Lulworth Estate demands better manners from visitors this summer

Amid the easing of lockdown, Lulworth Estate is petitioning the government to insist that holidaymakers “respect” the outdoors in a bid to avoid the environmental damage that was caused by visitors in 2020 and is requesting for three countryside rules to be put in place to prevent further trouble.

With the roadmap out of lockdown announced by the Prime Minister on Monday 22nd February 2021, many people will be eager to flock to the coast for staycations this summer.


But after mass littering, toileting in bushes and fly camping last summer, Lulworth Estate wants people to adapt with three steps to better protect the countryside.

People on Durdle Door despite its closure
Poole Police
Abandoned BBQs at Durdle Door
Lulworth Estate
Graffiti at Durdle Door
Lulworth Estate

Graffiti at Durdle Door

Change of behaviour

Once the lockdown is lifted and visitors can return to the countryside and beaches en masse, the estate wants people to follow what it calls “simple countryside behaviours.”

In a statement from the Lulworth Estate, penned by its owner, James Weld, there are three requests:

“Firstly, to take home with you what you bring, including picnic rubbish, clothing, nappies, bags, umbrellas, rugs and more. If it is yours, we thank you for looking after it.

“Secondly, not to light fires. Cold or hot takeaway picnics are welcome, but use flasks or insulated containers, not barbecue and open fires that can ignite large swathes of the countryside.

“Thirdly, be prepared. Wear good sturdy shoes to the countryside and beach. No-one wants their day trip to end with a long ambulance wait for a broken ankle. The NHS are already under immense pressure.”

Rubbish at Durdle Door
Project Planet
Beach Litter at Durdle Door
Lulworth Estate

Large scale littering

Lulworth Estate is home to some of Dorset’s best known beauty spots including Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door – and consequently attracts huge scores of visitors each summer.

However, in the wake of the lifting of the first lockdown, it was blighted by mass littering, uncontrolled BBQ fires and other environmentally harmful acts. This problem was by no means exclusive to Lulworth, with Wareham Forest being hit by fire caused by barbecues.

The statement from Lulworth Estate continues:

“With the petition we are asking the government to enact a public campaign urging domestic tourists to be responsible countryside citizens. The campaign would be a nationwide incentive for sustained public behaviour messaging:

“The Prime Minister to make an announcement(s) at the end of lockdown

“The Minister for Tourism to bring urgent 2021 messaging to day trippers and staycationers

“The Departments of Education and Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to bring a sustained education initiative to the nation, thus creating a lasting legacy.”

Durdle Door
Lulworth Estate

Durdle Door in a previous summer

The “beneficial effect nature has”

In conclusion, the statement from Lulworth Estate adds:

“As a nation we are constantly encouraged by the government to take advantage of the beneficial effect nature has on us, but they seem to have forgotten to remind us of our basic Countryside manners.

“Spending months clearing up litter and human faeces day after day, calling 999 to prevent BBQ fires from spreading uncontrolled, or to accidents which didn’t need to happen is not something that anybody wishes to repeat in 2021.”

Lulworth Cove
Lulworth Estate

Lulworth Cove is a natural beauty

Further information

The Lulworth Estate’s petition is not yet online, but it is expected to be released in the next few weeks.

More information about Lulworth Estate is on its website.

Share this story

Contact us

Do you have anything to add to this story?

We like to keep everything up-to-date, so if you know more, please help us by getting in touch.


Top stories

Dorset on ‘full standby’ as crowds head to the beach during heatwave With the temperature set to soar, Dorset Council says it’s prepared for the expected visitors and has put in measures to ensure everyone can enjoy a safe trip to the ... 1 month ago Studland cut off as fire breaks out across tinder dry heath 5 days ago Fire crews stay overnight damping down hotspots after Studland fire 4 days ago Swanage Carnival announces new events for 2022 2 months ago Dorset Police update on assault outside Swanage bar 3 weeks ago

Most recent

Welcome return for Wareham Wednesdays as pirates invade! The major summer fundraiser for Wareham in Dorset - a series of Wednesdays in August with music, funfair stalls and fireworks at the quay - is back after three years. 2 hours ago Songwriter returns to Swanage for ‘the most beautiful views’ 1 day ago Church Knowle fete draws crowds and runs out of vital supplies! 2 days ago Studland fire: Cars towed after driving over water hose to park 3 days ago Campfire and barbecue found at scene of Studland Heath fire 4 days ago