Lockdown and Public Footpaths through Private Gardens.

Lockdown and Public Footpaths through Private Gardens.

I have been looking for guidance concerning public footpaths which go through private gardens. During the last lockdown there were some very unsavoury disputes caused by the lack of clear guidance and the refusal of government to protect vulnerable people from public wandering at will through their private gardens and farmyards.

Happily, I have at least read the following;

Outdoor public places include:

  • parks, beaches, countryside,
  • public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter them), allotments
  • playgrounds

You cannot meet in a private garden.

I am making the assumption that the following definition applies to the word ‘meet’ and therefore that public footpaths through gardens and farms will be closed during lockdown.

verb : arrange or happen to come into the presence or company of (someone).

 I further assume that ramblers ( who are now allowed to organise meetings for groups of 30 will be similarly advised)

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