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Countryside Code

The Countryside Code is your guide to enjoying and caring  for the countryside.

The Countryside Code evolved from a 1930s Country Code which an outcome of an early CPRE campaign. The Countryside Code supports our mission ‘to enhance, promote and protect the Sussex countryside, and the ability of local communities to enjoy and value the natural world.’ In lockdown we’re all valuing countryside and green spaces more than ever. As we seek exercise and relaxation there, it’s worth making sure that we follow the Countryside Code so we can care for the countryside.

If you visit the countryside during the coronavirus pandemic, you should follow the current national guidance.

Natural England published a new version of the Countryside Code in April 2021. The Code advises countryside visitors to:

Respect everyone

  • be considerate to those living in, working in and enjoying the countryside
  • leave gates and property as you find them
  • do not block access to gateways or driveways when parking
  • be nice, say hello, share the space
  • follow local signs and keep to marked paths unless wider access is available

 Protect the environment

  •  take your litter home – leave no trace of your visit
  • do not light fires and only have BBQs where signs say you can
  • always keep dogs under control and in sight
  • dog poo – bag it and bin it – any public waste bin will do
  • care for nature – do not cause damage or disturbance

Enjoy the outdoors

  • check your route and local conditions
  • plan your adventure – know what to expect and what you can do
  • enjoy your visit, have fun, make a memory

Read the full Countryside Code or download the Countryside-Code-leaflet