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It’s great to see so many local people utilising the open spaces and rights of way for their daily exercise around us in Dorchester but it would seem many are unaware of the Countryside Code. Lots of new visitors (local families and young people) have been visiting during lockdown but failing to close gates behind them, leading to livestock escapes and presuming one can cycle anywhere in the countryside which you can’t.  We also had the fire, caused by a barbecue, in Puddletown Forest and many people are failing to put dogs on leads in livestock areas.






Please follow the Countryside Code and don't forget to keep at least 2 metres apart from anyone outside your household when out and about - Stay Safe.