Port Meadow in Oxford has reopened after foot and mouth restrictions were lifted.

The meadow has been closed since February 28 due to the outbreak.

Oxford City and Oxfordshire County councils have decided it is safe to reopen the beauty spot to the public following talks with experts including vets at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.

However, the public is asked to:

*Keep dogs on leads

*Not leave waste food or litter anywhere and do not feed any animals

*Keep away from livestock

*Make sure that gates are left shut.

Melody Mobus, the city council's senior estates surveyor, said: "We regret the inconvenience that has been caused to the many people who enjoy using Port Meadow.

"We would like to thank the public for helping us by staying away during the closure."

With the relaxing of restrictions, there are few rights of way and very little land in the city still closed to the public.

The following remain closed to pedestrians:

*Magdalen College Grounds

*The Angel and Greyhound Meadow

*The Thames towpath north of Binsey

*The canal towpath north of Frenchay Road

*Some paths in the Cherwell Valley.

All other rights of way, parks, nature parks and reserves and public open space in Oxford are now open.

Outside Oxford, paths are gradually being reopened.

People are reminded that they must not go where closure notices are displayed.