Growing crops could land farmers in trouble this summer, warns the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) following reports of blocked public rights of way.
Farmers must ensure that paths and bridleways crossing cultivated fields are clearly visible and at all times are not obstructed by growing crops, says the CLA's regional director Dorothy Fairburn. The minimum width for a path that goes across a field is one metre (two metres for a bridleway).
CLA members farm or manage more than half of Yorkshire's countryside and its members are being warned of the growing risk of prosecution as local authorities step up their enforcement policies. The CLA also says that rights of way running along the edge of fields must never be cultivated.