PROPOSALS for a freedom to roam bill for ramblers are being opposed by the Country Landowners Association and the NFU. The Access to the Countryside Bill, which spells out Ramblers Association policy, will be brought before parliament in the New Year by Labour MP Paddy Tipping (Sherwood). The draft bill proposes freedom to roam in open country, including rough grazing, subject to restrictions, which if broken would place them open to trespass charges.
TREASURE trove seekers using metal detectors on farmland face a crackdown if a parliamentary Private Members Bill gets the green light in the new year. Sir Anthony Grants (Con, Cambs south-west) Treasure Bill will give the Crown protection to a wider range of finds and force seekers to report finds within 14 days or face charges.