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  • Start Year: 2022
  • End year: 2022

Healthy soil underpins a range of environmental, economic and societal benefits, including biodiversity, carbon storage and flood mitigation. However, soil degradation, caused by poor soil management or inappropriate land use, can reduce the ability of soil to perform these vital functions. Soil health in the urban environment can be significantly impacted by activities associated with construction and therefore Defra issued a Code of Practice in 2009. This is being updated in view of recent developments, an increasing body of knowledge and the 25 Year Environment Plan. R3 is providing technical support and peer review for the updating and development of the Review of the Code of Practice for the Sustainable Use of Soils on Construction Sites, which is currently being carried out by CL:AIRE (

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