NFU advice on preventing access to farmland

29 June 2022

A picture of a person climbing over a gateway that has a sign saying private area

Denying criminals the ability to commit crime on farmland or associated property, poaching, theft, hare coursing or joyriding for example, seems like an obvious approach to take. However, there are a number of issues to consider before carrying out plans to protect your property.

Some methods, including digging ditches around a perimeter of a field or compound or putting barriers such as logs, old machinery and even reinforced gates and special barriers in front of access points have become an increasing trend to deter would-be criminals.

We've put together a briefing to guide members on appropriate forms of access restrictions.

It covers:

  • Existing initiatives
  • Land management scheme considerations
  • Environmental considerations
  • Planning considerations
  • Rural Payments Agency (RPA) guidance on the creation of ditches

Read the full briefing – Preventing access to farmland 2022

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