PEOPLE are being urged to follow the Countryside Code as tourism businesses reopen.
The Countryside Code aims to help everyone respect others, protect the environment and enjoy the outdoors.
It is there to ensure visitors enjoy the countryside safely by following common-sense guidelines such as planning ahead, maintaining social distancing, keeping dogs away from livestock, leaving gates as they find them, taking litter home and avoiding the risk of fire.
The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) represents 30,000 farmers, landowners and rural businesses across England and Wales is keen to welcome visitors to provide a much-needed boost to the rural economy.
CLA Midlands regional director Mark Riches said: “We are genuinely looking forward to welcoming people to enjoy a well-deserved break in some of the finest landscape in the world.
“Our message is clear. People are hugely welcome in the countryside, and we want to help them to enjoy it safely and responsibly. We know that many will be first time visitors to the countryside and this is a fantastic opportunity to prove that the countryside can do wonders for people’s mental and physical health. It can also help them understand the natural environment, including how food is produced in Britain to the highest standards.”
“I ask only that visitors and rural communities alike take to heart the spirt of the Countryside Code. Respect, protect, enjoy.”
The CLA Midlands regional team supports members in Warwickshire, West Midlands and Worcestershire.