Farmers worry about insurance as good weather attracts walkers to countryside

People getting out walking and using the countryside in the good weather have caused concern amongst farmers that they are not following the Countryside Code.

Farmers are also worried that the increased activity on their land could result in them having to pay more to be indemnified.

Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) National Hill Committee Chairman, Flor McCarthy said there has been a “huge increase” in recreational users throughout the countryside in recent weeks.

“IFA is, and always has been, in favour of recreational walking, but the farmer can’t carry a financial risk from this activity,” Mr McCarthy added.

Mr McCarthy also said that while it is encouraging to see people making the most of being out in the countryside, they need to respect farmers’ property and abide by the Countryside Code.

“It has also come to IFA’s attention that dogs are wandering off Coillte and National Parks trails onto private land. People are welcome to use the dedicated and agreed walks throughout the country. 

“However, they must observe the rules, including the exclusion of dogs,” he concluded.

LSL News.