We have contacted Abbots Langley Parish Council and Herts County Council to make them aware of increased littering, dog excrement and trespassing on landowners land during the Covid-19 pandemic. We suggested a variety of solutions and would like to work with the local authorities to implement these.

  • Create Footpath Wardens if these are not already in operation.  This would be very helpful in ensuring that Footpaths are being well maintained and any problems can be addressed promptly.  Abbots in Transition would like to be part of promoting / supporting such a scheme.
  • Promote the teaching of the Countryside Code in schools
  • The Countryside Code should be better promoted and given more prominence.  Maybe signage is required near prominent footpaths. 
  • A Public Awareness Campaign about the importance of Nature involving Government, Nature and wildlife organizations
  • Ensure signage of footpaths is very clear so that people know where the footpaths are and what is private land.  Work in conjunction with landowners.
  • Dog toilet on footpaths or around the edges of crop fields is not always being cleared up or is being left near animals e.g in bags tied onto a fence, in trees etc.  Safe disposal of dog toilet.  Are there enough dog bins? Raising awareness of fines.  Signage?
  • Litter being left.  Are there sufficient litter bins in key locations and are they emptied regularly so that litter is not left spilling over onto the ground?
  • Footpaths are sometimes used to dump household, builders and garden rubbish which could cause a danger to wildlife.  This is often difficult to remove when it is the responsibility of the landowner.  Signage around littering, fly tipping could be useful in hotspots.
  • Risk/harm to livestock from dogs.  Raise awareness.  Work with landowners.  Signage?
  • Reflecting on the language used about Nature. Nature is seen in a consumerist manner as a provider of services and resources rather than the place in which we live and upon which all life depends.
  • What can be done to encourage a more respectful relationship with Nature?
  • More education around Nature.  Maybe information boards about what wildlife can be found in an area. 
  • ·         Create Footpath Wardens if these are not already in operation.  This would be very helpful in ensuring that Footpaths are being well maintained and any problems can be addressed promptly.  Abbots in Transition would like to be part of promoting / supporting a scheme.
  • ·         If not done so already the Countryside Code should be taught in schools.
  • ·         The Countryside Code should be better promoted and given more prominence.  Maybe signage is required near prominent footpaths. ·         A Public Awareness Campaign about the importance of Nature involving Government, Nature and wildlife organizations,
  • ·         Ensure signage of footpaths is very clear so that people know where the footpaths are and what is private land.  Work in conjunction with landowners.
  • ·         Dog toilet on footpaths or around the edges of crop fields is not always being cleared up or is being left near animals e.g in bags tied onto a fence, in trees etc.  Safe disposal of dog toilet.  Are there enough dog bins? Raising awareness of fines.  Signage?
  • ·         Litter being left.  Are there sufficient litter bins in key locations and are they emptied regularly so that litter is not left spilling over onto the ground?
  • ·         Footpaths are sometimes used to dump household, builders and garden rubbish which could cause a danger to wildlife.  This is often difficult to remove when it is the responsibility of the landowner.  Signage around littering, fly tipping could be useful in hotspots.
  • ·         Risk/harm to livestock from dogs.  Raise awareness.  Work with landowners.  Signage?
  • ·         Reflecting on the language used about Nature. Nature is seen in a consumerist manner as a provider of services and resources rather than the place in which we live and upon which all life depends.
  • ·         What can be done to encourage a more respectful relationship with Nature?
  • ·         More education around Nature.  Maybe information boards about what wildlife can be found in an area. 
Footpaths and our use of the countryside