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IRAIN - In addition to 10 national parks, 40 areas of outstanding natural beauty....

In addition to 10 national parks, 40 areas of outstanding natural beauty and 850 kilometres (1,365 km) of heritage coastline, we now have 1,500 kilometres (2,400 km) of long-distance paths, 206 country parks and 239 landscaped picnic sites. Yet still only 26 per cent of us say that we know our local countryside well, while 72 per cent want to know more about what they can do and where they can go. WHAT NEEDS TO CHANGE: Information about the countryside - where people can go, how they can get there, and what they can do - needs to be more widely available.

The rights of way network must be properly maintained and adequately signposted. Land-use policies and strategies affecting the countryside should be integrated so that people working in it and visiting it can enjoy it together, without harming its ecological balance. WHAT YOU CAN DO: Find out about your local area: the nearest footpaths, woods, streams and parks.

Buy a local large-scale map (they're called 'Pathfinder' and have green covers; most also show rights of way). Make sure you abide by the Country Code: guard against fire; fasten gates; keep dogs under control; keep to public paths across farmland; use gates and stiles to cross walls and fences; take your litter home; keep watercourses clean; don't over-pick or damage plants; and don't make unnecessary noise. More than a third of countryside visitors walk on roads or roadside footpaths, so be very careful on country lanes if you drive. Write to the Countryside Commission for a free copy of Out In The Country: Where You Can Go and What You Can Do, a helpful website full of information about everthing from kite-flying to the legal aspects of using a metal detector.

Find out about nearby countryside attractions from your local tourist information office or leisure and recreation department. RESPECTING THE COUNTRYSIDE WHO BENEFITS? You: When those who visit and work in the countryside respect and look after it, you will be able to enjoy an unpolluted and unspoilt landscape whenever you go for a walk or a picnic.

Other people: The careful and integrated management of the countryside benefits farmers, other people who live in the country and all those who visit it. The environment: Observing the Country Code will benefit the environment in many ways: keeping it clean, protecting plants and wildlife, and generally ensuring that your visit does it no harm. COUNTRYSIDE CAMPAIGNING - THE FACTS: As The UK's population has grown and human activities have required the use of ever more land, machinery and chemicals, so the UK countryside and the wildlife that inhabits it have suffered.

Over the past 35 years the nation has lost 95 per cent....

Over the past 35 years the nation has lost 95 per cent of its lowland herb-rich grasslands, 80 per cent of its chalk and limestone grasslands, 60 per cent of its lowland heath... read more

Talk to local farmers. They often feel isolated and misunderstood, and may....

Talk to local farmers. They often feel isolated and misunderstood, and may well appreciate contact with local concerned residents.

The two best websites to r... read more

Learn about trees and their needs, and find out about local tree-planting....

Learn about trees and their needs, and find out about local tree-planting groups that you and your children might join: Men of the Trees and The Woodland