The Farmers’ Union of Wales is urging the public to follow Government guidelines and respect the countryside code in light of the ongoing Coronavirus crisis.
Having received numerous calls from farmers about the public extensively walking across farm land, leaving gates open and letting their dogs run free, Union President Glyn Roberts is urging the public to follow the rules.
Speaking from his farm in North Wales, Mr Roberts said: “ There can be no confusion - public paths and land in many popular areas across Wales have been closed to avoid crowds gathering for very good reason.
“However, despite clear guidance we are still receiving calls from members that the public are ignoring the lockdown rules, leaving gates open and letting their dogs run free on land with livestock on.
“What the public must remember is that when they use public paths crossing farmland, they are walking through someone’s home and workplace. Many of our farmers fall into the vulnerable category and will be self-isolating while also tending to their livestock.
“If they fall ill, there will be nobody to care for their animals and produce the food we all need.”
The FUW is appealing to people, especially dog walkers – to follow Government rules:
- Do not travel – exercise outside close to your home
- Go out alone or with members of your household
- Keep 2m away from others at all times
- Be vigilant with hand-washing and hygiene – gates, stiles and other outdoor structures are touched regularly
- Do not undertake new or risky activities – stay safe during this time of increased burden on our emergency and health services
- Follow the Countryside Code – consider farmers and others who are working hard to keep our shelves stocked and infrastructure running
- Keep dogs on leads
With the Easter Bank Holiday weekend ahead, Mr Roberts added: “Please observe social distancing at all times, and follow the Countryside Code. We have produced gate post signs and posters reminding the public of the rules and regulations - which can be downloaded here: