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- Share our infographics on Twitter
- Share our infographics on Facebook and Instagram
- Watch and share our social media videos for dog owners
- Watch the webinar we co-hosted with the CLA about managing public access around livestock
- Download our briefing for members on the revised Countryside Code
- How is the NFU communicating these messages to the public?
- Get your FREE gatepost signs
- Download and print our poster with advice for dog owners
- Get more advice in our Business Guides for members
What is the NFU doing?
We've been asking members of the public to take action by adding their name to support changes to the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953. More than 19,500 members of the public have called for more to be done.
See how the NFU is communicating these messages to the public - visit our Countryside Code pages on our Countryside Online website
NFU supports launch of new look Countryside Code
The NFU made several recommendations for changes to the Countryside Code, which were adopted when Natural England launched its refreshed advice on 1 April 2021.
NFU Deputy President Stuart Roberts said:
“It’s important that people follow the simple rules and respect the countryside around them. The NFU has been working closely with Defra and Natural England on a refresh of the messaging in the Code to bring it up to date and to help address the recent increase in access-related issues such as keeping to public rights of way, ensuring dogs are under control and dog waste is binned. We are pleased that many of our recommendations have been included.
“The iconic British countryside offers a multitude of benefits to the public, including exercise and recreation, the opportunity to learn about where our food comes from and how our stunning landscapes are maintained. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the countryside has been invaluable in Britain’s recovery, with millions of people visiting during lockdown to improve their physical and mental wellbeing.
“As we highlight in the NFU’s recent Levelling up rural Britain report, it is important that rural access and engagement is recognised and respected and that the modern-day rights of way network benefits both farmers and the public.
"The NFU, government and other stakeholders will be promoting the new look Code and its core messages to ensure everyone who visits the countryside is provided with greater awareness of the need to keep safe and responsible as well as the role farming plays in shaping our much-loved working landscapes.”
NFU members: Download our briefing on the revised Countryside Code which includes details of the changes requested by the NFU and adopted by Natural England
Share our infographics on Twitter
Help us share the Countryside Code messages on Twitter.
Click on the thumbnail images to download versions you can share on your Twitter page.
Share our infographics on Facebook and Instagram
Help us share the Countryside Code messages on Facebook and Instagram.
Click on the thumbnail images to download versions you can share on your Facebook or Instagram account.
Watch and share on social media our Graeme Hall videos for dog owners
Keep yourself safe when walking near cows
Sheep worrying: Take the lead
Download and print our poster with advice for dog owners
Click on the poster below to download and print it at home. You might like to put it up on a public right of way, or on a local noticeboard in your community.
Get your FREE gate post signs
Visit this page to order your free gate post signs.
Print a poster of the Countryside Code sign
You can also download and print our green Countryside Code sign. Just click on the size you need below.
Examples from Twitter
It's brilliant that more people are experiencing our beautiful countryside! Remember to help farmers produce the food we love by grabbing your wellies and sticking to the footpaths ??— National Farmers' Union (@NFUtweets) January 18, 2021
Hear more from @agricontract on @BBCFarmingToday from 8 mins ??https://t.co/UuJ8PVVhM4 pic.twitter.com/icnFUgCFim
Examples from Facebook
Get more advice on public access and rights of way in our range of free NFU Business Guides for members
- Livestock Worrying
- Livestock Straying and Trespass to Land (Including Fly-Grazing)
- Rights of Way: Public Inquiries and Hearings
- New rights of way England
- New rights of way Wales
- Unrecorded historic Rights of Way and Definitive Map Modification Orders
- Diverting, downgrading or extinguishing existing rights of way
- Public Path Creation Orders and Agreements
- Stiles, Gates and Cattle Grids on Public Rights of Way
- Livestock and Rights of Way
- Coastal Access (England)
- Town and Village Greens in England
- Town and Village Greens in Wales
- Duty of care to countryside visitors
- Cultivation and Vegetation on Public Rights of Way