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Call to respect the local countryside

 
Created on 22/02/2021 @ 09:04
Local residents are being urged to respect the countryside around Newtown as Covid-19 restrictions ease.

You can now get out and about with four people from two households, and in the coming weeks we can expect a bigger relaxing of rules that will enable us to take advantage of the lighter evenings and warmer weather,

During Alert Level Four, the message to get out and make use of our countryside has been loud and clear for not only our physical but mental health. You can exercise as much as you want providing it starts and finishes from our homes.

“The one overriding benefit we have here in Powys during these restrictions, is access to an abundance of outdoor space to safely explore from our doorsteps,” said Cllr Heulwen Hulme, Powys County Council Cabinet Member for Environment.

“With hundreds of miles of public rights of way, foot paths and cycle lanes, getting out for a daily dose of exercise and fresh air is something we can all take advantage of while still complying with the current coronavirus restrictions.

“However, with more and more of us making the most of our beautiful countryside and with the prospect of spring weather and lighter evenings not far away, it has never been more important to ensure we stick to the countryside code while enjoying the outdoors.”

Please remember to:

Respect other people

Consider the local community and other people enjoying the outdoors
Do not obstruct access to gateways
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
Keep dogs under effective control and on a lead near livestock
Dog poo - bag it and bin it, or take it with you
Enjoy the outdoors

Plan ahead, check what facilities are open, be prepared
Follow advice and local signs and obey social distancing measures
To find out more about the Countryside Code, please visit https://en.powys.gov.uk/countryside