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Look after our countryside and parks


Be responsible this summer when you are out and about in the countryside, parks and hundreds of beautiful open spaces we have in County Durham.

If you visit the countryside during the coronavirus pandemic, you should follow Gov.uk: The Countryside Code.

Enjoy the outdoors

  • Plan ahead, check what facilities are available, be prepared.
  • Follow advice and local signs and obey social distancing measures.

Respect other people

  • Consider the local community and other people enjoying the outdoors.
  • Park carefully so access to gateways and driveways are clear.
  • Leave gates and property as you find them.
  • Follow paths but give way to others where it's narrow.

Protect the natural environment

  • Leave no trace of your visit, take all your litter home. While we are working hard to empty the bins, take your rubbish home and recycle it where possible. If you are caught littering you may be fined as much as £2,500.
  • Don't have BBQs or fires - fire can be dangerous and BBQs can damage the grass.
  • Keep dogs under control.
  • Dog poo - bag it and bin it. If there are no bins take it home with you and get rid of it in your normal bin. You could be fined as much as £1,000 if you don't clean up your dog's poo.
  • Be respectful of wildlife - watch birds and animals from a distance.
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