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COUNTRYSIDE CODE – updated and refreshed –

A new, refreshed COUNTRYSIDE CODE has been launched by Natural England and Natural Resources Wales, coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the creation of the founding booklet.

With more people enjoying the outdoors than ever before, the code has been revised to help people enjoy the countryside in a safe and respectful way.

The first Countryside Code booklet was published in 1951.

Changes include advice on creating a welcoming environment, and some key changes to the Countryside Code include:

* Advice for people to ‘be nice, say hello, share the space’ as well as ‘enjoy your visit, have fun, make a memory’.

* A reminder NOT to feed livestock, horses or wild animals.

* To stay on marked footpaths, even if they are muddy, to protect crops and wildlife.

* Information on permissions to do certain outdoor activities, such as wild swimming.

* Clearer rules for dog walkers to take home dog poo and use their own bin if there are no public waste bins.

* A reminder to take your litter home – leave no trace of your visit


The updated version has a refreshed tone of voice, creating a guide for the public rather than a list of rules – recognising the significant health and wellbeing benefits of spending time in nature.

New wording to make clear that the code applies to all our natural places, including parks and waterways, coast and countryside.

For the complete guide, please follow the link below:



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