Take The Pledge

Green Tourism

Take The Pledge - image copyright Jan Sedlacek

The Malverns is made up of over 3,000 acres of managed natural landscapes by the Malvern Hills Trust, Malvern Hills Natural Landscape (AONB), Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, Malvern Hills District Council and Worcestershire County Council, along with around 1000 miles of public footpaths wandering through some of England’s most beautiful countryside.

Our passion for conservation means we want to keep our beautiful countryside, beautiful, for the benefit of our future generations to enjoy.

We’re asking YOU, (our visitors and residents) to ‘Take The Pledge’ on a day out around The Malverns by sticking to The Countryside Code.

I, …………………NAME………………., pledge to stick to the Countryside Code when visiting The Malverns.

Take the pledge here

The Countryside Code

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Protect The Environment

  • Take your litter home – leave no trace of your visit
  • Do not light fires and only have BBQs where signs say you can
  • Always keep dogs under control and in sight
  • Dog poo – bag it and bin it – any public waste bin will do
  • Care for nature – do not cause damage or disturbance
  • We all have a responsibility to protect our countryside and open spaces for current and future generations.
  • Care for nature – do not cause damage or disturbance. Leave rocks, stone, plants and trees as you find them and take care not to disturb wildlife including birds that nest on the ground.
  • Do not disturb ruins or historic sites – our heritage in the natural and built environment is important.

Farming, Livestock and Wild Animals

  • Your actions can affect other people’s lives and livelihoods.
  • Co-operate with people working in the countryside. For example, follow the farmer’s directions when animals are being moved or gathered. This helps keep everybody safe.
  • Leave gates and property as you find them or follow instructions on signs. When in a group, make sure the last person knows how to leave the gates. Farmers close gates to keep animals in or leave them open to give access to food and water. Do not interfere with farm machinery, horses or livestock. If you think a farm animal is in distress, try to alert the farmer.
  • Give wild animals, livestock and horses plenty of space. Their behaviour can be unpredictable, especially when they are with their young and you could get hurt.
  • Do not feed livestock, horses or wild animals as it can cause them harm.

Respect Everyone

  • Be considerate to those living in, working in and enjoying the countryside
  • Leave gates and property as you find them
  • Do not block access to gateways or driveways when parking
  • Be nice, say hello, share the space
  • Follow local signs and keep to marked paths unless wider access is available