LANDOWNERS in the region are urging people to follow the Countryside Code.

Several organisations with sites across Keighley – including the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, which manages Low Wood, Riddlesden – have joined forces to issue the plea as lockdown eases and more people head to the countryside.

Advice in the code includes consider the local community and other people enjoying the outdoors and park carefully so access to gateways and driveways is clear, ensure you follow paths, take litter home, keep dogs under control and don’t light barbecues or fires.

Crispin Thorn, Yorkshire and North East director with the Forestry Commission, says: “The easing of lockdown restrictions is welcome news and the ability to meet-up with friends and family outside in larger groups will be a relief for many.

“Yorkshire offers a wide range of opportunities to meet and socialise in green spaces and open countryside, but it is important people are considerate of the environment. Visitors should make sure they follow the Countryside Code, take litter home with them and adhere to the latest Government Covid guidelines.”