Certified Topsoil Must Have Passed Specific Analysis Parameters To Prove:
- Free from Contamination
- Soil Structure and Classification
The standard also sets out how the land should be treated to ensure that it does not get eroded after removal of topsoil.
Topsoil suppliers are also required by the standard to declare the results of topsoil analysis before selling. This declaration needs to include:
1) Where the topsoil came from, and the previous and current land use for natural soils.
The date of sampling and analysis.
3) All The results of analytical tests, including contamination parameters.
4) Written confirmation that the soil complies with the standard BS3882:2007, and that it is the grade specified, whether Multi-Purpose or Specific Purpose.
When you buy Topsoil, whether in bulk or in small bags, from topsoil suppliers, you should always check whether the topsoil that they supply is certified to BS3882 or not. Since BS3882 only has a single specification for Multipurpose Topsoil, it covers a wide range of soils, so you should try to look at topsoil before buying. However if you can't, top soil certified to BS3882 at least gives you a guarantee of its quality, and information about the analysis carried out.