You are here

Primary tabs

Friday, March 6, 2020

All day
BASIS Soil and Water Management

BASIS Soil and Water Management

Event date: 
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 09:00 to Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 18:00

Dates & Venue Information

BASIS Soil & Water Training: Wednesday 4th  /  Thursday 5th  /  Wednesday 11th /  Thursday 12th March 2020Written and viva exam: Thursday 26th March 2020

BASIS Soil & Water Content & Suitability

Our course covers the importance of soil organic matter and soil structure plus the legal requirements for the protection of soil and the maintenance of soil health.

Methods are explored which prevent wind / water erosion and minimise diffuse water pollution

The mechanics, economics and environmental aspects of cultivation will be examined as will the role of plant nutrients.

Training also covers the safe and legal application of farm manures and other organic manures to land.

Sessions are a mix of presentations, interactive quizzes, practical sessions and exercises.

The BASIS syllabus includes:

  • Soil protection and soil health
  • Prevention of water and wind erosion
  • Mechanics, economics and environmental aspects of cultivation
  • Texture and structure of soil
  • Soil organic matter
  • Soil water properties
  • Drainage and irrigation
  • Plant macro/micronutrients and fertiliser planning
  • Manures and soil organic inputs to enhance crop growth and their effects on diffuse pollution

Designed for those who wish to achieve their BASIS Certificate in Soil and Water Management. Also suitable for advisers, farmers and farm managers who wish to improve their knowledge.

The course attracts 25 CPD points for the BASIS Professional Register.


COST: £748 (+ VAT) + £293 exam fee.   Total = £1,041 + VAT (includes course materials, lunch and refreshments throughout).

There is a 1% training fee discount per person when booking 2+ places (for groups of 5 or more contact the office for discount information)

Candidates will need to provide their own copy of RB209 (AHDB version), Code of Good Agricultural Practice and NVZ Guidelines.  The course fee above does not include your ‘Think Soils’ manual which will be charged separately if you do not already have a copy.


LOCATION: J36 Rural Auction Centre, Crooklands, Milnthorpe, Cumbria, LA7 7FP


How do I book? 

Complete the booking form below to pay online or alternatively email [email protected] for a registration form. This can be found online at:

*If using the online booking system – due to it’s set-up we’ve reduced the exam fee to ensure the final total is correct as it will pull through with VAT added.  Your SAC Commercial invoice/receipt which follows within a few days will have the accurate breakdown of VAT incurred upon payment*

*Remember to select both your training and your exam upon booking*


Before 01
Applying Soil Health in Hort Systems - Part 2 - Planning

Applying Soil Health in Hort Systems - Part 2 - Planning

Event date: 
Friday, March 6, 2020 - 09:30 to 16:00

by Niels Corfield Courses & Workshops


Living Roots - Covered Soil - Minimal Disturbance – Diversity

A one-day course on the application of the soil health principles, to your growing operation.

The soil health principles work. From large farms to market gardens, when implemented doggedly they bring real results: better soil structure, healthier crops and more consistent yields. What's more, the growers that have most rigorously applied these principles have the more profitable operations today.

Course Outcomes

• Turning observations into actions

• Applying the soil health principles to everyday management situations

• Bringing the power of covered growing to the open field

• Understanding the rules of successful cover crop design and management

• Using the soil health principles to analyse & redesign your rotation

• Selecting best practice composting systems for your operation


Soil Health Principles recap

Applying the soil health principles to specific management cases

• Creating new growing areas

• Establishment & husbandry

• Weeds and weeding

• Harvesting, clearing beds & change over

Covered Growing

• Best practice, low cost options


• Intercropping

• Mulching

Cover Crops

• Designing mixes, what to include or leave out

• Spring or autumn sown

Rotations and Rotation Planning

• Applied soil health principles

• Appraise your existing rotation

• Redesign your rotation using

Composting Systems

• Overview of best practice options

Monitoring soils & plant health

• Sign-posting


Course Schedule

• Morning – theory, classroom

• Lunch – packed lunch

• Afternoon – rotation design exercise & further learning, classroom


What to Bring

• Existing rotation for your plot

• Packed lunch

• Warm clothes

• Waterproofs, wellies, brollie

• Notebook, camera, smartphone etc


Soil Health Principles

1 Living Root – for as Long-/as Often as Possible

2 Covered Soil – with Residues or Living Plants

3 Minimise Disturbance/Compaction – Tillage

4 Maximise Diversity – in Rotations/Plantings

5 Feed Soils – with Organic Matter (Between Cropping)

6 Incorporate Animals – Ideally Adaptive Grazed

7 Minimise Use of Chemicals/Synthetics


COST: £35 – £110



Feed Bristol

181 Frenchay Park Road


BS16 1HB


For more information and to purchase tickets please follow:

06/03/2020 - 09:30 to 16:00
Add to My Calendar