NFU media coverage: countryside access

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Countryside code

NFU Deputy President Stuart Roberts was quoted in an ITV article reminding people that it's important to take care and be mindful of your surroundings when walking in the countryside. This comes in the wake of further footpath widening and an increase of livestock worrying incidents.


Stuart was also quoted in the I newspaper and the Guardian online discussing the need for the public to keep their dogs on leads and under control when around livestock. 

NFU crops board member Olly Harrison was quoted in an online iNews article.

NFU Cymru President John Davies urged all walkers to follow the Countryside Code. His comments were reported in a BBC article.


Footpath widening

New Covid-19 restrictions have meant more people are accessing the countryside, something which is always welcome, however the increase of people has caused footpaths to widen as people walk on crop to avoid mud. NFU Deputy President Stuart Roberts has been quoted in the Times print newspaper discussing the widening of footpaths in rural areas.

Stuart was also quoted on a BBC Online piece, that also featured NFU crops board member Olly Harrison, discussing the issue.

Olly Harrison was previously interviewed on Farming Today (8 mins) and BBC North West Tonight (15 mins 44 secs) discussing the impact at his farm in Merseyside.



Access to countryside

As visitor numbers to the countryside continue to rise, and with a number of cattle-related deaths, NFU Deputy President Stuart Roberts was interviewed on BBC You & Yours, BBC 5Live's Emma Barnett programme, Daily Mail, BBC News and The Times reassuring the public that they need not be fearful of coming to the countryside but to stay alert and follow the Countryside Code.

He also highlighted the NFU's work campaigning for an amendment to the Highways Act 1980 to allow farmers to divert public rights of way where livestock are present to help keep people safe while enjoying the countryside.