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Scottish Outdoor Access Code to be Reviewed

LISTEN: Robin Traquair gives his view on the Scottish Outdoor Code Review

Farmers across Scotland have voted to change the outdated and ‘unfit for purpose’ Scottish Outdoor Access Code in a bid to curb fly tipping and dirty camping.

This could mean a big overhaul on issues such as dirty camping and fly-tipping which blighted Highland Perthshire in recent years.

The National Farmers Union (NFU) Scotland surveyed members in November to gather feedback on the Scottish Outdoor Access Code, a key resource in keeping rural communities safe as well as protecting the livelihood of farmers and crofters.

Following the COVID 19 pandemic, clear issues presented themselves and the code is to be updated for the first time in 17 years.

NFU Scotland’s Vice President Robin Traquair said: “Our members have made it clear in their response to our survey that the Scottish Outdoor Access Code is no longer fit for purpose and needs to be updated.

“The Code has not been formally reviewed for 17 years since it was first approved by Scottish Parliament in 2004.

“The past couple of years of increased access have shown that more needs to be done to protect Scottish farmers and crofters’ ability to safely produce the high quality, sustainable food and drink expected by consumers.”

NFU Scotland has seen a rise in people journeying to the countryside over the last two years because of the COVID 19 pandemic.

The Scottish Outdoor Access Code which was approved seventeen years ago has been said to be no longer effective for these changing times and need modernised. NFU surveyed their members for their views on the code what needed changed

Robin Traquair added: “The Scottish Countryside is a beautiful working environment, and to protect it for all who want to enjoy it NFU Scotland have been discussing the issues with Edward Mountain MSP, who is engaging with a range of stakeholders and seeking a review of the Access Code to bring it up to date.

“That is something that our members clearly support.”

For more information, please visit https://www.nfus.org.uk/

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