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New gatepost sign for arable and horticultural fields with rights of way

Blue clean up after your dog sign 2017_47726

The NFU has produced a new gatepost sign for arable and horticultural members with rights of way crossing their land.

The NFU has again teamed up with the Kennel Club to produce a new gatepost sign, to educate members of the public on how to responsibly enjoy the countryside. The sign directly addresses two issues frequently raised by members: members of the public trespassing or straying from the footpath; and footpath users not clearing up after their dog, or placing dog poo in a bag, but not taking it away with them.

The sign has been produced off the back of the success of the yellow dog-walking sign we produced, primarily for livestock members, giving a clear reminder to walkers using public footpaths to keep dogs on leads around livestock, but to let them go if they’re being chased or feel threatened by cattle.

Advice to walkers:

The NFU has previous worked with Natural England, the Kennel Club, the Ramblers’ Association and others to produce the Dog Walking Code which elaborates on the generic advice in the Countryside Code. We encourage visitors with dogs to follow the advice contained within the Dog Walking Code to responsibly enjoy the countryside.

Key messages for arable and horticultural land contained within the code include:

  • Do not let your dog off the lead unless you keep it in sight and close enough to come back to you on command.
  • Keep your dog with you on paths or access land and don’t let it stray into crops including fields of grass, fruit and vegetables.
  • Always bag and bin your dog’s waste wherever you are. You can use any public waste bin or your bin at home.
  • Follow paths and leave gates and property as you find them.
  • Use gates, stiles or gaps in field boundaries if you can - climbing over walls, hedges and fences can damage them and increases the risk of farm animals escaping.

How to get the sign:

NFU farmer and grower members can obtain these weather resistant, polypropylene, signs and business guides, free of charge, from NFU CallFirst on 0370 845 8458 or from your group office.

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  • Posted by: John LampittPosted on: 26/10/2017 21:19:16

    Comment: The sign seems to presume that a bin is available on site for disposal. That may well not be so in which case dog walkers should bag and take home any faeces deposited on rights of way crossing members' land. Most members will not relish the task of providing and emptying bins nor of collecting filled bags.
  • Posted by: archie montgomeryPosted on: 01/11/2017 10:38:54

    Comment: Well done working with the Kennel Club to get this sign, especially highlighting food production. However I would very much prefer the addition of one word, "close", inserted before control. Most NFU members will have walkers exercising their dogs, on and off footpaths, whose ability to control the animal in the face of temptation (like game birds, deer etc.) is limited.
    Nearly all walkers are completely unaware of the potential harm to the wildlife that there pet inadvertently causes, sometimes by just being there. Please give consideration to a similar, perhaps green, sign with a greater emphasis, not on food but Wildlife, particularly ground dwelling birds and mammals. It would be more powerful if you could also expand your drafting group to include the Ramblers and CPRE.
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