Compost is good news for soil health

Soil Organic Matter is the organic component of soil consisting of fresh plant residues and small living soil organisms, decomposing (active) organic matter and stable organic matter (humus). This factsheet - 

  • explains how using compost improves soil health
  • summarises the results of a Defra/WRAP-funded Digestate and Compost in Agriculture project which provides evidence to support the confident use of digestates and composts 
  • outlines how to assess if compost use is cost effective for specific sites
  • provides an overview on how to monitor for soil organic matter improvements in soil

This information was last updated in 2017