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With more people expected to take staycations and enjoy the UK’s wonderful outdoors – some for the first time – the Club is backing calls for people to enjoy the great outdoors while giving it the respect it deserves.
A new, refreshed Countryside Code was launched by Natural England and Natural Resources Wales in April, to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the creation of the founding booklet. There will also be a campaign to increase awareness of the Code, partly prompted by an increase in littering and sheep worrying by dogs during the recent Covid lockdowns.
VisitScotland has also launched a Responsible Tourism campaign to encourage people to explore and enjoy the outdoors in a respectful and responsible way.
Changes to the Countryside Code include advice on creating a welcoming environment – such as saying hello to fellow visitors – and clearer rules to underline the importance of taking away dog mess, staying on footpaths and not feeding livestock.
The new wording also makes it clear that the Code applies to all natural places, including parks, waterways, coast and countryside.
VisitScotland’s campaign calls on people to respect, protect and enjoy Scotland, and is designed to reinforce how important it is that visitors should be aware of the consequences of their visits on the country’s landscapes, wildlife and communities.
Simon McGrath, the Club’s Head of Communications and External Relations, said: “More and more people are expected to holiday at home in the UK this year, some of whom will be less experienced when it comes to heading out into our wonderful countryside. Club members know all about the benefits this can bring, but also how important it is to protect the natural environment so it can be enjoyed by generations to come.
“That’s why the Club is backing the refreshed Countryside Code, and the efforts of VisitScotland, to ensure people respect our great outdoors and and enjoy it in a responsible and caring way.”
For more information visit: gov.uk/government/publications/the-countryside-code
ROB GANLEY | 17 May 2021