Frequently Asked Questions
Why is it so?
We get a lot of questions from you who visit our areas. In this section, we answer some of them such as why there is so much litter, why the dog needs to be kept on a lead and if it's dangerous to go through pastures.
There are many of us who want to enjoy nature - and visitors with different interests need to share the same paths. In our recreation areas there are people hiking, fishing, people with dogs and on horses, families, school groups, campers, cyclists and different organisations. To show consideration for each other becomes particularly important.
Here, we've tried to answer some of the most common questions.
Why do I need to keep the dog on a lead?
Loose dogs might scare other people or animals. Out of respect for other visitors and the wildlife in the area you should put your dog on a lead. Always keep it on the lead when walking through pastures. In nature reserves you always have to keep your dog on the lead.
Why is there so much litter?
No one wants to see a seating area full of garbage and rubbish on the trails. Unfortunately, this is sometimes what our visitors have to see. Always bring your rubbish to the bins by the parking areas. Since collection has to be done in connection to bigger roads or parking areas, we have chosen to place the bins here.
We empty the bins regularly. Weekends with good weather and many visitors, they can sometimes get too full. We try to adapt collection so that there is enough room in them.
Can I ride my bike on the trails?
There is no ban on cycling in nature. But keep in mind that our trails are primarily meant to be walked and hiked on. So take it easy and don't ride to fast. There are many visitors with different interests that have to share the same trails. In Bockeboda, Klåveröd, Järavallen, Kronoskogen and Skrylle there are special trails for mountain bikes.
Why don't you fix things in the area?
We get this question every now and then. Normally, it refers to signs that are old, waymarkings that are difficult to see, tables or benches that are broken or trails that need maintenance. The answer is that we know, all too well. The wear and tear is high in our 19 recreation areas and the need for maintenance is big, unfortunately, bigger than our resources. This means we have to prioritize different areas each year.
But please continue to contact us if you see things that need to be addressed and we promise to do what we can. Of course we want our recreation areas to maintain a high standard.
Can I ride my horse in the woods?
Trails, wet and sensitive ground are easily damaged by spurting horse hooves. It's important to respect the ban on horses that we have on some of our trails. We have laid out trails specifically for horses in some of our areas (you can find them under Recreation areas). If you ride on our woodland paths, keep to the middle. Keep in mind that there are many visitors with different intrests that share the same trails in our areas.
Why don't you remove dead trees that are lying around?
Most trees are removed, especially after a storm. But to leave dead wood in the forest is a way of preserving biodiversity. The old trees become homes for insects.
Where can I set up my tent?
You can camp for a night or so according to the Right of public access. Remember to not disturb the landowner or damage the environment around you. Place your tent on rugged ground and not in pastures, agricultural land or in tree plantations. You may not place it near people's houses either. If you are camping for several days or if you are part of a bigger group, then you need to ask the landowner for permission.
Can I make a fire?
You can make a fire but always make sure that there is no danger of the fire spreading and that you have water to extinguish it with. Only use sticks and branches that are lying on the ground.
What rules are there in nature reserves?
Several of our areas are entirely, or in part, nature reserves. Keep in mind that there are additional restrictions to the Right of public access here. There is information about the rules that apply in each recreation area in our folders and on information signs.
Is it dangerous to go through pastures?
No, for the most part. But you should respect the animals and pay particular attention if there are calves or foals around. Remember to keep your dog on a lead when you go through because loose dogs can make the animals nervous.
Why are fallen or uprooted trees dangerous?
When a tree has fallen there is a risk that the heavy roots, soil and stones that have been pulled out of the ground may fall down again. This is particularly a risk if the tree trunk has been cut off and the roots are standing on their side on their own. You should not climb up onto or under an uprooted tree.