Regulating bushcraft

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Broch

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Every farm has a midden. Be thankful that they always dump the rubbish in exactly the same place. I wouldn't ever align them with the crap-casters, tossing and scattering rubbish with every step.

The Neolithic people on the west coast of Canada have done this as well over 15,000 years. The shell middens (oyster/clam/mussel) contain 10s of thousands of cubic meters of shell.

I wish that was true. When I canoed a local river over two days a couple of years ago the banks were strewn with silage bale plastic. My onw wood has to be regularly 'litter picked' of the same stuff that the farmers just leave lying about and then gets blown everywhere.

No other industry would be allowed to get away with the mess left and dumped in the countryside.

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Fadcode

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I don't think you have anything to worry about regarding the Govt licensing "Bushcraft", for the simple thing is that it would affect everyone, and no Govt would bring in something like that, you only have to look at the restrictions on Covid, they didn't affect everyone, and the Govt were willing to pay most peoples wages, so no loss of votes there, but if any party attemted to take away leisure activities that basically affected everyone, they would probably never get into power again.

In reality most Govts have no real interest in the countryside, the rural areas just cost Govt's money, they dont do anything for the economy, (I am not talking about Farmers here), you only have to look at the infrastructure in rural places, they are not usually worth the investment of building roads, etc, in Cornwall we have one main road which is a dual carriageway, the rest are narrow lanes, and despite it being a holiday destination for a few months of the year, the rest of the year its reasonably quiet.

The same on Exmoor, Dartmoor and many other areas of moorland throughout the country, they attract the crowds but not the investment, and that is another reason why "Bushcraft" would never be licensed, because if they did the Govt ( or licensing Authority, Quango) would have to take on the responsibility of making sure the areas would be fit for purpose, and that would be a lot more money that they would ever get from issuing licenses.

Regarding the litter situation which is abhorrent, the chance of being caught is obviously the reason it happens, and the onus lays with local councils, and unless they are willing to police the situation it will continue. Industrial fly tipping is now out of control, people making fortunes for waste clearance but not willing to pay the tip fees, so just dump it anywhere, the council are quite adept at giving out parking tickets, and collecting charges at car parks,speeding fines, but pay little heed to the important matters that affect us all.
(Rant over time for me tea)
 
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Erbswurst

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Would a farmer open his own illegal rubbish dump in Germany one of the next hikers who comes along surely would report him to the police.
 
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I wish that was true. When I canoed a local river over two days a couple of years ago the banks were strewn with silage bale plastic. My onw wood has to be regularly 'litter picked' of the same stuff that the farmers just leave lying about and then gets blown everywhere.

No other industry would be allowed to get away with the mess left and dumped in the countryside.

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Oh and as for the legal part? This from Farmers Weekly.
"In 2006, the Waste Management Regulations banned the burning or burying of farm waste – including plastic and cardboard – meaning farmers have a legal duty to send waste off-farm, either to recycling or a landfill site."
 

TLM

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"In 2006, the Waste Management Regulations banned the burning or burying of farm waste – including plastic and cardboard – meaning farmers have a legal duty to send waste off-farm, either to recycling or a landfill site."
Does anyone police it? Are there fines for not doing it?
 

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