Yet, as one of the primary custodians of the country’s heritage, the National Trust should be coming to the fore on this issue at a time when England’s much celebrated ‘green and pleasant land’ is at rapid risk of resmebling a rubbish tip as the new Countryside Code is ignored with such depressing regularity.
At a time when Covid has forced people to explore the ‘great outdoors’ in unprecedented numbers, it is a sad indictment on society that more effective ways need to be found to educate families about respecting the countryside and protecting wildlife – and who better than the National Trust to lead this urgent mission?
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