Coronavirus Care and Reinforcing the Countryside Code

April 6th, 2020

From Borough Councillor Tina Combellack 5.4.20

 Dogs and Gates

We are fortunate we are able to take our daily exercise in lovely countryside but please be mindful of the comments made by a local resident.


Remember these are hard surfaces on which the vile-virus can sit and wait for you…. and the last person to open the latch may be the one who inadvertently gives you the virus…

It’s suggested to wear or use something disposable to open any gate latch… a small stick then discard it as far from reach as possible, so no-one else then re-uses it,  but do try to protect hands from gate latches and bars, as you will then inevitably touch your face almost immediately afterwards, and we know what that can mean…. and do wash your hands well once you get home regardless!


As of today it’s now being recommended in some (mainly City) Boroughs that dogs be kept on a lead at all times.  Luckily  that’s not yet the case here in Rushcliffe other than in their Park areas However please make sure that your hounds are under control at all times, especially as we have lots of folk out walking / riding & also heavily pregnant sheep adjacent in adjacent fields.

But above all a heartfelt plea from the Faeces Fairies

Please tidy up after your hound, it’s not a bad dog it’s a bad owner who leaves poo where others may (fear to) tread and please don’t then just hang your poo-bag on a tree, gate or stile, or worse throw it into the canal, put it where it belongs, in your own bin or dog bin  “Good Samaritans” are already flat out so please don’t add to their work – thinking the Faeces Fairies will tidy up after you.

Stay safe, enjoy the lovely countryside and please help keep it equally enjoyable for others.