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Countryside: Codes of Practice

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN 174102, tabled on 23 March 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to increase awareness of The Countryside Code as covid-19 restrictions are eased and more people visit the countryside.

Answered on

13 April 2021

Natural England has a statutory duty to produce and promote the Countryside Code which provides three levels of information: short and long versions for the public plus additional information for land managers and owners for areas of open country.

Natural England has worked with a broad range of stakeholders to refresh the Countryside Code and a relaunch of advice to the public took place over Easter. The launch at Easter marked the beginning of a year-long piece of work with stakeholders and partners to promote the Code more widely and look at how we can best encourage positive behaviours. We want to make the code inclusive and welcoming, to make sure that people are aware that nature is available to all, and that they understand how they can respect and protect the countryside.

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