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CEnv- led Soil and Stones Task Group Hold First Meeting

09 December 2019   (0 Comments)

The newly formed Soil and Stones task group held its first meeting on Friday, 6 December at Tarmac in Birmingham, with in-depth discussions and debate establishing a sound base for the group's future as an influencer. The group is facilitated by SocEnv and made up of Chartered Environmentalists from across sectors including construction, forestry, engineering and agricultural management.

The group was established to focus on specific tasks over a 12-18 month period, with the initial aim being to produce a report to support a better understanding of good practice for professionals working with soils and stones. 

Remarking on the decision to set up the task group, lead Martin Ballard CEnv – Group Environment Manager at Willmott Dixon – had remarked; “Soil and Stone is the lesser appreciated and most valuable environmental asset that provides the fabric and foundation for sustainable built and natural environments. Several sectors are involved in the use and movement of soil and stone for development, infrastructure and non-infrastructure investments, as well as land profiling for forestry, flood defence and agricultural management.

The treatment of soil and stone is technically challenging, with engineering standards for materials being used as basis for recycled soil and stone materials. The understanding and awareness of the quality for soil and stone is often misunderstood and mismanaged."

The first meeting demonstrated the value of establishing the group, with the level of expertise and diversity of environmental professionals registered by SocEnv providing the opportunity for in-depth good practice sharing between sectors. Discussions showed that many of the same experiences and challenges were shared by sectors working with soil and stones - with widespread agreement over how these challenges can be addressed. Going forward this provides the group with a great platform of consensus to fulfil its aims and determine good practice in soil and stones. 

The next step for the group is to meet again in early 2020 alongside the devolved environmental regulators to finalise goals and draw up an action plan. 

For more information or if you'd like to be involved, please contact SocEnv's Phil Underwood on phil.underwood@socenv.org.uk.


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