When you’re on holiday, we hope you have the opportunity to feel the soil on your boots and the sand between your toes. We know that time spent outside in nature has huge benefits for our physical and mental health, whether it’s muddy puddles, marvelous moorland or winding country pathways. But how often do we really think about how important soil truly is?
- 95% of the food that we eat comes from soil. Without lots of healthy soil, it would be impossible to produce food. Essentially, feeding the world starts – and ends – with good soil.
- Healthy soil is essential for water storage and preventing floods, droughts and erosion. It stores water so that crops have a longer life when drought kicks in and improves water quality by filtering out pollutants.
- Well-managed soils capture carbon dioxide and store it as soil organic carbon. In the UK, our soils hold an estimated 9.8 billion tonnes of carbon, making them an essential resource in reducing the impact of our greenhouse gas emissions and tackling climate change.
Original Cottages are proud to partner with the Soil Association – the UK's leading membership charity campaigning for healthy, humane and sustainable food, farming and land use.
Since 1946, the Soil Association has been transforming the way we eat, farm and care for the natural world from the ground up.
They are restoring nature, health and a safe climate by campaigning to influence decision makers with robust evidence while making the case for change. They are working alongside farmers and communities to develop and deliver solutions with lasting impact. And they are bringing together farmers, scientists, doctors and nutritionists to promote the connection between the health of our soil, food, animals, people and environment.
Together with Original Cottages holidaymakers across the country, our new partnership is one way we’re trying to do our bit for the future of our natural world. Donate now or find out more about the Soil Association.