Underfunded countryside at risk

Rise in litter other issues is a result of underfunding, according to campaigners.

An unprecedented rise in litter, damaging fires and ‘fly-camping’ across the English countryside is partly a result of the government spending less than £2,000 a year over the past decade on promoting the Countryside Code, campaigners say.

The fate of a future refresh by Natural England will be decided by the current spending review. 

A Defra spokesperson remarked: “The Countryside Code is there to protect people, property and habitats—and we urge people to follow the guidance and respect the communities and environment that make up this iconic part of our country.

“We are committed to ensuring the code remains comprehensive and up to date, which is why it was recently revised to respond to issues raised during lockdown.”


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