Just a few pictures we have taken while walking about the place over the winter, and two late entrants for last summer that never made the cut in earlier blogs. Some of them were taken in January after a light dusting of snow, and one of them is a shot of our meadow hay being made, which is taken from well established permanent pasture with a wide variety of grass and native plant species. We have a mixture of productive Ryegrass and Clover leys, and Lucerne and Timothy on the better ground, but a lot of the Eastern side of the farm will remain as old permanent pasture. There are well documented tracks and bridleways that are open to the public and our guests at all times, and maps are provided in both the Cowshed, and Middle Stolford. All we ask is follow the countryside code, which you can view here. For those familiar with the code, a summary of the 2021 changes is provided below. We stress the importance of keeping your dog on a lead however, with so many small animals around it’s the safest approach!
Key changes to the Countryside Code include:
- New advice for people to ‘be nice, say hello, share the space’ as well as ‘enjoy your visit, have fun, make a memory’.
- A reminder not to feed livestock, horses or wild animals.
- To stay on marked footpaths, even if they are muddy, to protect crops and wildlife.
- Information on permissions to do certain outdoor activities, such as wild swimming.
- Clearer rules for dog walkers to take home dog poo and use their own bin if a there are no public waste bins.
- A refreshed tone of voice, creating a guide for the public rather than a list of rules – recognising the significant health and wellbeing benefits of spending time in nature.
- New wording to make clear that the code applies to all our natural places, including parks and waterways, coast and countryside.