School children from Thornlie P.S. playing and exploring within their schoolgrounds, Wishaw. ©Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or

School playing fields

Responsible behaviour by the public

The Access Code says:

Access rights do not apply to land next to a school and which is used by the school (such as school playing fields).

Responsible behaviour by land managers

The Access Code says:

When not in use by the school, such land may provide a valued local green space for the community. Schools are encouraged to permit such use by the public when not in use by the school.