The Country Code item comes from the Rights of Way Group, a working party formed via the Parish Council following a petition from a large number of villagers, with a view to making some paths around the village and across fields more accessible.
The group thought the best way to start things was to try and educate some villagers regarding the difficulties our farmers have when walkers stray off designated footpaths, and have created a simple guide to help you enjoy our village and the surrounding countryside, whilst remembering to be considerate to other villagers and the farmers whose land you are crossing.
- Be considerate to those who work on the land. They depend on it for a living.
- Be aware of others who are enjoying walks in the village and countryside.
- Be sure to close gates properly.
- Follow local footpath signs, remembering to keep to pathways. The field you walk through is pasture for cattle and should not be trampled over.
- Be careful in fields containing livestock, mindful of the gates and fences that hold them. Don’t disturb or frighten them. Cows could be in calf or turn aggressive.
RESPECT THE ENVIRONMENT
- Keep your dogs on a lead whilst walking around the village, don’t let them wander into other peoples garden. Keep them under strict control whilst in fields, and in sight at all times.
- Don’t let your dog worry any livestock.
- Take care to clear up their poo, around the village roads and verges and in particular in fields. Livestock grazing in these fields can pick up serious infections if they eat this. It is not okay to think you don’t have a responsibility just because you are out in the middle of a field.
- Take any litter home with you. Discarded waste can harm livestock and seriously damage plant life.
A NOTE FROM YOUR LOCAL FARMERS: Sam Awdry, Brian Baggs, Fran Banfield, Steve Fry, Tom Groves, Rodney Meatyard, Rob Noad and Martin Tyler
We appreciate it has been a difficult year for everyone with lockdown meaning that many more people have been using the local countryside for exercise.
Thankyou to the majority of people and dog owners who have respected our wonderful countryside. However, as always, there has unfortunately been multiple occasions of people off the public rights of way, trespassing wherever they please on private land, often with dogs off the lead.
As your neighbours, we please ask that you respect our private land around public rights of way the same way you would wish your private property to be respected.
Our fields are our livelihoods and businesses, therefore being very valuable to us. People away from footpaths can cause damage to grass and crops. Dogs off leads can cause stress to grazing livestock and disturbance to the wildlife which we all like to protect and care for.
We simply ask if you are unsure of the footpaths route please look at a map before you leave home. Do not be tempted to take short cuts through private land, leave all gates as you find them and clean up after your pet.
We would like to thank those of you that do stay on footpaths and keep dogs on leads; it is very much appreciated and equally does not go unnoticed.
Please have respect for the countryside that we all like to enjoy.