Volunteer to protect the countryside

Countryside lovers are being invited to step forward and help protect and maintain Somerset’s public rights of way which is in excess of 6000km (3,728 miles) through the ‘Adopt a Path’ scheme.

Walkers, cyclists and horse riders can help support Somerset County Council’s Rights of Way team when they are out and about on their favourite Public Footpaths, Public Bridleways, Restricted Byways and Byways Open to All Traffic (BOAT).

Volunteers are invited to ‘Adopt a Path’ to report back any issues such as overgrown stiles or gates, missing or overgrown signposts or waymarks and overgrown vegetation. Most importantly these volunteers assist a step further by helping to keep pinch points, signs, stiles and gates vegetation free.

In return, Somerset County Council will provide help and advice, cover under their insurance policy, and can provide secateurs and gloves to help volunteers maintain paths in tip top condition for all to enjoy.

Deputy Leader of the Council, Councillor David Hall, said: “A huge thank you to the many volunteers who already Adopt a Path throughout Somerset. The paths available for adoption cross the open hills on the Mendips, Quantocks and Blackdowns and the lowlands on the Somerset Levels, through woodlands and along beaches providing a wide range of views and experiences – some of the most beautiful parts of Somerset.

“Applying to Adopt a Path couldn’t be easier. Apply online or contact us direct and we can then discuss which area or parish you’d like to adopt within.

The scheme is open to everyone, with under 18s welcome to participate along with a parent or guardian.

For more information, email rowvolunteers@somerset.gov.uk , phone 0300 123 2224 or apply online at http://www.somerset.gov.uk/get-involved/volunteering/volunteer-with-the-public-rights-of-way-team/

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For further information, please contact the Press Office on 01823 355020 or email pressoffice@somerset.gov.uk

Notes to editors

Photo attached shows path maintenance in action!