Frequently Asked Questions

What about safety or if there is an accident
Last Updated a year ago

Everyone entering any of our open or green space areas does so entirely at their own risk and must be aware of their own safety and the safety of others. The countryside and green spaces are generally safe in Britain, but they are not without risk. Please also see the Policies at the web page link at the top of this page, particularly those for Play Areas, Water/Aquatic Habitats, Pets and Paths/Estate roads. Near the front of our Management Plans for Biodiversity you will find a page about site access and safety. Please read this carefully. We also try to indicate the nearest hospital on this page, but for accidents, remain calm, apply First Aid if you confidently can and know how, and call the emergency services if serious or if in doubt.

The main principles everyone should observe when out in the field are:
  • Respect other people;
  • Consider the local community and other people enjoying the outdoors;
  • Leave gates and property as you find them and follow paths unless wider access is available;
  • Protect the natural environment;
  • Leave no trace of your visit and take your litter home;
  • Keep dogs and cats (which should always have bells) under effective control;
  • Dog fouling is a crime (Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005) — always clean up and dispose hygienically;
  • Enjoy the outdoors by planning ahead and being prepared;
  • Follow posted advice and local signs.
Always wear suitable footwear and clothing, check your mobile phone’s signal and battery and keep it with you, and make sure someone responsible knows where you are and when you will return. Always supervise children and take particular care near water.

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