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Good behaviour in the countryside

Farm organisations are calling for greater levels of awareness about taking greater care when out and about in the countryside. With lockdown restrictions due to ease soon and travel abroad curtailed for the next few weeks, more and more people will be heading to the countryside for recreation, activities and holidays.

Promoting the Countryside Code is one way in which the government and national organisations such as the National Farmers Union (NFU), conservation groups and wildlife organisations can make people aware of acceptable behaviour.

Recent increases in attacks by dogs on livestock, the perennial problem of littering and the increasing sight of people wandering off track and trampling on crops and environmental margins are just some of the problems faced by the farming community.

While DEFRA were the original authors of the code, Natural England have been tasked with providing an update. The government organisation will be refreshing the code and a new version will be released in time for the Easter break. It is expected that the new code will be promoted via social media as well as traditional media outlets.

Among the messages outlined in the code are: Be considerate to those living and working in the countryside; follow signs and keep to paths; take your litter home; and take care with BBQs.