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 shortened version of the Countryside Code. This Covid- 19 version of the Countryside Code advises:

Respect other people

  • Consider the local community and other people enjoying the outdoors
  • Park carefully so access to gateways and driveways is clear
  • Leave gates and property as you find them
  • Follow paths but give way to others where it’s narrow

Protect the natural environment

  • Leave no trace of your visit, take all your litter home
  • Don’t have BBQs or fires
  • Keep dogs under effective control
  • Dog poo – bag it and bin it

Enjoy the outdoors

  • Plan ahead, check what facilities are open, be prepared
  • Follow advice and local signs and obey social distancing measures

Download a copy of the shortened Covid-19 version of the Code.

The full Countryside Code provides advice for the general public and land managers in normal circumstances.

Read the full Countryside Code or download a copy.

Natural England plans to produce two new versions of the full Code – one aimed at visitors to the countryside, and one aimed at landowners and land managers. CPRE has offered Natural England advice on a revised Code. See CPRE Countryside Code response

Before publishing the new Code, Natural England is also seeking the public’s views on what should be in it. To take part click here.

The survey is open until 5pm on Monday 11 January 2021.