015

To celebrate International Year of Soils we will be holding various courses, seminars and making various information leaflets available.  We will also be celebrating International Compost Awareness Week; an annual promotional and educational event being held from the 3rd - 9th May - for more information about this week please click here.

Our Master Composters will also of course be around the country at village fetes, shows, events etc promoting the message of home composting.

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