Options for poor quality soil include the following:
Hemp thrives in adverse soil conditions. Read more about the growing requirements of hemp by clicking on the above link.
Some varieties of trees can be grown on poor quality soils.
The GLAS scheme currently pays farmers for Ecosystems Services. This scheme is very popular and is always over-subscribed. Nature Rising wants farmers who have divested from animal farming to be able to keep their current CAP payments in return for Ecosystems Services.
These are potentially good options for poor quality soil.
Leisure, Tourism, Retail:
100 ways to farm stock free – from ‘Farmers for Stock Free Farming’ – lists a number of alternatives for using land, including: