Use our free Countryside Code resources to spread the word with walkers

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The NFU has created a range of shareable resources to help you promote the Countryside Code, and especially responsible dog ownership when using public rights of way through farmland. 

What is the NFU doing?

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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.

Countryside Code straying from footpath can damage crops NFU Twitter infographic

Countryside Code lambing season NFU Twitter infographic

Countryside Code keep to the footpath NFU Twitter infographic

Countryside Code litter can harm NFU Twitter infographic

Countryside Code dog waste NFU Twitter infographic

Countryside Code leave gates and property NFU Twitter infographic

Countryside Code gates and property NFU Twitter infographic

Countryside Code leave no trace NFU Twitter infographic

Countryside Code short lead NFU Twitter infographic

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.

Countryside Code straying from footpath can damage crops NFU Facebook Instagram infographic

Countryside Code lambing season NFU Facebook Instagram infographic

Countryside Code keep to the footpath NFU Facebook Instagram infographic

Countryside Code litter can harm NFU Facebook and Instagram infographic

Countryside Code bag it and bin it NFU Facebook and Instagram infographic

Countryside Code gates and property NFU Facebook Instagram infographic

Countryside Code leave gates and property NFU Facebook Instagram infographic

Countryside Code leave no trace NFU Facebook Instagram infographic

Countryside Code short lead around sheep NFU Facebook Instagram infographic

Watch and share our social media video for dog owners

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.

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Get your FREE gate post signs 

Visit this page to order your free gate post signs. Suite of gatepost signs_77560


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

Examples from Facebook