21 May 2020

Ahead of the bank holiday weekend, the CLA is calling on the public to act responsibly while enjoying the countryside.

CLA East Regional Director Cath Crowther said:

“We fully recognise that the nation will want to make the most of our beautiful countryside following lockdown restrictions being eased slightly.

“Those using the countryside should, especially under current circumstances, be conscious that it is also a place of work where the land, livestock, machinery, wildlife and environment must be respected.

“Following advice from Defra and Public Health England, we urge the everyone, when on their daily exercise, to stick to public footpaths, maintain social distancing requirements, keep dogs away from livestock and leave gates as they find them.

“We are also calling on the public to be pragmatic and avoid hot-spot tourist areas that are particularly busy this time of year. It’s important that we all act responsibly and check car parks, for example, are open before travelling.”

For information on the Countryside Code – which details the responsibilities for visitors to the countryside and those who manage the land - click here.