With warmer weather and easing restrictions after a long winter, the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty team is pleased to see people enjoying the benefits of walks and outdoor space in this protected landscape.
Spring flowers in the hedgebanks, newborn lambs in fields and birdsong overhead combine to revive the soul and bring a sense of new beginnings at a time when we need nature more than ever.
The return to our countryside and outdoor spaces coincides with a revised Countryside Code launched earlier this month by Natural England. With more people seeking out green spaces for exercise and enjoyment, the ‘Respect, Protect, Enjoy’ message has been updated.
Dan Cooke, AONB Manager, says; “The Tamar Valley and other protected landscapes are the perfect tonic for our collective health and wellbeing, and it’s great to see more people now able to get out and enjoy the West Country’s special places.
“Our AONB is also home to many farmers and local communities, who help to keep the Tamar Valley special, so when visiting please follow local signs and keep to marked paths, to help protect crops and wildlife. Please park considerately, too, leaving gateways free for farm access.”
The Countryside Code also reminds people to keep dogs under close control and ensure they stay away from wildlife, livestock and horses; to take your litter home with you; and to be considerate to those living in, working in and enjoying the countryside.
The full Countryside Code can be viewed here – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-countryside-code
Please also adhere to the latest government guidelines when visiting the Tamar Valley AONB, to help us all to stay safe while enjoying the places on offer.