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Sports pitches

Responsible behaviour by the public

The Access Code says:

You cannot exercise access rights on any sports pitch, playing field or other areas set out for a recreational purpose (such as for archery or other target sports) while it is in use, and take account of grounds maintenance operations, which can include the application of fertilisers or pesticides. In crossing over a sports pitch or playing field, take care not to damage the playing surface. Horse riders and cyclists need to go around such areas.

Responsible behaviour by land managers

The Access Code says:

If you have several pitches, consider providing a signposted route around the margins of the area covered by the pitches.