AS more people are expected to get into the outdoors this Bank Holiday, the UK’s leading trade organisation for the outdoors, the Outdoor Industries Association, is urging the public to enjoy their time in the countryside without damaging the environment and has published some top tips for how can play a part in helping to achieve this.

Reacting to the increasing popularity of taycations and outdoor activities in the UK, the OIA has launched a free public guide to enjoying the outdoors responsibly. ˜Minimal Impact outlines simple steps that everyone can take to ensure that their time in the outdoors does as little damage as possible to the environment.

Some of the tips include:Walk or ride in single file along trails to minimise damage and avoid creating new parallel tracks. When faced with a muddy length of a track, stick to the middle as walking alongside makes the muddy section wider.

Take all your rubbish away with you and collect any other litter you come across.

Overall, there is less litter in the outdoors these days but in just one day on a popular route in the Lakes, North Wales or the Peak District, it’s easy to collect plenty of packaging and cans left by other people’s thoughtlessness.

As an umbrella attitude to the detail of good practice, bear in mind the watchwords ‘respect, responsibility, consideration and care’. Check for any special restrictions or conditions affecting the area you plan to visit.

The full Minimal Impact guide showcases a series of measures that members of the public can take to reduce the impact of their time in the outdoors. The guide includes clear advice, with specific tips for a range of activities, including hill walking, climbing and camping. Minimal Impact is free to the general public and is available to read and print in the Public Zone on www.outdoorindustriesassociation.co.uk.

Every year, a greater proportion of the population is participating in outdoor activities in the UK, with wide ranging implications.

Louise Ramsay, chief executive of the Outdoor Industries Association, comments: “We are delighted that more people are choosing to spend their leisure time in the outdoors – apart from anything else, the health benefits are significant. However, it is vital that when they do go outdoors, they do so responsibly and prepare and equip themselves adequately, which is where the Outdoor Industries Association and its members can offer the best possible advice.

The Outdoor Industries Association (OIA) is the leading trade body for manufacturers, retailers and other organisations that provide products and services for the outdoor leisure pursuits market in the United Kingdom.

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