Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council is giving its support to WalkNI’s ‘The Right Side of Outside’ campaign, which aims to encourage more positive behaviours outdoors.
Representatives from the council and WalkNI met at West Strand Beach in Portrush, a popular location for those looking to escape outdoors and explore; but one that can also be affected by litter, dog mess, parking inappropriately and those not adhering to the rules.
Speaking about the importance of WalkNI’s latest campaign, Mayor Mark Fielding said: “We love to welcome the public to our wonderful sites and beautiful locations across the council area.
“Whilst most understand the need to plan ahead, take litter and dog waste home and follow the rules, there are a number that don’t.
“This then impacts on the positive experiences of others and can cause long lasting negative repercussions for those areas.
“The Right Side of Outside is an excellent campaign that we are delighted to support.
“It really drives home the simple steps needed to enjoy the outdoors the right way and to protect it for the future.
“As we approach the summer season, it is a time we naturally see increases in numbers and consequently a rise in issues such as parking irresponsibly, livestock worrying, increases in litter and the repercussions of those failing to plan appropriately for either the weather or the terrain.
“I urge those visiting the outdoors to put their best foot forward and stay on the right side of outside on every visit.”
Chair of WalkNI’s parent company
Outdoor Recreation NI, Dawson Stelfox
MBE, added: “It is great to have the support of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.
“It is hoped this campaign will encourage behaviour change, ultimately easing some of the main problems in many popular outdoor parks and scenic spots across Northern Ireland.”
n For more information on the campaign visit WalkNI.com or search #RightSideOfOutside