Soil Association Land Trust

Protecting the countryside, connecting the public

Every year thousands of acres of fertile soil and hundreds of family farms are being lost to development and the intensification of agriculture.

In 2011, 22% of dwellings were built on previously-agricultural land (increased from 18% in 2010). And with the average age of farmers at 58 and increasing, many farms are sold and amalgamated into larger farms to provide for retirement and for family. Where farms grow in size, they favour increased specialisation and mechanisation, often reducing the number of livelihoods they support. In addition, nearly half of UK farmers have no successor and a further one in four claim they do not have anybody to leave their farm to.

The knowledge and stewardship that has maintained a delicate balance between man and nature for generations is disappearing.

The Soil Association Land Trust has been established with two aims:

  • to protect the countryside by acquiring and managing farmland sustainably
  • to connect the public with the stewardship of the land

By holding land in trust, the Land Trust not only prevents productive land being lost from farming and growing but brings peace of mind to retiring farmers and landowners who wish to ensure their life’s work is preserved and continues to develop into the future.

Wherever we can when new land comes into the Trust, we will seek to provide opportunities for new farmers, growers and communities and we will help support them to develop sustainable thriving businesses.

For more information contact Ruth Curtis, Land Trust Coordinator. T: 01647 24511, E: rcurtis@soilassociation.org