World Soils Day

by Food for Life Scotland

5th December is World Soils Day! 


How can your school get involved?

Check our our sister programme, Crofting Connection's website ( for some information and photos, in addition to their great resource on soils (

The World Beneath our Feet is another resource on soils across the curriculum -

The Soil Association is also running a soils campaign. Check out the short videos below to learn more about fascinating soil biodiversity!

Soils are under threat. Across the world, agricultural intensification is depleting the soil, its productivity and biodiversity.

One quarter of our planet's life is hidden beneath our feet; a complex community of organisms that are vital for healthy soil and to mark World Soils Day this Monday, we’ve created several short [1min] videos to celebrate the life beneath our feet. Please share them with your friends and family using the hashtag #WorldSoilsDay.

Let’s protect soils and spread the word about this remarkable world of soil life which helps feed us all. Together we can change the world.  

Tardigrades – bears in your garden

Tardigrades, or waterbears, are the toughest living creatures. They are found everywhere on earth, including in your garden. Watch the video to find out more.


Earthworms – engineers of the underworld

There are unsung heroes under our feet, but they need our help to keep working. These guys tunnel and burrow to improve soil health.


Fungi – our planet’s natural internet

Some soil organisms are unbelievably huge, spreading for miles. The fungal network enables communications between plants, like the internet…




Fun facts and tips