Felbeck Trust – Health and Safety on our Sites
When in the countryside you are responsible for your own safety and for the safety of others in your care, especially children and vulnerable adults. Please look out for and be prepared for natural hazards, changes in weather, and other events. Wear clothing appropriate for the countryside and for the expected weather conditions.
When visiting any sites managed by Felbeck Trust please respect protect and enjoy our wild places:
· Follow the Countryside Code
· Respect others: consider the local community and other people who are enjoying the outdoors
· Look out for trip & slip hazards: uneven, muddy, wet or marshy ground, animal holes, tree roots - take extra care on boardwalks or when crossing bridges
· Avoid poisonous or stinging plants, brambles, or other foliage with thorns or spikes -don’t pick wild flowers or fungi
· Protect yourself against biting or stinging insects, which can carry disease – be "tick aware" (Lyme disease)
· Protect yourself against bacterial infections (e.g. Weils disease) by avoiding water where wild animals live
· Avoid snakes or places where they may be resting, like piles of leaves or vegetation
· Leave gates and property as you find them and follow the marked paths. Avoid getting too close to stock or boundary fencing which may contain barbed wire
· Keep your dogs under control at all times and on a lead at public events. Clear up and take your dog waste, and any other rubbish, home for disposal
· Follow normal hygiene practices, including washing hands with soap and water or using hand sanitiser, especially before eating
· Make a Doctor’s appointment if you feel unwell after a visit to the countryside
· Protect the natural environment, do not remove anything from the site but do take your litter home - "leave only footprints and take only photographs"