Natural England - The Countryside Code

The Countryside Code

The Countryside Code applies to all parts of the countryside. Most of it is just good common sense, designed to help us all to respect, protect and enjoy our countryside.

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The Code, which applies in England and Wales, makes it clear what the responsibilities are for both the public and the people who manage the land.

The Countryside Codeexternal link started life in the 1950s as the Country Code. It was updated in 2012.

Code for the publicĀ 

Respect other people

Protect the natural environment

Enjoy the outdoors

Code for land managers

3 sections of the Code are dedicated to land managers: