Can you help Natural England promote the messages of the Countryside Code especially to
families with school age children?
The last few months have certainly been strange and challenging for all of us and especially
children some of whom have had to spend so much time away from school. However we
are aware how much more time many children have had with their families and our research
and the press have shown many more people using and enjoying our beautiful countryside
both near to home and further afield. We are hopeful that many of the families who have
enjoyed our countryside during this time will want to continue to visit and benefit from
engaging with nature but we are also keen to make sure that everyone is aware of their
rights and responsibilities in the countryside.
The Countryside Code has for many decades set out information in a concise manner and
as a result of the current situation Natural England has developed a revised version of the
code reflecting new practices including “give way to others where it’s narrow” and “obey
social distancing measures”. Here is the revised 2-sided poster for printing or sharing
For those who are working with children over the summer, suggested activities that could be
built around the code to help families engage with the messages might include;
– Colouring competitions – poster designs
– Recording and looking into what the different signs mean etc and to facilitate this we
are also enclosing a short summary of the main signs which you may wish to use.
– For older children – what messages do you think have been added to the code for
Covid? Research news on the misuse of the Countryside.
Please help us share these messages so more people can safely enjoy nature.
The Countryside Code – GOV.UK