Woodland path, Somerset (Copyright Natural England/Paul Glendell)
By TGO Staff
Natural England has relaunched the Countryside Code.
The Code, which applies in England and Wales, outlines the responsibilities of both the public and people who manage the land. The refreshed version gives updated advice on rights of way, controlling dogs around livestock and wildlife, and preventing fires.
Natural England, the Moorland Association, the National Farmers Union and the Ramblers are all encouraging people to read the Code to help them enjoy, respect and protect the countryside.
Chair of Natural England Poul Christensen said: “Spring is a fantastic time of year to get out and enjoy our beautiful landscapes. As a farmer, I know the countryside isn’t just a place for relaxation – livelihoods as well as wildlife depend on it and we all have a responsibility to care for it. The Countryside Code is a reminder of how we can all enjoy and care for our natural heritage.”
Benedict Southworth, Chief Executive of the Ramblers, said: “This Easter we’re encouraging as many people as possible to enjoy the Easter weekend outdoors, taking in the sights and sounds of spring by getting out and walking with their families.
“Following the advice in the Countryside Code will help everyone enjoy the best that the countryside has to offer safely and responsibly, without any harm coming to the environment, those working in it and those out enjoying our wonderful landscapes.”
Download the new version of the Countryside Code here.