Soil can be amazing!

In 2015 the journal Nature reported the first discovery for 30 years of a new kind of antibiotic: teixobactin which is able to kill mycobacterium tubercuosis, clostridium difficiles and staphylococcus aureus.

The World’s soils contain 1,500 billion tonnes of carbon as organic matter. The good news is that increasing the quantity of carbon contained in the soils by just 0.4% per year would halt the annual increase of CO2 in the atmosphere. This could be done by restoring and improving degraded agricultural land. Organic farmers are leading on this. The great concerns of the world: climate change, natural resources, water control, food production, conservation and human health all rely on the condition of our soil. Hospitals and health services already estimate how improvement to air quality and access to green spaces reduce the health bill. (Farming Today featured soil all last week too -Ed) Great to know then, that the Neighbourhood Plan for Bradford-on-Avon identified Green Spaces to be protected.

The Natural Capital Committee has suggested that planting 250,000 hectares of woodland close to urban centres in Britain would deliver net economic benefit of nearly £550 million in recreation and carbon sequestration.

IN YOUR GARDEN
Plantlife ask people to buy or grow organic vegetables and fruit if they want to help halt the very worrying decline in insects.
Do you have a pond? Please let us know if you have any frog spawn or toad spawn and the date you saw it via climate champions.
Concerned about hedgehogs? Leave a hole in your fence or hedge to allow these endangered animals to move from one garden to the next. Also check any bonfires for hedgehogs before you light them.
Liz Stephens