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Be mindful in the British countryside

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For many, the festive period offers an important opportunity to reflect on the year past – and make plans for the year ahead.

Taking time out over the festive season can clear the mind, helping to make sure you can start the New Year revitalised and refreshed.

With fresh air and inspiring scenery, the great British countryside is the perfect solution, offering an easy way to reconnect with nature and escape the hustle and bustle. In fact, the countryside that our farmers work so hard to look after attracts around 340 million day trips a year in England, which in turn helps to boost tourism and the economy.

So while you’re enjoying a dose of rural beauty, stay safe with our top mindful tips:

  • Farms are working environments with heavy machinery, so take extra care when you’re out walking
  • Leave gates as you find them and follow instructions on signs
  • During the winter months many animals are in the early stages of pregnancy so it’s essential that they don’t feel threatened
  • Never get between cows and their calves - go around the herd and re-join the path as soon as possible
  • Don’t panic or run if cattle follow you - stay calm and walk quickly and quietly around the herd
  • Keep your dog close, under control, in sight and on a short lead around cows and sheep
  • Dog poo can spread disease to farm animals. Bag it and bin it wherever you are - any public bin will do
  • For the health of your pet and farm animals, follow your vet’s advice on worming
  • If you are threatened by cattle release your dog so you can both get to safety separately

We’d love to see your festive countryside photos this winter. Follow and tag us on Instagram @nfucountryside and use #loveyourcountryside

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