Agri Aware compiles code of use for Irish Countryside

A new initiative is urging recreational users of the countryside to ask landowners for permission to use their land. The charitable trust Agri Aware has compiled a code for the Irish countryside which has a list of basic rules. Hill walking and other pursuits have become contentious issues in recent years, with some farmers objecting to people crossing their land because they argue due care isn’t taken.This new code is designed to set out guidelines to help keep people safe while enjoying the countryside. The model used is a walking trail at Lough Dan in Wicklow which has been developed by a volunteer group that works with farmers and landowners. The code contains 15 simple points and also asks people to respect the wishes of those who don’t allow access.