So another gale…

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So another gale with yet another forgettable name is due to hit Britain. The river is in spate again and I’ve watched as the torrential downpours have discoloured the flood waters. The colour is determined by the level of soil, among other things, that is being carried from the land and hills that surround us. The colour of the river is an indicator of the continuing depletion of the lands soil and nutrient. The calls to slow the flow of rivers during periods of prolonged and heavy rain is important not just because of its impact on the towns and villages “downstream” but also on the long term health and sustainability of the soil and land on which we depend for so much. The need for tree planting on the hills is just one aspect of what needs to be done. But the campaigns focus on flood prevention misses something of equal if not greater importance. Soil loss and deprivation of soil health. The “importance of the soil and its health” has been raised over the past year. It seems odd that it’s felt that this has been “overlooked”. Continue reading So another gale…

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