>  The Country Code
Guard against all risk of fire. Almost every public holiday weekend is marked by countless fires throughout the countryside. The result of a careless action may cost hundreds of thousands of pounds and disrupt the natural life of a large area. Do not throw away matches and cigarette ends while they are alight. Do not knock out a pipe against a tree. Do not leave bottles or jars where they can catch the sunís rays.

Fasten all gates. Any farm animal that is left to wander on to a road may cause a serious accident or, if it gets into the wrong field, gorge itself to death. Always close gates behind you.
Keep dogs under control. The friendly household pet may prove a killer in the open countryside. It may spread disease or it may worry sheep to death. Thousands of sheep are killed by visiting dogs every year. Remember that a farmer is legally entitled to shoot a dog found worrying his animals.
Keep to the paths across farm land. The law obliges all walkers in the countryside to keep to public footpaths. If there is an obstruction walk around it - but keep to the edge of the field - even grass is a valuable crop. Also, remember that what appears to be grass may be more costly wheat, oats or barley. When walking along a narrow track keep in single file.
Avoid damaging fences, hedges and walls - their upkeep is extremely expensive.
Do not leave litter. Take your litter home after a picnic or use any waste bins provided. Remember that litter is unsightly but, more importantly, it can kill animals. Also remember that it is much more expensive to organise litter collection in the countryside than in the towns.
Safeguard water supplies. Do not pollute country streams with waste food, empty cans or bottles. Remember that a river by a camping site may provide a water supply for the local population. Water is important for livestock. Do not interfere with cattle troughs.
Protect wildlife, plants and trees. The countryside is a closely knit community of animals, plants and trees - all of them depending on the others for survival. Do not be tempted to pick the pretty clump of flowers or break off the branch of an attractive tree. The Countryside Commissionís advice is "drive carefully, tread softly and walk warily".
Go carefully on country roads. Narrow winding country lanes are attractive and dangerous. The unsuspected tractor trundling around a hidden corner, or a flock of sheep meandering up the entire width of the road, can cause a serious and expensive accident. When walking, keep to the right, facing oncoming traffic if there is no footpath. Do not drive into fields or on to verges to park. Find a suitable parking place where no damage will be caused. Do not park in narrow lanes.
Respect the life of the countryside. Country people are often suspicious of the summer visitors from the towns. Help to overcome this distrust. Do not harm animals, farm machinery or property.