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  1. Excellent post Emma. I have my own issues about the ‘perfect’ images of Instagram and the seasonal trend drives me particularly crazy. Yes, they make for great photos but these get lost in the sea of repetition, especially when everyone is doing pumpkins, bluebells etc.
    No-one should be trespassing or damaging farmers’ livelihoods solely for IG purposes.

  2. I think if we all would use our common sense, nobody would have any issues. I’m a blogger and I will stop and take pictures of the fields. I’ve been in a Brussels sprouts field because I do love them. It didn’t occur to me that anybody could be bothered by this, even if I was trespassing. I didn’t touch the plants, I was on the outskirts all the time and we stopped for less than 5 min. Rapeseed fields are so beautiful, it’s obvious people are attracted to them.
    As a dog owner I’ve been in fields, but I always cleaned up after him, he is always on a lead and not near to livestock or other animals. He is a rottweiler, so I imagine sheep would be scared of him. I kept on the public footpath if there was one.
    I’m sure nobody would mind me being in the fields. The problem is that there are dog owners that don’t pick up in the parks, that allow their dogs to pester other dogs, there are parents that can’t control their children and let them scream and disturb others. Some of them can go on trips and stop by fields, they are the ones that would let the dogs to disturb livestock and wildlife, they are the ones that will let their children going into the fields and trample the plants. It’s a shame for everybody, farmers and other people that only appreciate and respect the beauty of the fields.

  3. I often scroll through Instagram looking at other bloggers “perfect images”. I’ve seen bloggers in the fields around us, walking around for perhaps half an hour, taking hundreds of images trying to get the perfect one. They are so engrossed in taking the images that they completely forget that they might be on someone else’s land.
    I always try to take pictures in parks or other public spaces as I don’t think its fair to take pictures of someone else’s livelihood and display it to the World on social media.

  4. Having worked in agriculture and knowing the work that goes into farming I can totally understand this. There are parts where the crops lay against public footpaths so as long as the crops aren’t interfered with I think that is fine. I wouldnt dream of climbing over a fence to get in a field like that though, the fence is there for a reason and like you say its not really any different to someones garden.

  5. Thanks for raising this issue Emma. I think you’ve hit on a much wider point about access generally. We have lots of issues on our farm with people walking willy nilly around and through fields that are nowhere near the perfectlt good public footpath system. As a farm we really want to encourage people to access the countryside around them and in recent years have put in a couple of permissive footpath systems to vary the walking routes for people. However, we still have issues with people walking elsewhere. Accessing fields for photography is an interesting one. Some farmers (a chap from Gloucestershire who as well as a farmer is a keen wildlife photographer springs to mind) are cashing in and even doing photography days or charging for access to certain sites. I remember when I did some work for the National Trust and we were making a film, the third party company had to get a special license from the Trust before they could film. I think that it should always be up to the photographer to get permission from the landowner. If you don’t now who it us, ask someone local – there’s every likelihood they will know who to ask. 99/100 I reckon the landowner will say yes, no problem, unless there’s a safety or some other issue.

  6. I’m with you on this. I’ve done fields in the past, but only on public footpaths on the side of the field. We don’t have any rapeseed, but we have a historical footpath through our land and it’s a nightmare. Locals with dogs are usually ok, but when they have friends walking dogs through they trample all over the seeded / grass fields, or disturb the cows. We’ve not come across anyone taking photos – we’re abit out of the way, but I wouldn’t think any of the guys would be impressed.

  7. A brilliant post Emma, definitely food for thought. Sadly I am the sort of blogger who wishes I’d taken that photo – I’d never be sharp enough to drag the children into an oilseed rape field for the perfect shot! And I totally agree that everyone should respect other people’s property including crops, footpaths are there for a reason – not so that people can traipse across the whole field.
    Nat.x

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