Countryside Alliance warns lockdown walkers not to damage fields
Fields near Bishop's Stortford are being damaged as people spend more time outside during the coronavirus crisis.
As part of a nationwide awareness campaign, the Countryside Alliance, a rural organisation with over 100,000 members across the UK, has highlighted damage to soil and crops near Furneux Pelham caused by lockdown walkers straying from paths.
Head of policy Sarah Lee said: "Getting out into the great British countryside during these bleak times is incredibly important for so many of us, especially for our mental wellbeing.
"It's important to remember that the countryside is also a place of work for so many people.
"Please respect the importance of sticking to footpaths and other walkways while maintaining social distance.
"If you cannot avoid opening a gate, please be sure to close it behind you and remember to use a sanitiser after doing so. This is about everybody's safety."