The Country Code
- Guard against the risk of fire. Great damage is done every year to crops, plantations, woodlands and heath. A match or cigarette thrown away or a pipe carelessly knocked out, picnic fires not properly put out or lighted near dry crops, can quickly start a blaze.
- Fasten all gates. If animals get out of a field thet stray. As a result they may do serious damage to crops, suffer injury on the roadsm or eat food that is harmful.
- Keep dogs under control. Animals are easily frightened, even by small playful dogs. Stillbirths may be the result.
- Keep to the paths across farm land. Crops are damaged by treading; flattened crops are difficult to harvest. Grass is a valuable crop.
- Avoid damaging fencing, hedges and walls. If these are damaged, gaps will be caused. Where a person goes, an animal may follow.
- Leave no litter. Litter is not just unsightly, but often a danger as well. Broken glass and tins may injure animals and harm machinery.
- Safeguard water supplies. Countrymen often depend on wells and streams for water for themselves and for their animals.
- Protect wild life, plants and trees. Wild animals should not be disturbed, plants uprooted, or trees treated roughly.
- Go carefully on country roads. If there is no footpath, walkers are generally safer on the right, facing on-coming traffic. Care and patience are needed by motorists when passing farm animals.
- Respect the life of the countryside. Many of the machines and much of the business stock of which the farmer for his livelihood have to be kept in the open. Take care not to damage them.